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.

Semta review of standards

Semta is seeking the feedback of employers and learning providers after it launched a UK-wide review of a number of standards that may have an impact on HABC qualifications.

The review, which is scheduled to be completed by November 2015 and will include employer and stakeholder consultations, will focus on a number of key areas such as relevance to career pathways and job roles, changes to processes and procedures, whether the specified outcomes can be achieved in the workplace and if there are any missing NOS that should be developed and be included in the NVQs.

The national occupational standards (NOS) being reviewed that could impact on current HABC qualifications include Business Improvement Techniques Suite 2 and Performing Manufacturing Operations Suite 2 (see business and administration qualifications and performing manufacturing operations qualifications).

Other standards included in the review include:

  • Business Improvement Techniques Suite 3
  • Business Improvement Techniques Suite 4
  • Installation and Commissioning Suite 3
  • Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Suite 2
  • Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Suite 3

NOS form the basis of all vocational qualifications in the UK, including NVQ, SVQs and those used in apprenticeship frameworks, and set out the skills, knowledge and understanding that employers require learners to have in order to undertake a particular task or job role.

To take part in the review, please contact the Semta Standards team at standards@semta.org.uk, or for more information, go to http://www.semta.org.uk/policy/workwithus

 

Changes to Business Admin, Customer Service, Management and Team Leading frameworks

apprenticeship frameworksImportant changes to a number of apprenticeship frameworks have taken place with effect from 1 September 2014.

The subjects affected are the Skills CFA apprenticeship frameworks covering business and administration, customer service, and management and team leading.

The key change for each area is that the separate competence and knowledge qualifications will be replaced with a single combined qualification for each subject.

For Intermediate (Level 2 pathway) Apprenticeships, these are:

For the Advanced (Level 3 pathway) Apprenticeships, these are:

HABC also intends to continue to support the existing qualifications, and launch two new ones, which will be the HABC Level 1 Certificate in Business Administration (QCF) 601/4028/8 and the HABC Level 1 Certificate in Customer Services (QCF) 601/4001/X.

All HABC qualifications are regulated and approved for inclusion in the new apprenticeship frameworks from Skills CFA, and all specifications and assessment support material were released on 1 September 2014.

If your Centre is currently approved to offer the NVQs and/or the technical certificates, you will receive automatic approval to deliver the new qualifications.

If you are a HABC Approved Centre, please contact your account manager for more details. If you are not already a HABC Approved Centre but would be interested in offering these qualifications through HABC, please call us on 0845 226 0350 or email info@highfieldabc.com