We’ve been approved for the High-Speed Rail and Infrastructure Technician Standard EPA

Are you a rail sector employer or training provider looking for assessment services to help your apprentices reach their destination?

Well, here at Highfield we’re on track for apprenticeship success after being approved to deliver end-point assessment (EPA) for the High-Speed Rail and Infrastructure Technician Standard.  

And we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to, which means we can offer your business a full range of assessment services, support and advice to help you and your apprentices achieve your goals.

So whether you are considering taking on apprentices for the first time, wanting to have your existing in-house training recognised, or searching for services to ensure you claim your full share of levy funding, get on board with Highfield.

Find out more by dropping us a line at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling 0845 2260350/01302 363277.

Or go to www.highfieldassessment.com

Highfield Qualifications is recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and sits on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations. Our EPA services are delivered through our Highfield Assessment brand.

 

Highfield approved for cabin crew standard EPA

We’re already one of the leading end-point assessment organisations in the country with one of the widest portfolios of standards covered.

But now we can include cabin crew to the standards we can deliver EPA for, after receiving official approval from the government.

If you are an employer or provider in the recruitment sector and are interested in hearing more about the services we can provide around assessment for these standards, just drop us a line at info@highfieldassessment.com

Or you can talk to us on 0845 226 0350 / 01302 363 277, where one of our team members will be happy to talk you through the options available.

Highfield Qualifications is recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and sits on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations.

EPA services are offered through our Highfield Assessment brand.

Words with Highfield…Risk zone

Each Monday, we’ll bring you a new word, phrase or term from one of the sectors we work in, and explain its meaning.

Today we look at risk zone.

‘Risk zone: the approximate temperature range within which the multiplication of some bacteria is possible, i.e. from 5°C to 60°C, and the most rapid growth occurs between 20°C and 50°C (previously known as the danger zone).’

For information on Highfield’s food safety qualifications, go to our food safety page.

Behind the scenes…refreshing the SCPLH qualifications

Back in 2013, two new licensing qualifications were developed. Working together with People1st, the Scottish Government and other awarding organisations, Highfield developed a replacement of the old Award for Scottish Personal Licence Holders (On and Off Sales) and to satisfy mandatory training requirements specified within Scottish licensing law, the SCPLH Refresher came into being.

However, since 2013 a number of new Bills and amendments to legislation have come into effect and as the qualifications have been live for 5 years this means that they themselves are due a refresh.

So once again, Highfield have joined a steering group and are working with People1st, the SQA, the Scottish Government and other stakeholders in the licensing industry to develop new, updated versions of the qualifications which are due to launch in 2019.  

During 2019, Highfield will be seeking the views of training providers, employers and others in the licensing industry to provide us with feedback to help shape the new qualifications. It’s important to us that the qualifications provide value to both licence holders and the trade as a whole. 

So keep an eye out for more information throughout 2019!

And for more information on recent updates to the SCPLH qualifications, check out our previous articles on the changes and on how to book your refresher.

The Future of Food Safety – Converting Certification to Competence

Highfield Food Safety CPD Event

The Future of Food Safety

As we welcome in the new year, like many of you, we’re also looking to and planning for the future. In 2019 we’re as committed as we’ve ever been to raising food safety standards through qualifications and supporting training. On Tuesday 19 February, Highfield Chairman Richard Sprenger will deliver two CPD sessions on what the future of food safety might look like.

These half-day CPD sessions will provide food safety trainers, training managers from corporate organisations, and enforcement officers with the chance to discuss our proposals for the future of food safety and HACCP training, share in Richard Sprenger’s knowledge and participate in our vision for improving food safety based on our global experience.

We’ve written the most popular books on food safety and, over the last 35 years, evolved into the UK’s leading provider of regulated food safety qualifications, training materials and e-learning.

