Highfield approved for recuitment 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.

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.

EVENT: Highfield Regulated First-Aid Qualification Assessor and IQA Training

Highfield is hosting an event in Doncaster this autumn to clarify the requirements in relation to internal quality assurance and the assessment of the full suite of regulated first-aid qualifications.

Held on 13 November 2018 at our Academy House office in Doncaster, the workshop provides an overview of the assessment and IQA processes, and gives training providers already offering Highfield first-aid qualifications advice and guidance on best practice.

Although attendance at this CPD event does not provide a formal qualification in the areas of assessing or IQA, and can only be used in the context of first-aid qualifications, these first-aid events are unlike other CPD events as they offer more than just a certificate with points. The CPD certificate gained from this particular event also enables the holder to fulfil the role of an assessor and internal quality assurer for regulated first-aid qualifications and is formally recognised by the industry and awarding organisations alike.

The information delivered at the event is based on guidance issued by Skills for Health, The Resuscitation Council (UK) and the HSE, and acts as formal first-aid CPD training. This is different to previous first-aid orientation sessions that were designed simply to introduce current and prospective first-aid centres to Highfield paperwork.

Attendance at the event entitles delegates to 6 CPD points. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask our experts any questions you may have, as well as network with other professionals. Feedback from attendees and centres confirms that this is one of the most popular CPD events delivered by Highfield Qualifications.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Attendance costs £50 plus VAT for Highfield-approved training providers, and £80 plus VAT for others.

For more information, or to book your place, click here

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.

The e-learning is designed to support the delivery of the knowledge elements of the Care Certificate, and can be fitted into existing workplace induction programmes. It covers all 15 standards included in the Care Certificate, with a 30-minute course (available individually) for each of the standards.

It’s also flexible so that each learner can complete the standards specific to their role, and is mapped to official health and social care qualifications so that prior learning can be recognised. And it’s fully customisable so that it meets the needs of individual organisations, and trackable so that learners’ progress can be monitored and verified.

Prices start at £25 per learner (based on 100 or more registrations).

For more information, go to www.highfieldelearning.com/products/care-certificate

You can also find out more by emailing us at info@highfieldelearning.co.uk or calling us on 0845 2260350/01302 363277.

 

Updates to products due to the GDPR

Since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we’ve been working hard to update all of our products to reflect the new law.

We’ve already let our approved-training centres know about the work we are doing through a video, which you can view here

As you can imagine, with hundreds of products available, there’s a lot of content to go through, but we’re delighted to say we’ve now updated our full range of Apprentikits and ekits.

We’ve also updated our full suite of security training presentations to reflect the updates and impact of the GDPR.

We’re expecting further updates over the coming months so watch this space.

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.

Based on extensive feedback from Highfield-approved training providers, the updated qualification will allow learners to choose between five different pathways depending on their job role – the first time this has been offered by any awarding organisation.

The five pathways are:

  • Retail
  • Licensed hospitality
  • Gambling
  • Restricted entertainment
  • Body modification

Jason Sprenger, Highfield Chief Executive, said, ‘We pride ourselves on listening and responding to our customers, and there was a clear demand for an underage sales qualification that was specific to job roles. This is the first time any awarding organisation has taken a bespoke rather than generic approach to this qualification, and it will give employers within those specific areas the trained and knowledgeable staff needed to operate safely and legally with confidence’.

The new qualification will continue to be assessed by a 30-minute, multiple-choice examination. However, the exam will now consist of 12 core questions and 6 pathway-specific questions.

It is designed to replace the existing Highfield Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (RQF), which will be available for delivery until 31 December 2018.

We have already issued an operational note to Highfield centres delivering the original qualification to inform them of the changes to registrations, examination papers and certification, as well as the withdrawal of units.

 

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. It can be completed alongside the apprenticeship to assist with the content delivery and evidence production, or as a stand-alone qualification.

Key topics include the organisation and the learner’s role within it, business fundamentals and project management.

The qualification is assessed through the completion of a portfolio of evidence, which will be internally assessed and quality assured by the centre, then externally assessed and quality assured by Highfield.

It can also act as an alternative or replacement for the Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration (RQF).

You can also find out more by contacting your account manager who will be happy to help, emailing us at sales@highfield.co.uk or calling us on 0845 2260350/01302 363277.

Highfield reaccredited for ISO

We always aim to be the best at what we do, so we’re over the moon to be 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’.

While it’s not the first time we’ve achieved ISO recognition, it’s the first time we’ve been recognised for end-point assessment and associated assessment materials, which we believe puts us right at the top when it comes to supporting training providers, employers and learners on apprenticeships.

ISO 9001 is a globally recognised quality mark that is part of a wider series of quality standards (ISO 9000). Developed and published by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), the standard sets out what organisations must do to implement superior quality management systems, and recognises those already doing this.

We first received our 9001:2008 certificate back in 2014, and this reaccreditation shows that we still put standards first. Highfield’s ISO recognition has been awarded by the accreditation service provider Chamber Certification Assessment Services (CCAS).

Bernard Zakary, Highfield’s Director of Qualification Development, said, ‘It’s another fantastic achievement by our team and highlights the work we put in each day to ensure the highest quality and standards when it comes to qualifications and apprenticeships. It’s also recognition of the level of service we provide each and every customer with, and demonstrates our commitment to being the best’.

