The First Choice Training Division was established in 2010 in response to an increased demand for staff to receive work based training courses and to meet increasing legal requirements. First Choice Training caters for all employment sectors; we have a team of qualified and experienced trainers who provide specialist practical instruction and awareness raising courses.
It all starts with our own staff, who are highly trained themselves, through a free client consultation they are able to create individually targeted programmes based on your company’s exact needs. All our courses are fully interactive and use various methods to deliver informative, yet interesting training.
Some training is vital for certain industries, such as, first aid and food hygiene but additional training like conflict management is important for the business as a whole, for staff it not only raises skill levels but morale and job satisfaction.
First Choice has a fully resourced training suite in our Belfast Head Office which is available free of charge to clients if they do not have the capacity to hold training within their own premises or would prefer staff to train in a different environment.
All the staff we supply to clients in Healthcare, Commercial, Industrial and Professional capacities are fully trained with the relevant mandatory courses for the specific role they work in. Our healthcare candidates are fully trained over and above all regulatory and mandatory levels prior to any placements.
Below are our most popular courses, however the training we offer covers a wide range of sectors and skills. For any questions or enquiries on the full range of training we offer please contact your local First Choice branch or fill out our contact form.
Fab company to work for. Worked for a year now, great trainers and staff!
Nichola Jane Millar
By far, the best first aid training I have ever attended. Gary made the training current, relevant and extremely enjoyable! 10 out of 10 First Choice, I was suitably impressed... keep up the good work!
Highly recommend, completed my training a few weeks back and started working at the local hospital! Thanks to the trainers Karen, Gary and Darren.
Just completed two days of training. Thanks to Karen, Gary and Darren for keeping it interesting and patiently answering all questions. Met a great group of people to train along with and also the girls in the office for sorting out uniforms and I'd badges. Thank you.
Big thanks to Gary & Darren for all the free training. I was so nervous about learning clinical, first aid, infection control & manual handling, and so much more. The guys make you feel at ease and talk and show everything step by step!
I have made new friends from these classes and never thought I would actually like training days.
See use next year guys all being well. Thanks for the free tea and biscuits
Just completed my second full days training with First Choice in Belfast and I have to say hands down brilliant. I've been caring for over 10 years and have attended many courses while working as a Carer with other companies but First Choice Trainers are absolutely the best I've seen. The knowledge and experience & skills we were taught and learned especially by Gary Gillespie, who made it very interesting from start to finish so looking forward to working as part of First Choice.
The First Aid course that Philip delivered for the County Antrim Harriers was a very appropriate blend of technical and practical. It was pitched at the correct level to give us as coaches enough understanding and confidence to be of assistance to anyone in need.
The process was delivered in a logical and simplified manner so that we could easily follow and more importantly remember.
The team that attended on the night now understand their role in and the procedures involved and should their assistance ever be needed they now feel confident enough to deliver that help.
Raymond HilmanCounty Antrim Harriers
In regards to the First Choice training days I found them to be very enjoyable and was able to gain a lot of knowledge from them. As it was my first time being there I found the tutors very understanding and helpful. It was also a good chance to meet with other First Choice employees. It was a very fun day.
Ashleigh JacksonColeraine Temp Staff
Just wanted to say that the training I attended with First Choice was excellent, very in depth and thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks!
Kisell HegartyColeraine Temp Staff
I had my training in October and have to say it was very interesting and I enjoyed the two days.. it has helped me to do my job to the best of my ability.
Joanne DinsmoreColeraine Temp Staff
First choice training was great. A lot more informative than expected and the trainers were fantastic. It didn't feel like a long day at all due to their content and humour.
Nicole JacksonColeraine Temp Staff
As a day care provider quality training is a necessity within our group and First-Choice have delivered excellent Safeguarding training to staff throughout our 6 nurseries. Safeguarding forms part of our mandatory training and this is both difficult and sensitive yet an extremely important topic. Darran Crawford delivers this training and feedback from all staff has been extremely positive. He achieves the balance of discussing case studies and issues with a positive learning outcome for staff, in keeping with our policies and practices. I would not hesitate in using Darren and First-Choice for future training needs.
Jill McWilliamsTraining Co-ordinator - Clearday Nurseries
I have recently just completed my yearly training with first choice and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Gary, Karen and Darren make the training interesting and get the group involved with discussing personal experiences. I found it very beneficial for the type of work that I am carrying out at the minute with first choice services. All trainers are always ready to help and answer any questions that you may have. Definitely a top class training course.
Jennifer GreyBangor Temp Staff
First choice training is brilliant the training staff are professional and deliver a unique and up-to-date training which has enabled me to carry out my duties with the right knowledge and confidence required. A bright and relaxed atmosphere helps you enjoy whilst learning new skills. Simply great!
Diane WorlandBangor Temp Staff
We used First Choice for some in-house training. The service was efficient, friendly and professional. The trainers were very experienced in their field and made the training relevant to our setting. We would certainly be happy to recommend this service to others.
Claire McConnellClub Manager - Ballyclare Afterschool Club
We have used First Choice Training a number of times for Safeguarding and First Aid Training. We have found the training to be of a very high standard and carried out with utmost professionalism. First Choice are always willing to work with us in providing training at a time that suits our team and within our budget.
Una DoughertyAisling Daycare
We completed training with First Choice in March 2016. The service was excellent from start to finish and we would highly recommend their services. We will use First Choice again when more training is required at the surgery. The staff were very helpful, friendly and easy to communicate with.