The Importance of Having Qualifications in your IndustryTweet
Having the necessary qualifications in your workplace isn’t only beneficial for you and your employer, but can literally mean the difference between life and death.
The ability to perform live saving techniques
Being qualified in applying first aid and performing CPR isn’t only a handy skill to have– it can mean saving someone’s life. Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home, so the life you could potentially save could very well be your loved ones.
The National Heart Foundation of Australia found that each year up to 30000 Australians have cardiac arrests but only 20-30% receive CPR.
An investigation into Australian workplaces by St John Ambulance found that receiving basic training in first aid was the top factor that employees cite as explaining their high confidence in performing first aid.
Section 274 of the newly approved WHS Act, states what is a reasonably acceptable first-aid ready workplace. Further investigation found that only one in eight Australian workplaces were sufficiently compliant in being ‘first aid ready’.
Qualifications speak louder than words!
The fact that you have qualifications can improve your resume dramatically. Qualifications in fields such as first aid and security not only broaden your choice of careers, but show potential employers the knowledge and skills you have and that you possess the ability to learn and take on challenges.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics found that 83% of employed people reported the qualifications they had helped within their industry.
Benefits to both employee and employers
Training existing employees in management, workplace health and safety, CPR and first aid not only complies companies with certain laws, but helps to enrich the workplace culture as one that retrains and builds from within.
The importance of having qualifications in your particular industry is invaluable – in terms of benefits, abilities and of course, the ability to help others around you that you care about.