It might be considered a ‘dead good’ job by some, and now a new online training course giving people an insight into funeral directing has been launched to capitalise on the growing interest in the industry, which is partly due to high profile storylines in television soap operas and dramas.

The 2015 Funeral Service Awareness course is formally accredited by One Awards and allows anyone thinking of joining the profession, or if they are just interested the role of the funeral director, a valuable window at low cost and with no obligation relating to other employment.

It has been launched in response to more people wishing to join the trade. The National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) said it has received 1500 enquiries in the last year alone regarding entry into the trade and education opportunities.

Alan Slater MBE, Chief Executive of the NAFD, said: “Interest in the industry is growing and some of that is down to a number of high profile storylines in in dramas and soap operas.

“We are taking that interest and demand and meeting it with an innovative training initiative that is not only flexible in terms of time completion, but also affordable and those who achieve the required standard receive an industry-recognised training certificate to take to an employer.”

The 2015 Funeral Service Awareness online training can be completed within one day or studied for over a longer period if required. Satisfactory achievement leads to a certificate of training from the NAFD. It costs only £125.

Areas covered within the training include:

  • understanding aspects of the funeral service;
  • funeral sector trends;
  • the role of the funeral service;
  • introducing pre-paid funeral plans;
  • the impact of bereavement and grief;
  • activities leading up to the day of the funeral;
  • working with clients;
  • the Role of the Coroner and Procurator Fiscal;

The funeral industry directly employed around 20,000 people.

Members surveyed by the NAFD said they regularly received job applications from members of the public, one saying they rarely had to advertise when a position became available because there was always a pool of applications on file.

Another said the course would be invaluable to give those who knew little about the sector as a way of helping them decide whether it was the right job for them.

Mr Slater said it was also there for members of associated industries who work alongside funeral directors, such as the emergency services or hospital staff who just want a greater understanding, adding: “There is a demand there that is important to supply. People are clearly interested in the industry and our duty to our members is to help facilitate that interest.”

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