New qualification to help businesses better understand allergen rules

understand allergen rulesA new qualification that will help foodservice staff better understand allergen rules and employers comply with legislation has been launched.

The Highfield Level 2 Award in Food Allergen and Control in Catering (RQF) is aimed at anyone involved in food preparation and service within the catering, hospitality and licensing sectors, and will give employees knowledge relating to the control of ingredients and allergies at all stages of food purchase and production.

The qualification, from Highfield Qualifications – the largest provider of regulated food-safety qualifications in the UK – will also provide employees with an understanding of the process for ensuring that accurate ingredient information is available for customers at point of sale and service, while giving businesses confidence that they and their staff comply with the law. 

Legislation introduced in 2014 means that businesses need to provide allergy information on any food sold unpackaged, whether via a pub, restaurant, café, deli counter, bakery or sandwich shop.

However, figures released by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) at the end of 2016 show that the number of businesses receiving warnings for failure to comply with food standards in the year after the introduction of the legislation had leapt to over 23,000 from just under 15,000 – an increase of 59 percent – with many believing confusion around the new rules to be responsible and suggesting compliance has been an issue for some.

Chris Sprenger, Managing Director at Highfield Qualifications, said, ‘The figures from the FSA show that many businesses are needlessly putting themselves at risk of prosecution and reputational damage, perhaps permanently. Even without the legislation, the issue of allergens would still be important as around 8% of children and 4% of adults have a food allergy of some description.

The Highfield Level 2 Award in Food Allergen and Control in Catering, means that businesses –large or small – will be able to help their customers make informed choices and protect their welfare, while also helping them stay compliant with the law and safeguarding their reputation’.

The qualification can be completed in five hours, and costs just £8 per learner registration.

For more information on the qualification go to https://www.highfieldabc.com/qualifications/compliance/fam/L2FAC

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Highfield appointed as NCHSR lead qualification developer

NCHSRDoncaster-based Highfield Qualifications has been appointed to develop a range of new learning programmes to be delivered at the soon-to-open National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR).

The organisation, which is one of the top five exam boards in the UK, is leading the project to turn an apprenticeship curriculum developed by rail businesses into government-recognised and funded learning pathways, as well as developing a range of units that will form the basis of a Higher Education (HE) qualification.

Both the apprenticeship and HE routes, to be delivered at the NCHSR’s newly built, state-of-the-art campuses in Doncaster and Birmingham, will give students the skills to work on a range of high-speed rail projects, including HS2, at a time when the industry faces a shortfall in skilled recruits of nearly 70,000.

The apprenticeship programme is due to launch this autumn and the HE qualification in September 2018, with the college already being inundated with applications.

Jason Sprenger, Highfield chief executive, said:

‘The NCHSR has been established to help address the skills shortages in the rail industry, so it’s important that its learning programmes and qualifications are developed to a level that sets new standards for the sector both domestically and internationally. 

While we are delighted that Highfield was chosen after a rigorous tender process, we are also excited to be participating in such a landmark project for UK. We believe our appointment as the lead developer reflects our reputation in the training sector for high quality learning programmes, and the very highest standards when it comes to qualification development’.

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, said:

‘The UK needs at least 69,000 engineers and technicians every year to make up for the current shortfall in the sector.  At the National College for High Speed Rail we are preparing to play a proactive part in tackling this shortage by developing a world-class curriculum for our apprenticeship schemes and further education courses.

With the expertise of Doncaster-based Highfield Qualification, we will be able to ensure that our employer-led courses can raise the benchmark at both a national and international level.  After an extensive tender process, we’re very pleased that we have been able to award this contract to a local firm, as the college is committed to working with local businesses wherever possible, and bringing new opportunities to people based in Doncaster.’    

For more information on Highfield Qualifications, go to http://www.highfieldqualifications.com/

For more information on the NCHSR or to register your interest, go to http://nchsr.ac.uk/ 
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The Level 4 High Speed Rail and Infrastructure Higher Technician Apprenticeship launches September 2017.