Fifty years of promoting food safety in roles as diverse as enforcement officer, government adviser, director and chairman of an awarding organisation have given Richard an insight into food safety that is unrivalled. His passion has seen him travel the world working with trainers, large companies and government bodies to implement improvements to food safety standards.

It is this experience that ensures that not only are Highfield’s solutions to food-safety issues based on good science, but that they are pragmatic and practical for the real-world situations that occur in business.

Since 2010 Highfield, under the leadership of Richard, has been heavily involved in the implementation of the Dubai government’s mandated Person in Charge (PIC) Programme, a programme that has seen measurable and meaningful success in improving standards of food safety.  

This success has given Highfield the blueprint for a new way of implementing food safety and hygiene improvements. A way that sees the certificate reflect competency, rather than just a box-ticking exercise in the latest third-party audit or inspection.

At this event Highfield will unveil what we believe will be a significant step forward in converting ‘the certificate on the wall’ to genuine competence in the workplace, and provide food businesses with the means to accept the responsibility for food safety and HACCP within their business.

This is the ideal CPD event for anyone with responsibility for training or implementing food safety improvements.

Delegates can choose from two sessions, with one session in the morning and a second session taking place in the afternoon. The timings and the agenda can be seen below.

Agenda:

Morning session –

8.30 – 9.00am: Registration and refreshments
9.00-10.00am: Improving food safety
10.00-10.30am: HACCP in catering
10.30-10.45am: Break and refreshments
10.45am – 11.45am: The future of food safety: certified programmes and HACCP for catering v CODEX

Afternoon session –

12.45-1.15pm: Registration and refreshments
1.15-2.15pm: Improving food safety
2.15-2.45pm: HACCP in catering
2.45-3.00pm: Break and refreshments
3.00-4.00pm: The future of food safety: certified programmes and HACCP for catering v CODEX

Attendance at this event will award participants with 3 CPD hours.

Places cost £35+VAT for Highfield centres and £55+VAT for non-centres.

To book your place, click here or call 0845 226 0350/01302 363277.

Highfield 2018 end-of-year review

It wouldn’t be Christmas without an end-of-year review. And what a year it’s been.

What with being named Awarding Organisation of the Year by the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and picking up another accolade in the Learning Technologies Awards, 2018 has certainly been a fantastic 12 months to remember.

But those aren’t the only reasons we’ll be celebrating this Christmas. Our achievements this year have included:

  • becoming the third largest awarding organisation in the UK
  • beating our target of raising £50,000 for our chosen charity VICTA
  • achieving over 800,000 users on our free counterterrorism e-learning in just a few months
  • seeing two of our colleagues recognised by the Metropolitan Police for their contribution to counterterrorism training
  • launching our e-assessment platform, Highfield Works, to bring our customers fast and effective online assessment

However, it’s not just about awards success. It’s about being the best provider of qualifications, training materials and e-learning to our many loyal customers. And we believe we are.

So once again, have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

And in case you missed them, here’s a round up of our top stories from the last few weeks of 2018.

Serco apprentice first in England to complete new aviation qualification
Serco apprentice Brook Bloomfield has become the first ever to complete the new Aviation Ground Operative Standard in England, passing his training with a distinction. The apprenticeship was delivered by Serco in partnership with Highfield Assessment, which is part of Highfield Qualifications and recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO).
http://www.highfieldqualifications.net/serco-apprentice-first-in-england-to-complete-new-aviation-qualification/

How to with Highfield…booking your SCPLH refresher
If you’re working in the Scottish licensed trade, you’ll no doubt be aware of the changes to the rules around the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) and personal licence renewal. We go through the steps you need to take to book your renewal.
http://www.highfieldqualifications.net/how-to-with-highfield-booking-your-scplh-refresher/

Highfield e-learning joins the eLearning Network
We’re delighted to announce that Highfield e-learning is now an official partner of the eLearning Network (eLN). The eLN is a not-for-profit, community interest company run by the e-learning community for the learning community.
http://www.highfieldqualifications.net/highfield-e-learning-joins-the-elearning-network/

