Accidents and emergencies don’t happen in the classroom, so why train in one!
The Practical Training Hub was designed and created to provide a realistic and ‘life like’ training environment so that attendees do not have to ‘imagine’ an instructor described environment/ situation, instead, they can be immersed within an environment especially created to be as close to the ‘real thing’ as can be achieved.
We truly believe that face to face training in realistic environments is the best way for not only participants to learn, but also for them to feel confident, so, it is our ambition to facilitate some of the most interactive and realistic face to face training in the country, regardless of the level of training.
Regardless of the training that you are undertaking, its fair to say that no one wants to sit in front of a trainer reading from power point, however, with training often delivered from a ‘standard’ classroom with limited ‘break out’ rooms/spaces, unfortunately, this is often what is delivered.
The site itself has everything you would expect from a training location including ample free parking, toilets a café and seated area for between sessions along with several training rooms, however, it also has a custom built 3550 square foot multi-room training environment with multiple themed rooms including a staff room with kitchenette, office, bathroom, workspace, corridors and outdoor compound; all to provide the most realistic, engaging and practical training available!
In addition to the large indoor themed training environment, there is also a secure and private outdoor compound which is perfect for bringing a variety of outdoor training to life.
This space is ideal for staging a variety of accidents and incidents, either for learners to consider and discuss rather than have to imagine, or, more often than not, to allow for active participation! The compound also has dedicated training vehicles to allow for scenarios involving vehicles as well as providing an open space to allow for gas fire rigs to be used for fire extinguisher training!
The facility is equipped with audio and visual recording abilities which can be viewed live in a control room by a trainer or other participants and facilitates visual self-analysis and/or critical examination after a set task has been undertaken. This media can also be provided to take away after the session for further review or evidence of competence.
There is also the option to change the audio and visual environment within the facility by reducing lighting levels, having flashing and/or strobe lighting, a variety of background noises and even smoke and/or pyrotechnics; all to make training as realistic and varied as possible.
TJ has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the outdoor pursuits sector and the outdoors in general through working for the largest outdoor educational provider in Europe as the Chief Instructor for their flag ship centre, working for the British Canoe Union as a Local Coaching Organiser as well as the Institute of Outdoor Learning as an internal verifier; helping to develop outdoor practitioners. In addition to his outdoor experience, TJ has held several senior management roles both within the outdoor industry as well as in his spare time where he volunteers for the Marine Society and Sea Cadets where he leads the South West Area paddlesports management team; responsible for helping roughly 4000 volunteers and cadets become active within paddle sports.
TJ has also attended Worcester University where he completed an FdSC in Paramedic Science, qualifying him as a Paramedic. Since qualifying, TJ has worked for a number of years for the South Western Ambulance Service as well as being an active first aid trainer; passing on his knowledge and experience in a pragmatic and practical way.
Laura has been involved in the outdoors and especially paddlesports since she was 10 as a flat water kayaking; starting off as a racer as a way of keeping fit and making new friends but then competing in sprint K1, K2 and K4 as well as marathon K1 and K2 at a national level and achieved many medals and trophies as well as becoming a national champion in her class in K1 500m.
Laura worked for many years as an instructor, head of stores and assistant chief instructor for the largest outdoor educational provider in Europe and also volunteers with the Marine Society and Sea Cadets where she provides activities to children aged 10-18.
Laura is usually the first person you meet when you attend our Newport site and not only keeps everything organised, cleaned and stocked, but also runs the onsite cafe; a lady with many talents!