 

PRESS RELEASE: New e-learning to help train next generation of stewards

next generation of stewards A new suite of e-learning has been launched to help organisations train the next generation of stewards to nationally recognised standards and keep them compliant with the law.

The two new e-learning courses, Spectator Safety and Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events, are aimed at organisations and learners in the sports and events sector and are linked to nationally recognised qualifications.

The Spectator Safety course covers the knowledge element for the Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety and the entire Level 2 Award in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events, while the Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events covers the knowledge required for learners to achieve the Level 2 Award in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events.

Both e-learning courses, developed by Highfield e-learning, come complete with media rich and interactive content including photography, videos featuring commentary from sector experts and event stewards sharing their thoughts on working in the sector, interactive exercises to test and reinforce knowledge, and end of unit assessments.

Chris Sprenger, Highfield Managing Director, said, ‘There is increased regulatory and media scrutiny on the stewarding at sports and events  at the same time as the sector is becoming more attractive to young people as a career option.  Likewise, the nature of the job means that both learners and those teaching them are not often based in the classroom, so need an option that allows them to study in any environment.

More people are embracing e-learning and blended learning, so these courses are a cost-effective and innovative way for sports and events organisations to engage with learners in a meaningful fashion that benefits both the learner and the business’.

The Spectator Safety e-learning costs £115 plus VAT per learner, while the Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events e-learning costs £95 plus VAT per learner.

For more information, go to www.highfieldelearning.com, call 0845 226 0350 or email support@highfieldelearning.com
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The Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events e-learning contains the following units: Prepare for spectator events; Control the entry, exit and movement of people at spectator events; Monitoring spectators and deal with crowd problems and Dealing with accidents and emergencies. The Spectator Safety e-learning contains the same units, with the addition of: Managing conflict and Supporting the work of the team and organisation.

2. Both e-learning courses can be assessed by:

  • Interactive activities: ensuring knowledge is continually reinforced throughout each module
  • Multiple-choice questioning: at the end of each module to ensure learner outcomes have been achieved
  • Full end-of-unit assessments: completed electronically and signed by an assessor appointed by the organisation providing training.

 3. Press images relating to this story can be downloaded here:

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4. A video demonstrating the Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events e-learning is available below:

5. The size of the sports and events sector in the UK:

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PRESS RELEASE: Professor Elliott to warn businesses at food fraud conference

Professor Chris ElliottUK food businesses must take up the fight against food fraud or face another scandal – that will be the stark warning from one of the UK’s top experts at a conference this autumn.

Professor Chris Elliott will tell delegates at the Fighting Food Fraud conference on 17 September 2015, Doncaster, that the fight has only just begun and can only be won with a coordinated effort.

The Professor, who was author of the government’s report into the 2013 food fraud scandal, The Elliott Review, and is Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, will address the challenges posed by the review and look at how businesses can best protect themselves whilst maintaining supply chain integrity and food authenticity.

Professor Elliott said, ‘Food fraud has fast become one of the key issues for the food industry. From suppliers such as farms and abattoirs, to manufacturers, packagers and supermarkets, even to caterers, restaurants and licensed premises – every business in the chain is affected by food fraud and the negative effect it has upon consumer confidence. It is up to businesses to understand the types of food fraud and its indicators, its penalties and consequences, and why protecting the wider food industry begins with businesses informing and protecting themselves’.

He will be joined by Andy Morling, the recently appointed head of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food Crime Unit, who will discuss the role of the unit and its impact so far plus John Figgins, BRC Technical Specialist, who will provide an insight into compliance with issue 7 of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.

The conference is being organised by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC), one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations for food safety qualifications. Richard Sprenger, HABC Chairman and author of Hygiene for Management and the Food Safety Handbook, said, ‘Food authenticity has come under close scrutiny recently from food retailers, manufacturers and consumers. Food law enforcement must be delivered effectively so that consumers can have confidence in the food they eat. With ongoing work to identify potential food fraud, this has fast become a key topic within the food safety industry’.

