Santander will train staff in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as part of our ambition to create a Nation of Lifesavers.
With over 900 branches across the UK, Santander is the first high street bank to commit to training its workforce in CPR.
Santander will be rolling CPR training out across the bank in 2015, beginning with their regional head offices this summer before taking it to the branch network in the autumn, ultimately reaching more than 20,000 staff.
Vicky Wallis, HR Director, Santander, said: “We are proud to be the first high street bank to offer our colleagues the BHF’s unique Call Push Rescue training. Knowing how to carry out CPR is a vital life skill and it will give our people the confidence to help if an emergency happens at home or at work. We would encourage all UK businesses to join us and help create a Nation of Lifesavers.”
The announcement comes as statistics reveal that much of the public expect staff in public facing roles, such as high street shops (39%), airports (66%) and restaurants (37%), to be trained in CPR.
The figures also show that over 70% of people think CPR should be taught in the workplace, as part of a staff induction and over half (56%) said that companies should do all that they can to ensure their staff are trained in CPR.
We’re currently a long way from turning the UK into a Nation of Lifesavers, where everyone has the skills and confidence to perform CPR. We want more businesses and workplaces
to follow Santander’s example by committing just 30 minutes of every employee’s day to learning CPR.