Training participants in the UK learn about constructing emergency shelters
For people who have lost everything in a major disaster, humanitarian relief is often the only lifeline available. We have long known that making aid more effective, efficient and reliable will mean disaster-hit communities receive better support.
That’s why we dedicate so much time to equipping aid workers with the latest technical skills and know-how. Our UK programme trains scores of current and future aid workers every year through both introductory and specialist courses in a range of disciplines.
Our courses are renowned for their practical approach – ensuring every participant leaves with skills they can apply in real-life disaster response, as well as the confidence to put their training into practice. In a stressful emergency situation, both are vital to effective aid delivery.
Our UK training courses cover everything from how to effectively manage humanitarian projects to the essentials of field logistics and needs assessments in emergencies - and much more besides.
We also deliver essential 'training of trainers' for people who are passing on newly learnt skills or experience to fellow aid workers.
With the increasing risks to aid workers, ensuring staff safety and security in difficult or dangerous locations is always a concern for humanitarian agencies. We’re continually developing our security programme in response to current needs and trends. In the past year, we have trained 220 aid workers in essential security skills, ensuring more humanitarians stay safe in the field and aid continues to reach those who need it.
Making aid work harder for disaster hit communities is also about ensuring we play a leading role in identifying, encouraging and supporting the next generation of humanitarians.
We are the leading provider of introductory and foundation courses for potential or newly qualified humanitarians including the popular 'So You Think You Want to be a Relief Worker?' and 'Essentials of Humanitarian Practice'. Over 300 people completed these courses in 2010, helping ensure potential and early-career aid workers have the latest information about humanitarian standards and practices at their fingertips.
We are at the forefront of the drive to professionalise the humanitarian sector by providing a number of credit-rated courses in partnership with Oxford Brookes University.
These courses offer affordable and transferable academic recognition to aid workers, helping them to gain credits towards Masters level qualifications.