The conference takes place at Doncaster Racecourse on 17 September 2015. Tickets cost £170 plus VAT (£130 plus VAT for HABC Centres).

To book your place, phone 0845 2260350 or email info@highfield.co.uk

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1. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including food safety, customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.

World Cup winner caps successful result for Highfield

Doncaster-based education firm the Highfield Group welcomed England legend and World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst MBE back to Wembley as the company celebrated its own success off the field.

The former striker, hero of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad and still the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, dropped in to meet guests as Highfield hosted a reception at the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on 1 March 2015.

Highfield Wembley League Cup Final 2015 LR-01839The Group, which publishes training books, materials and e-learning programmes, and develops vocational qualifications and apprenticeships, recently moved into the top five in the table of the UK’s leading education organisations. It offers hundreds of publications and titles with over 2 million sales per annum, plus over 200 different qualifications covering a wide range of subjects and industries.

Jason Sprenger, Highfield’s Chief Executive, said, ‘It was a huge honour to welcome Sir Geoff Hurst to our reception at Wembley and to talk to him about his achievements, including that famous 4-2 win against West Germany. He is a great inspiration on and off the field, and to have him here with us capped an incredible couple of years for us as an organisation where we have been able to grow our business and create jobs for Doncaster’.

Based in Lakeside, Highfield has three sites across Doncaster, with a further office in Dubai, employing nearly 250 staff and over 400 consultants. It provides qualifications and resources to 15,000 customers in 110 countries and counts amongst its clients names such as the NHS, Nestle, PepsiCo, Shell, Serco, G4S, MITIE, John Lewis, Health Education England, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Heinz, Marriott, Ministry of Defence, ASDA, Harrods and Aunt Bessie’s.
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1. The Highfield Group (‘Highfield’) includes Highfield.co.uk Ltd, Highfield E-Learning Ltd and its awarding organisation arm, Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Ltd (‘HABC’).

PRESS RELEASE: Official Care Certificate workbook developed by Highfield

Care Certificate WorkbookAn official workbook to support the launch of the Care Certificate this March has been developed by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) after it was commissioned by the Partnership of Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health responsible for implementing the initiative.

HABC, which is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations, was awarded the project by the Partnership after a successful tender bid in November 2014. The workbook will support the introduction of the Care Certificate across the health and social care sectors, and will be available for free from Partnership websites.

The introduction of the Care Certificate is one of the biggest developments in health and social care training for many years. The workbook covers all 15 standards, and includes exercises to test knowledge and understanding, learner assessment logs to monitor progress and guidance for employers delivering the Care Certificate to their employees.

Apprenticeships at Tower Project - 10Oct13It was developed by a team of experts with knowledge and experience of the health and social care sectors, and reviewed by an independent panel of employers and educators, as well as senior staff from the Partnership.

Christian Sprenger, HABC Managing Director, said, ‘We’re honoured to have developed learning resources on behalf of the Partnership to ensure the successful introduction of the Care Certificate. Learners undertaking the Care Certificate will have access to free, high-quality materials in the form of a workbook to help them with their knowledge and understanding, and to ensure the key recommendations from The Cavendish Review are met’.

490732749_5Fazeela Hafejee, Project Manager at Skills for Care, said ‘The Care Certificate workbook is freely downloadable from Partnership websites including Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health. Employers will be able to download it – either as a whole or as separate standards – and use as needed so that their employees meet the requirements of the Care Certificate’.

A final draft of the workbook will be available to view at the Skills for Care Conference – sponsored by HABC – at Park Plaza, Victoria, London on 12 March 2015.

healthcare pic - 4Highfield e-learning has also developed its own interactive e-learning resource – independently of the Partnership – to support delivery of the knowledge elements of the Care Certificate, available from March 2015.