Highfield welcomes the Federation of Awarding Bodies

Highfield was honoured to welcome Tom Bewick, Chief Executive of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), to its offices this September.

Tom, who was appointed to the post in May this year, visited Highfield’s head office in Doncaster on 19 September to understand more about the organisation, our work as an awarding organisation and in particular our support for the training providers and employers implementing the new apprenticeship standards.

He also received an update on some notable Highfield successes over the last couple of years, including winning the Queen’s Award and a Learning Technologies Award.

As well as meeting Highfield Chief Executive Jason Sprenger, Managing Director Chris Sprenger and Director of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeships Ben Cressey, Tom took the time to have a couple of pictures taken – and take a couple of selfies himself – which you can see here.

Tom said, ‘It was a pleasure to visit the whole team at Highfield and fascinating to learn more about the organisation’s achievements.  With qualifications growth at 30% per annum, they are one of the most rapidly expanding private sector employers in Doncaster, and a global leader in the field of work-based learning and apprenticeship qualifications’.

Richard Sprenger attends 18th Convocation of COTHM Pakistan & Dubai

Highfield Chairman Richard Sprenger was delighted to accept the invitation of COTHM Pakistan and Dubai to attend its 18th convocation on Saturday 29 September as chief guest.

The invitation comes on the back of a 2017 agreement between Highfield and COTHM, which saw the School of Food Safety and Health established, with the ultimate goal of improving food safety in Pakistan. The agreement means that COTHM offers the full suite of Highfield’s food safety qualifications.

The convocation saw a total of 200 students awarded qualifications in various programmes including hospitality, culinary arts, and travel and tourism management, and was attended by educationists, hospitality industry professionals, dignitaries, journalists and graduating students and their parents.

At the event Richard spoke passionately about the vision of COTHM and Highfield, stating that the college is ‘not just an academic institution but an idea and a vision’. He went on to say, ‘COTHM does not just prepare graduates with market-driven skills but produces graduates who are able to discover their own identity and serve the hospitality, travel and tourism industry in the true sense of the word.

The convocation saw COTHM CEO Mr Ahmad Shafiq delivered an address that highlighted the desire to expand internationally. The recent establishment of a campus in Dubai, UAE, will be followed by expansion into the wider MENA region. The partnership with Highfield plays a part in enabling COTHM students to access a global education network and provides them with the skills and qualifications necessary to operate at a top level within the international hospitality trade.

Speaking about his visit to COTHM, Richard commented, ‘It was a pleasure to be invited as a guest of honour and to speak at the convocation which saw 200 potential leaders of the hospitality industry graduate. Our work with COTHM is helping to inform food safety to a new generation and shows the regard with which Highfield qualifications are held internationally.’

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Highfield Qualifications is top of the class

One of the UK’s leading exam boards is celebrating after winning the top honour at its industry awards.

Highfield Qualifications took the coveted ‘Awarding Organisation of the Year’ accolade at this year’s FAB Awards.

FAB – the Federation of Awarding Bodies – is the membership organisation for the UK’s circa 170 technical and professional organisations. It represents awarding organisations to the highest bodies in the land, including government departments and ministers.

The business, which has three offices in the north of England and further offices in the Middle East, took the top honour after demonstrating its growth and development over the last 12 months, as well as its support for major projects including developing specialist qualifications for the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR).

Judges for the awards included Sir Deian Hopkin, former Vice Chancellor and former President of the National Library of Wales, Emily Chapman, Vice President of the National Union of Students, and David Willett, Director of the Business Development Unit at the Open University.

It’s the third major accolade for the organisation in as many years, with Highfield winning the prestigious Queen’s Award in 2016, and a Learning Technologies Award in 2017 for its e-learning.

Jason Sprenger, Chief Executive, said, ‘We’ve always prided ourselves on the quality of our work, and especially the quality of our people. But it’s fantastic to have that recognised by the wider education sector. To win Awarding Organisation of the Year is a huge achievement, and another feather in Highfield’s cap after our recent achievements in the Queen’s Award and Learning Technologies Awards’.

He added, ‘We really couldn’t have done this without our amazing and hardworking team, who make our core beliefs of quality, value, service and integrity into reality, and provide our customers with the world-class service and support they’ve come to expect’.

Tom Bewick, FAB Chief Executive, said, ‘With qualifications growth at 30% per annum, Highfield is one of the most rapidly expanding awarding organisations in the country, and were deserving winners of this prestigious award. It was a tough field full of some great organisations, but the judges were impressed by Highfield’s dedication and commitment to their customers and to developing world-class qualifications and learning programmes’.

The FAB Awards took place at the Marriott Hotel, Leicester, on 18 October 2018.

For more information on Highfield, go to www.highfieldqualifications.com

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Notes to editors:

  1. Highfield Qualifications is part of the Highfield Group, which is the UK and Middle East’s leading supplier of compliance, apprenticeship and work-based learning qualifications, training materials, e-learning and assessment.
  2. It is one of the UK’s largest exam boards, and is actively involved in the development of the UK workforce and productivity, as well as contributing to government plans for three million apprenticeships by 2020.
  3. The organisation, which has its headquarters in Doncaster, works with some of the biggest names in international business to help develop its staff, including PepsiCo, Nestle, Marks & Spencer and Superdrug, and each year supports over 2 million learners across the globe to achieve their educational aspirations.