Why Join Us?
Our members range from the UK's largest educational travel providers to smaller specialist operators, who all enjoy a wealth of benefits that promote best practice and help to grow their businesses. These include:
• Influence: As the awarding body of the LOtC Quality Badge, the STF is recognised as the kitemark for safety and quality in educational travel by Schools, Teachers and Outdoor Educational Advisors. • Free Guidance: STF helplines offer advice on Legal, Health and Safety, Transport and Adventurous Activities. Our downloadable guidance papers offer support on an array of topics to help keep your company and customers safe. • Health & Safety: We help companies to implement and maintain a robust and effective health and safety management system. • Knowledge: Shared information and resources keeps our members at the forefront of industry developments and enhancements. • Lobbying: We lobby on behalf of the members in all areas of student travel and outdoor learning.
You do not have to join the STF to be awarded a Quality Badge, but the standards, process and costs are identical.
All previous applicants have sought both as there are benefits in holding both the STF Assured Member and LOtC QB Awards.
Additionally, discounts are available to new STF members, your views will be actively sought and represented in all decision making processes and there is a valuable web-based members resource area.
Contact the STF office and a full application pack will be sent to you. Please ensure you read the information sent to you fully, there are rules relating to third party schemes, which ensure consistent trading standards and financial security arrangements.
Step 2New applicants are enrolled as Non-assured Members on return of the application form and payment of the first year’s fee.
A membership manual will be sent to you and access is immediately granted to the STF Member’s Area and Library, which also contains full details of the Manual. This provides an industry standard risk management scheme, which is of significant value for corporate governance.
In addition, our auditors and health & safety advisors, Argent, will be in touch. They can also help you get started and advise on safety matters.
When you decide you are ready to be audited, you will be required to complete our self-audit form (this in itself is a good self-check to ensure you are ready) and send it to the STF office.
We will arrange for our auditors to contact you to arrange the audit.
Most audits can be completed in one day and you will be advised on the day if your audit has been successful. If further work is needed (described as working towards), or where there are significant non-compliances means that you have failed, our auditors will always provide guidance and support towards achieving good practice.
The AwardArgent will then advise us and you will be able to complete the online registration at the LOtC QB website. They will check your status with us and authorise us to issue your Quality Badge.
You will now be able to display the STF Assured Member and LOtC Quality Badge logos and use your awards in publicity.
Important: all Assured Members and QB holders are subsequently required to be audited annually to maintain accreditation. Become a Member