For more information on the Care Certificate, go to Health Education England, Skills for Care or Skills for Health.

For more information on HABC and its work on the Care Certificate workbook, click here.

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PRESS RELEASE: New security qualifications launched for Scotland

SecurityA new suite of security qualifications specific to Scotland has been launched by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) for learners hoping to become licensed security operatives.

The introduction of the new qualifications comes after one of the largest ever reviews into learning in the sector by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), followed by the introduction of similarly updated qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in January 2015.

The review affected security licence-linked units, meaning that qualifications containing these have now been withdrawn and replaced.

The new qualifications are:

HABC Award for Working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) within the Private Security Industry (Public Space Surveillance) (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6;
HABC Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6;
HABC Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6; and
HABC Award for Upskilling a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6.

As the new qualifications contain updated content, deliverers of them must ensure their training programmes are revised to meet the new learning outcomes and assessment criteria. Schemes of work and lesson plans must also be updated to reflect the changes.

Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive, said, ‘As a result of the SIA review, we have introduced a completely new suite of qualifications that will continue to provide employers with the skilled staff they require. HABC was actively involved in the development work alongside other SIA-approved Awarding Organisations, helping to create the new units that make up the qualifications and working with our Centres to ensure their views were reflected throughout’.

A number of new learning materials have also been launched to support the qualifications, including the Working as a Door Supervisor, Working as a Security Officer and Working as a CCTV Operator books and training presentations, written by security experts Andy Walker and Gordon Tyerman.

For more information on the changes or to offer the qualifications, click here, call 0845 226 0350 or email info@highfield.co.uk

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PRESS RELEASE: New learning materials for updated security qualifications

A new range of learning resources has been launched by Highfield.co.uk to help educators and learners with recently updated security qualifications.

The new qualifications were launched after a review into learning in the sector in 2014 by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) which affected licence-linked security units, and resulted in qualifications containing these being withdrawn and replaced with immediate effect on 1 January 2015.

The materials – which have been written by security experts Andy Walker and Gordon Tyerman (CCTV only) – support the updated Level 2 qualifications launched on 1 January 2015 by awarding organisations, including Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC), currently the largest provider of SIA licence-linked qualifications.

They include:

Working as a Door Supervisor Coursebook
Working as a Door Supervisor Presentation
Working as a Security Officer Coursebook
Working as a Security Officer Presentation
Working as a CCTV Operator Coursebook
Working as a CCTV Operator Presentation

Chris Sprenger, Highfield.co.uk Managing Director, said, ‘The new security qualifications have been updated to create a completely new suite of qualifications that meet the needs of learners and employers, and better reflect the requirements of those organisations operating in the sector.

The materials we have created are an absolutely vital resource in helping learners, educators and training providers move across to the new Level 2 security qualifications whilst ensuring they have all the necessary information and knowledge required for success.

In Andy Walker and Gordon Tyerman we have two of the most respected and authoritative experts in the field, and who have been able to explain concisely and coherently the changes and the wider content of the Level 2 qualifications’.

Each book comes in a 100-page plus, A4, firmback and gloss-finish format with full colour illustrations and photos. The presentations, which are available as a PC CD-ROM and can be viewed using Microsoft PowerPoint, complement the books and are ideal for group learning.

Prices start at £9.95 for each of the books and £175 for each of the presentations (exclusive of VAT and postage and packing) with discounts available for multiple orders.

To order, call Highfield.co.uk on 0845 2260350, email sales@highfield.co.uk or click here.

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PRESS RELEASE: Man Utd legend kicks off Highfield conference in winning style

Doncaster education firmA Doncaster education firm kicked off its biggest ever conference earlier this month – with an assist from football legend Denis Irwin.

The former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland star was guest of honour and star speaker at a pre-conference charity dinner hosted by the Highfield Group to launch its conference, held at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, on 13 November 2014.

