Vocational Recognised Qualifications

We work with the AIM Group as our trusted training provider to provide fully funded Level 2, nationally accredited, and self-learning short courses which are available for our Volunteers and Staff.

We have selected seven courses that align with our support work for people and families impacted by Eating Disorders with each course taking on average 12 – 16 hours to complete (dependent on learner ability) over a period of six weeks.

Learners can either study online or using question and answer booklets – either way, 24hr AIM Group support is available to you throughout the course.

Vocational Courses can be taken by anyone who fit the eligibility criteria and can be a great way to up-skill, or as a personal self-learning tool, particularly if you feel you need extra knowledge and support with certain areas in your working life or volunteer role.

Our Events and Training Coordinator is on hand to provide support, answer any questions you may have and advise you on the right course for you, just get in touch


The purpose of this qualification is to support anyone who is responsible for the safeguarding of people and for helping prevent radicalisation. It gives learners an understanding of recognising the signs of abuse, how to reduce the risk of radicalisation and the potential consequences of illegal online activity.

All of our staff and volunteers require this training as a minimum requirement and attend annual refresher training.

Autism is a spectrum condition that affects how a person communicates with others and how they interpret the world around them. There are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism – more than 1 in every 100, and about 20% of our service users may have a dual diagnosis.

Having a clear understanding of the misconceptions, diagnoses and support surrounding autism are just some of the essential skills needed when working in mental health.

Having a learning difficulty means that people find it harder to learn certain skills. As this affects around 15% of people, it is important for those working in healthcare, social care and education to have knowledge of different Specific Learning Difficulties such as ADHD, dyslexia and dyscalculia.

Around 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability. Owing to the fact that they are likely to find it more difficult than others to describe their symptoms, a good knowledge of legislation and the healthcare system, as well as an understanding of signs and symptoms of various conditions, is essential for anyone working with individuals with learning disabilities.

Challenging behaviour is causing increasing concern today as many individuals have increasing levels of stress and uncertainty in their lives.

This behaviour can be due to factors such as anxiety, neglect, abuse, learning disabilities and conditions like dementia. Understanding the causes of challenging behaviour is the First Step towards finding ways to support individuals and manage their behaviour.

Mental health presents one of the greatest challenges to our society. With an estimated 450 million people worldwide suffering from a mental health problem, around a quarter of British adults will experience some form of mental health problem within the course of a year.

Mental health problems affect around 1 in 10 children and young people.

These issues can include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder and can often be a direct response to occurrences in their lives.

Emotional well-being is just as important as a child’s mental health, therefore it is important for those working with children and young people to have a good understanding of the concepts, risk factors and impact of mental health.

To book onto and join our next training cadre please speak with our Events and Training Coordinator training@firststepsed.co.uk

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