Allergens in food: Russian roulette for customers?
Allergens have been all over the news recently. But do you know how to keep customers and your business safe?
http://www.highfieldqualifications.net/allergens-in-food-russian-roulette-for-customers/

Highfield approved for recruitment EPA
We’re already one of the leading end-point assessment organisations in the country with one of the widest portfolios of standards covered. But now we can include Recruitment Consultant and Recruitment Resourcer to the standards we can deliver EPA for, after receiving official approval from the government.
http://www.highfieldqualifications.net/highfield-approved-for-recuitment-epa/

Is your Care Certificate e-learning GDPR compliant?
We’ve updated our Care Certificate e-learning to make it fully compliant with the GDPR, meaning we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to. Developed by Highfield e-learning, it is one of the most comprehensive packages available anywhere for employees taking the Care Certificate, and is backed by Highfield’s expertise in developing the official Care Certificate Handbook.
http://www.highfieldqualifications.net/is-your-care-certificate-e-learning-gdpr-compliant/

Five new pathways for the updated underage sales prevention qualification
Highfield has launched a new version of the Highfield Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (RQF) to better reflect specific job roles within the licensed trade. The qualification is designed to assist those who are preparing to work in retail or licensed premises that offer age-restricted products and services to the public.
http://www.highfieldqualifications.net/five-new-pathways-for-the-updated-underage-sales-prevention-qualification/

Highfield reaccredited for ISO  
After lots of hard work by our team, we’ve been recognised for ISO 9001: 2015, based on the ‘creation, development, implementation and management of all qualifications, end-point assessments and associated assessment materials’.
http://www.highfieldqualifications.net/highfield-reaccredited-for-iso/   

New level 3 qualification does the business
Highfield has launched a brand-new qualification specifically for learners working within business administration.  The Highfield Level 3 Diploma for Business Administrators (RQF) has been designed to cover the knowledge and skills requirements of the Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard. www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/apprenticeships/businessadministration/l3banew    

 

Christmas closing 2018

It’s been a successful and award-winning 2018 for us at Highfield, so we’re looking forward to a well-deserved break (not to mention a mince pie or two).

But business goes on, and we know that for some of you, December is also one of the busiest months of the year.

If you need to place orders with us, please note that the Highfield offices close at 17:30 on Thursday 20 December 2018 and reopen at 08:30 on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

We will have our Christmas helpers on hand to answer any queries on Thursday 27 December 2018, though unfortunately we will not be able to process any orders as our distribution centre will be closed.
But what if you have something urgent you need to order?

Don’t worry, our little Christmas helpers have that covered too!

If your order is urgent, place it by 13:00 on Wednesday 19 December 2019. We’ll make sure it’s sent via next-day delivery so you receive it in good time.  

If your order is not so urgent, place it by 12:30 on Thursday 20 December 2018 and you’ll receive it over the Christmas period.

Any orders placed after these dates and times will be dispatched when the offices reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

As always, we’d like to thank you for your continued support over the last 12 months. 2018 has been an outstanding year for us, and has seen Highfield win the Awarding Organisation of the Year title, along with another Learning Technologies Award, launch a new e-assessment platform and become one of the leading providers for end-point assessment (nearly 30 standards and counting!).

But it’s not just about us. Each year we like to remind our customers of the work we do to support Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA), our chosen charity.

We know that many of you make a contribution to a charity each Christmas, and we appreciate that for many of you that’s often a very personal choice, so we will be making our own contribution to VICTA this Christmas on top of the funds our brilliant teams have raised through their endeavours this year.

You can find out more at www.victa.org.uk (Charity Registration Number: 1065029) if you would like to make a donation yourself.

So finally, on behalf of everybody at Highfield, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We look forward to what we believe will be yet another successful year in 2019 with you.

