About Us

Established in 1994 First Choice Selection Services Ltd has become one of Northern Ireland’s premier Training Establishments offering a range of training services including Healthcare Training, General Workplace Training, Leadership and Management Training and Personal Development packages.

Meet the Team

Paul Crean

Area Manager

Paul joined First Choice in 1996 after having spent 11 years within the recruitment sector. As First Choice established their training division in 2011 Paul has been actively involved in the provision and development of our training.

Paul works alongside our training manager to ensure First Choice deliver the most up to date and bespoke training in the market place.

Michelle Crean

Michelle Crean

Training Manager

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Michelle Crean

Michelle Crean

Training Manager

Training Courses Covered: Client Handling, Manual Handling, Infection Control, Safeguarding Vulnerable People, Safeguarding Children and Young People and Person Centred Dementia Awareness.

Michelle holds a valid Professional Train to be a Trainer Certificate and is a qualified in Client Handling through the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Having worked for First Choice for eleven years she has hands on contact with our healthcare staff on a daily basis. Michelle also worked as a support worker and care worker for several years prior to working with First Choice whilst studying for her Diploma in Health and Social Care. With her prior knowledge and her healthcare work in First Choice Michelle fully understands the difficulties that care workers and support workers face in certain specialised environments. It is these difficulties she aims to overcome through her training techniques.

Karen Rainey

Karen Rainey

Senior Consultant

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Karen Rainey

Karen Rainey

Senior Consultant

Training Courses Covered: Basic Food Hygiene, Intermediate Food Hygiene, Advanced Food Hygiene and Fire Awareness.

Karen has been in her current role as senior recruitment consultant for the past ten years. Prior to this Karen worked as Catering Manager for sixteen years. Her knowledge of the food hygiene allows her training to be both relevant and informative. Karen is qualified through the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Karen also has her D32/33 NVQ Assessors qualification and holds a Professional Train to be a Trainer Certificate. As an NVQ Assessor Karen remains up to date with changes in legislation and requirements within the food industry.

Darran Crawford

Darran Crawford

Training Team

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Darran Crawford

Darran Crawford

Training Team

Courses covered: Risk Assessments, Challenging Behavior, Dementia Awarness, Conflict Management, Health and Safety in the Workplace, COSHH and various Soft Skills Training.

Darran also trains a range of courses and not only works for First Choice but also trains daily for the civil service. Darran is also qualified through Health and Safety Executive and the National Examination Body of Occupational Safety and Health. Darren holds a diploma in teaching in lifelong sector, he is also a city and Gilds conflict trainer.

Gary Gillespie

Gary Gillespie

Training Team

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Gary Gillespie

Gary Gillespie

Training Team

Training Courses Covered: Client Handling, Manual Handling, Infection Control, Safeguarding Vulnerable People, First Aid, CPR, AED and introduction to care.

Gary has level 3 award in training and education, he is British Red Cross first aid trained. He spent his entire working career in Health Care sector as a care assistant and a senior team leader and uses that knowledge base to feed into his training. Gary’s training is very interactive and working on the floor training. He includes practical day to day scenario’s and personal work based experience’s to enhance his training courses.

We are often considered as a one stop shop for our clients training needs. With premises in Belfast, Ballymena, Bangor, Coleraine, Enniskillen, Lurgan and Newry we service companies throughout Northern Ireland with affordable, bespoke and quality face to face interactive training.

Our training can be delivered at your own premises or at one of our training suites, whichever suits your company needs best. We also offer “Open Courses” in certain training if you find you only need 1 or 2 members of staff trained at a specific time of the year.