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.

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.

Introducing the Apprenti-kit PLUS

The new Highfield Apprenti-kits are designed specifically to support the on-programme delivery of the new apprenticeship standards.

They are:

• mapped to the standards that they support
• available as an e-kit that is compatible with most e-portfolio systems
• broken down into manageable-sized modules that can be completed at the apprentice’s own pace
• used to evidence the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the apprentice
• packed full of over 1,000 hours of our experience, expertise and knowledge
• ideal for tracking learners’ progress towards gateway and evidencing their readiness for end-point assessment

The new Apprenti-Kit Plus enhances the value and learning experience of an apprentice by including:

• a health and wellbeing book
• an end-point assessment support document
• a choice of 5 e-learning short courses
This enhanced bundle that truly benefits your apprentice is available for just £15.

Find out more here.

Updates to level 5 health and social care qualifications

Changes to frameworks that will affect Highfield qualifications in the health and social care sector have been announced by Skills for Care (SfC), the industry’s sector skills council.

It has been confirmed that the assessment plan for the new Level 5 Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard is still awaiting sign-off from the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA), and is expected to published later in the year.

As a result, current SASE framework apprenticeships, including the Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care, and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (RQF) qualification (including the adult pathways), will remain open for registrations until 31 December 2019, when the SASE framework is closed.

SfC has also confirmed that once available, the new level 5 standard will include a named mandatory qualification.

In anticipation of this, Highfield has developed a new Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care qualification, which will be available for registration from 1 September 2018.

This new qualification has been approved against the SfC specification and developed to reflect updated practices and challenges of leadership and management in the sector.

Once the SASE frameworks have been closed for registrations, the current Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services for Adult Care Leaders and Managers (adult pathways) will also close for registrations and will be replaced by the new Level 5 qualification.

There will be a period of dual running between the current SASE apprenticeships and the new standard apprenticeships therefore, centres must be clear which qualification option they will take (once the standard is live). 

For further info please visit the Skills for Care website

The New World of Apprenticeship Standards and the Puzzle of On-Programme Delivery

Apprenticeships have evolved. A shift away from the safe and well-known framework to the more flexible and holistic approach of standards offers employers, training providers and colleges a host of opportunities. However, the relative lack of structure also causes confusion, uncertainty and makes delivery a puzzle that must be solved.

Since the launch of the standards we have been asked so many questions that start with the word ‘how’. How do I start? How do I track progress? How do I prove my apprentices are ready for gateway? How do I know that my apprentices are progressing? How do I evidence my apprentices have the requisite knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the standard? How do I ensure my apprentices cover the 20% off-the-job training?

If you’re asking these same questions, please know that you are not alone.

The change to the standards is a whole new world when it comes to apprenticeships. It is a giant leap in the delivery model from frameworks to standards and the lack of detail can make planning the mandatory on-programme learning difficult. The lack of a clearly defined structure can leave training providers unsure how to structure their delivery. It can leave the apprentice feeling isolated and confused and means that the risk of the apprentice dropping off the programme is heightened.

Clearly there is a need for greater structure. There are ambitious targets of 3 million apprentices completing the standards by 2020. This number becomes increasingly unlikely as we all read stories of the dwindling numbers of new starters, and that many providers across all sectors are claiming it is taking longer for apprentices to reach gateway, and that the natural consequence of this is, of course, that apprentices’ motivation reduces while their frustrations go the opposite way. The risk of non-completion also rises.

When it comes to supporting our customers through on-programme delivery, the main way we can help is through our Apprenti-kits. The premise of our Apprenti-kit is that it provides a clear pathway from day one of the apprenticeship through to gateway, and that they are:  

  • mapped to the standards that they support
  • created by genuine industry experts with recent relevant experience
  • are available as an e-kit that is compatible with most e-portfolio systems
  • are broken down into manageable sized modules that can be completed at the apprentice’s own pace
  • evidence the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the apprentice
  • contain over 1,000 hours of our experience, expertise and knowledge
  • track learners’ progress towards gateway and evidence their readiness for end-point assessment

We are committed to continuing to listen and respond to our customers’ needs, particularly around on-programme apprenticeship delivery and preparation for end-point assessment. Our ultimate aim is to contribute to the number of apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship, and to continue to provide leading work-based learning qualifications and training materials.