Highfield duo celebrate successful year with VICTA

Our very own tireless charity fundraisers Hollie Nasralla and Ellie Cowin got the chance to kick off their heels and enjoy themselves as they attended the VICTA Christmas Party on 23 November to help celebrate another successful year of fundraising for the charity.

The party coincided with the launch of the VICTA activities calendar for 2019, providing everyone with the perfect opportunity to volunteer for different activities or even generate an interest in new families who want to get involved with the charity.

VICTA works to provide equipment, services and events that help blind and visually impaired children and young people develop socially, emotionally and educationally, as well as offering their parents a vital network of support and information.

It’s also Highfield’s chosen charity, and to date we’ve raised nearly £50,000 to support them through various activities.

So here’s some pics from the party, as well as some pics from Hollie and Ellie doing a great job with the kids at an early years weekend they supported in October.

For more information on VICTA, click here

If you would like to support us in our fundraising, click here.  

Serco apprentice first in England to complete new aviation qualification

Serco apprentice Brook Bloomfield, who has become the first ever to complete the new Aviation Ground Operative Standard apprenticeship in England.

Serco apprentice Brook Bloomfield has become the first ever to complete the new Aviation Ground Operative Standard in England, passing his training with a distinction. 

Brook joined Serco as a Level 2 Aviation Ground Operative Apprentice working at RAF Brize Norton in June 2017, a job role he describes as his life ambition.

The apprenticeship was delivered by Serco in partnership with Highfield Assessment, which is part of Highfield Qualifications and recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO).

Aviation ground operatives work to ensure the efficient and effective arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft. Safety, security and compliance with aviation regulations are at the heart of the role and the focus of day to day duties.

Brook’s apprenticeship has given him 18 months of on the job practical experience working alongside more than 40 colleagues that make up the Serco Ramp Services team at the RAF base.

Brook said, ‘I’ve wanted to work in aviation since I was old enough to talk, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do and, it’s my life ambition so when I saw this opportunity come up with Serco I jumped at the chance.

With this being the first time the new Apprenticeship Standard has been delivered we have had to navigate our way through the new requirements, but I love this job, it ticks all of my boxes and I’m so proud to be where I am now.’

Airfield Services Manager Mark Cridland, who along with his two Ramp Trainers has been responsible for managing the delivery of Brook’s Aviation Ground Operative apprenticeship said, ‘This has been an exceedingly challenging yet rewarding project.  My Training Supervisors and Brook should be proud of what they have achieved; between them, they have set an exceedingly high standard for those that follow, to replicate’.

RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire is the Royal Air Force’s largest station and is used as the main Air Point of Embarkation (APOE) for deploying UK troops overseas. Serco have delivered a range of services on behalf of the MOD at RAF Brize Norton for more than 20 years.

For more information on the Level 2 Aviation Ground Operative Apprenticeship Standard can be found here

For more on Serco, click here

How to with Highfield…booking your SCPLH refresher

If you’re working in the Scottish licensed trade, you’ll no doubt be aware of the changes to the rules around the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) and personal licence renewal.

Specifically, if you already hold an SCPLH qualification and are a licence holder whose licence is coming up for renewal, it’s best practice to sit the refresher as soon as possible, and send the qualification certificate with your application for renewal.

So how do you organise your refresher?

1. If you’re an individual licence holder, go to our Course Finder Plus page to search for refresher courses near you: https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/coursefinderplus

2. If you’re a trainer, go to the members’ area of the Highfield Qualifications site to see if your certificate is due for renewal. You can book it through our system there and then. Or you can speak to your account manager. Trainers don’t need a licence, but do need an SCPLH qualification and up-to-date CPD which can include refresher training.

3. If you’re an employer and not already working with us, get in touch with us below. We already work with some of the biggest names in Scottish licensing, and have a range of qualifications, training resources and e-learning to help you.

Applications for renewal of personal licences issued on 1 September 2009 must reach licensing boards by 31 May 2019, or three months before the expiry date.

So don’t be late. Last time there were changes, nearly 8000 people missed out!