Ready For Life

Our Ready for Life programme is a two day course suitable for any young person 16 years and older. Upon completion, participants receive two industry recognised qualifications which are valid for 3 years. These are the Emergency First Aid at Work (SCQF6) and First Aid for Mental Health Awareness (SCQF4) certificates. Both these qualifications can be included in a young person’s attainment record.

The programme is designed to provide young people with important skills to prepare them for their next steps when they leave school. Having these lifesaving skills can not only benefit personal and community resilience, it also increases the prospects of a young person entering employment or higher education. The Ready for Life course has been designed to link with frameworks including the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. More information can be found in our brochure here

We can provide this course in both mainstream and ASN Secondary Schools, as well as in employability settings. The programme is delivered by our professionally qualified First Aid and Mental Health First Aid Trainer/Assessors.

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What are the benefits of the programme for young people?

Young people who have completed the programme have benefitted from:

  • Increased confidence and greater peer interactions
  • Increased employability and volunteering opportunities
  • Additional qualifications for their CV
  • Improved communication skills
  • An increased desire to contribute to their communities

What are the benefits for schools?

Schools have reported the following benefits:

  • Supports school-leaver attainment statistics (both qualifications can be listed on the young person’s attainment record
  • Accessible qualifications for those out with regular attainment
  • Increase in first aid and mental health first aid provided within the school environment
Information for funders

We endeavour to make this course accessible to young people who would most benefit from these qualifications. In order to achieve this we rely on the generous support of funders to enable us to deliver this for free to these individuals. Contact us to see how you can support this programme or for more information.


“The pupils were all engaged with the sessions, they enjoyed the sessions, they were able to work in a group setting (very big deal) as this can be difficult due to anxiety and/or due to turn taking and listening skills, they were able to stay and complete the training without having to move about (take breaks) pupils gained SQA credits and gave them valuable life skills.  Furthermore, pupils from 3 schools were able to be comfortable with each other and work well together.”

(Teacher, ASN school)

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