Speaking about Highfield Apprenti-kits, Jon Ansty, Head of Assessment, at Eastleigh College, said:

I have been working with Highfield for nearly three and a half years now. During this time our working relationship has flourished. When we started looking at the transition to standards, we met a few times to discuss the offer from Highfield around the Apprenti-kit for frameworks as well as standards.

The kits we use are for a range of areas, we use kits for the new standards in Hospitality Team Member and Hospitality Supervisor, Customer Service Practitioner as well as Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker.

The quality of the kits has been recognised by our employers including HC3S where we have branded the Apprenti-kits with their logo. The kits are of a professional level and I am impressed by the support provided by both Highfield in facilitating further tweaks to personalise the kits for Eastleigh College as well as the employers.’

Find out how we can work with your organisation to deliver effective on-programme training by calling us on 0845 226 0350 or 01302 363 277 or emailing info@highfieldassessment.com.

Highfield approved for onboard and station team member end-point assessment

It’s been a busy month for approvals. But coming hot on the heels of aviation and business administration, we’re delighted to announce we’ve been approved to deliver end-point assessment for another passenger transport standard.

Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the government to provide end-point assessment for Passenger Transport – Onboard and Station Team Member with immediate effect. This brings to eight the total number of standards we’re approved for in the transport and logistics sector.

If you are an employer or provider in this sector and are interested in hearing more about the services we can provide around assessment for this standard, just drop us a line at info@highfieldassessment.com Or you call us on 0845 2260350/01302 363 277, where one of our friendly team members will be happy to talk you through the options right for you and your learners.

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.

Highfield approved for aviation end-point assessment

aviation end-point assessmentWe’re excited to confirm that Highfield has been approved to deliver end-point assessment (EPA) for aviation.

The standards we’ve been approved for are Aviation Ground Operative, Aviation Ground Specialist and Aviation Operations Manager, which means Highfield will be offering aviation employers a full range of assessment services to help them achieve the most of their apprenticeship levy payments.

The introduction of the apprenticeship levy from 2017 means larger employers are obliged to pay into a central fund that must be used for apprenticeship training, while smaller employers can claim 90 percent of their costs from the government.

The changes also mean new apprenticeship standards like those in the aviation sector now use EPA instead of continuous assessment, requiring individual apprentices to have their work and competence assessed towards the end of their learning against criteria established by groups of employers known as ‘trailblazers’.

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.

You can also contact Highfield at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling 0845 2260350/01302 363277.

Highfield approved for business administrator end-point assessment

We’re delighted to announce that Highfield has been approved to deliver end-point assessment (EPA) for business administration.

Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the government to provide end-point assessment (EPA) for the new business administrator standard, and will be offering employers a full range of assessment services to help them achieve the most of their apprenticeship levy payments.

The introduction of the apprenticeship levy from 2017 means larger employers are obliged to pay into a central fund that must be used for apprenticeship training, while smaller employers can claim 90 percent of their costs from the government.

The changes also mean new apprenticeship standards like those for business administrator now use EPA instead of continuous assessment, requiring individual apprentices to have their work and competence assessed towards the end of their learning against criteria established by groups of employers known as ‘trailblazers’.

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.

You can also contact Highfield at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling 0845 2260350/01302 363277.

New retail qualifications for team leaders and managers

New Retail QualificationsNew qualifications that will train the next generation of retail team leaders and managers have been launched by Highfield Qualifications.

The qualifications – the Highfield Level 3 Diploma for Retail Team Leaders (RQF) and the Highfield Level 4 Diploma for Retail Managers (RQF) – have been developed to support learners completing the relevant retail apprenticeship standards and can be used to assess learners for end-point assessment readiness.

Both qualifications cover the knowledge and skills of the relevant standard. The level 3 diploma provides learners with knowledge and understanding of key areas such as understanding customer profiles and business requirements, brand standards, business objectives, market position and maximising performance.

Likewise, the level 4 diploma helps learners to understand more on the key drivers of the customer journey, the recruitment and retainment of staff, product ranges, brand development and promotions and trends.

For more information, go to https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/apprenticeships/retail

Speak to us today about how we can help you, either by contacting your dedicated account manager, emailing us at sales@highfield.co.uk or calling us on 0845 2260350/01302 363277

Find out more about our Apprenti-kits with our latest video update

When it comes to apprenticeships, Highfield Qualifications has done the hard work so you don’t have to. Find out how we are supporting apprentice learners – and employers on the apprenticeship levy – with our Apprenti-kits video.

To find out how Highfield Assessment compares to its competitors for end-point assessment, please visit here.