The conference, which was headline sponsored by Marks & Spencer and ProTrainings, brought together nearly 600 delegates from across the training and education sector in the UK to discuss the latest changes to vocational learning and apprenticeships.

Speakers and sponsors included names such as ASDA, City of London Corporation, Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT), Food Standards Agency (FSA), Laing O’Rourke, MITIE, New Scotland Yard, Security Industry Authority (SIA), Serco, Staples, Superdrug and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

The dinner, held the evening before, helped to raise funds for Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA), which supports blind and partially sighted people under the age of 29. Guest of honour Denis Irwin, who was a key part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering Manchester United team in the 1990s and early 2000s – making over 500 appearances between 1990 to 2002 – spoke about his career and took questions from the audience.

Jason Sprenger, Highfield Chief Executive, said, ‘It was a great honour to have one of modern football’s true legends and gentlemen as our special guest and to kick our conference off in wining style. We raised over £4500 on the night for VICTA, which is a fantastic achievement, and welcomed nearly 600 delegates to our conference the next day to discuss the numerous changes and issues affecting the training and skills sector. It’s testament to how far we have grown that we were able to attract some of the biggest and most recognisable names in industry to either speak at or sponsor our conference, and we have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback received’.

The Highfield Group, which publishes training books, materials and e-learning solutions, and develops vocational qualifications and apprenticeships, has expanded rapidly to become one of the country’s leading educational companies, employing nearly 250 staff at three sites across Doncaster with a further office in Dubai.

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Notes to editors:
1. The Highfield Group offers hundreds of publications and titles, with over 2 million sales per annum. It has developed over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality through its awarding organisation arm, Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Ltd.
2. The money raised for VICTA will go towards helping the charity in its work to provide equipment, services and events that support blind and visually impaired children and young people develop socially, emotionally and educationally, as well as offering their parents a vital network of assistance andinformation.
3. Denis Irwin’s honours during his playing career include 7 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups, 1 League Cup, 4 Charity Shields, 1 UEFA Champions League title, 1 Cup Winner’s Cup, 1 European Super Cup and 1 Intercontinental Cup, as well as 56 appearances for the Republic of Ireland, including 2 starts at the World Cup USA 1994.

PRESS RELEASE: New qualification to prepare foodservice staff for allergen legislation

Allergen LegislationA new qualification has been launched that could help foodservice staff prepare for legislation on food allergens due to be introduced later this year.

The Highfield Level 3 Award in Food Allergen Management in Catering is aimed at anyone involved in the purchase, delivery, production and serving of food within the catering, hospitality or licensing sectors.

Forthcoming legislation from the EU, due to come into force on 13 December 2014, will mean that businesses will need to provide allergy information on any food sold unpackaged, whether via a pub, restaurant, café, deli counter, bakery or sandwich shop.

The qualification from Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) – which is the largest provider of food-safety related qualifications in the UK – will give food staff knowledge relating to the control of food ingredients and allergies at all stages of food purchase and production. They will also gain an understanding of the process for ensuring that accurate ingredient information is available for customers at point of sale and service.

The qualification is supported by two slide presentations, one of which covers the suitable control of allergens in line with the new EU legislation so that learners can remain compliant, and the other which allows supervisors and managers to deliver further training to their staff after completing the qualification themselves.

Christian Sprenger, Managing Director of HABC, said, ‘Around 8% of children and 4% of adults have a food allergy of some description, and that figure is rising, so even without the new legislation it would be important that caterers make sure their staff are aware of the issue. Through this qualification, businesses – whether large or small – will be able to help their customers make informed choices and protect their welfare, whilst also preserving the reputation of the organisation’.

The qualification takes just over 10 hours to complete, meaning it can be taken in just one or two days. It is one of the many food safety training qualifications available from Highfield.

For more information on the qualification content and prices, click here, call 0845 226 0350 or email info@highfieldabc.com.

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