Dementia Action Week

Dementia is one of the most challenging issues that the UK faces as the average age of the population increases. And it is an issue that government, health agencies and society are still struggling to come to terms with.

This week is Dementia Action Week, which aims to bring together people, employers and communities to help raise awareness and improve the lives of people with dementia.

If you or your colleagues are interested in learning more about the condition, then Highfield offers the Highfield Level 2 Award in Awareness of Dementia (RQF) to support those looking to further their knowledge in this increasingly important area.  

We also offer resources for those taking the qualification. 

And we offer e-learning support for those undertaking the full Care Certificate or its individual standards.

We’ve been approved for the SHE Technician Standard

Highfield Assessment approved to deliver EPA for SHE Technician Apprenticeship standardOur end-point assessment (EPA) portfolio is growing!

We’ve received official approval from the government to deliver EPA for the Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Technician Standard.

That’s our second EPA approval in protective services, and 35th overall. So you can be sure that you’re in safe hands when you work with Highfield.

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, just ask Highfield.

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.

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

Updates to the Level 1 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness (RQF)

Updates to the Level 1 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness (RQF)

In March 2019, we changed the way we assess the Level 1 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness (RQF) to multiple-choice examination. This means the examination papers now need to be sent back to Highfield Qualifications for marking by our administration department.

The change came after we consulted with centres to see how we could further strengthen our approach to assessment.

Centres are able to purchase the required learner registrations and examination papers both online and over the phone with our customer service team.  Old candidate assessment packs are no longer accepted for courses that ran after 18 March 2019.

There is no longer a requirement for centres to appoint an assessor for this qualification. Likewise, notifications of completion (NOCs) are no longer required when sending the examination papers back to us.

New on-programme qualifications to support apprenticeships

A number of new and updated on-programme qualifications to support learners who are undertaking the new apprenticeship standards are being made available by Highfield.

Designed to help apprentices prepare for their end-point assessments, the qualifications have been developed after thorough feedback and consultation with training providers.

The following seven qualifications will be launched on 1 May 2019:

  • Highfield Level 3 Certificate in Retail Team Leading (RQF)*
  • Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Retail Team Leading (RQF)
  • Highfield Level 4 Certificate in Retail Management (RQF)*
  • Highfield Level 4 Diploma in Retail Management (RQF)
  • Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Supply Chain Operations (RQF)
  • Highfield Level 2 Certificate for Drivers of Large Goods Vehicles (RQF)
  • Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration Skills

Four qualifications were also launched on 1 April 2019:

·         Level 2 Certificate for Supply Chain Warehouse Operatives (RQF)
·         Level 3 Diploma in Team Leading and Supervision (RQF)
·         Level 5 Diploma in Operations and Departmental Management (RQF)
·         Level 2 Diploma for Retailers (RQF)

*These two qualifications will cover the knowledge criteria of the apprenticeship standard only. The larger diplomas cover the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard.

Qualification withdrawal
The following qualifications will be withdrawn on 31 July 2019, after which point no new learners will be able to register for them. Centres will then have two years from this date to claim certification. 

Qualification Number Qualification title Operational End Date Certification End Date
603/2863/0 Level 3 Diploma for Retail Team Leaders 31 July 2019 31 July 2021
603/2861/7 Level 4 Diploma for Retail Managers 31 July 2019 31 July 2021
603/2010/2 Highfield Level 2 Certificate for Supply Chain Operators (RQF) 31 July 2019 31 July 2021
603/3433/2 Highfield Level 2 Certificate for Large Goods Vehicle Drivers (RQF) 31 July 2019 31 July 2021
603/3600/6 Highfield Level 3 Diploma for Business Administrators (RQF) 31 July 2019 31 July 2021

Likewise, the qualifications below will be withdrawn on 30 June 2019.

Qualification Number Qualification title Operational End Date Certification End Date
603/1343/2 Level 2 Diploma for Retailers 30 June 19 30 June 21
603/1599/4 Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management (RQF) 30 June 19 30 June 21
603/2009/6 Level 2 Certificate for Warehouse Operatives (RQF) 30 June 19 30 June 21

It should be noted, however, that the current Highfield Level 3 Diploma for Management (RQF) – which can be used to support the delivery of the Team Leader/Supervisor Standard – will not be withdrawn.

What does this mean for you?
For the qualifications being withdrawn on 31 July 2019, centres will have until this date to register any learners on to the current versions of the qualifications. For the qualifications being withdrawn on 30 June 2019, centres will likewise have until this date to register learners.

Any learners who originally began on the current qualifications may transfer their registration over to the new qualifications if they prefer. In this case, the portfolios of evidence they produce must meet all the assessment criteria from the new qualification they transfer to.

There will be no change to assessor or centre approval requirements and this approval will be transferred over automatically. There will also be no change to the registration fees.

Learners will then have two years from this date to claim certification.

Launch of the new Highfield Level 3 Award in HACCP for Caterers (RQF)

Highfield has launched a new level 3 award in HACCP for businesses working in the food service and catering sectors.

The Highfield Level 3 Award in HACCP for Caterers (RQF) is a one-day qualification designed to help food service and catering employees gain a better understanding of how HACCP can be applied simply to a catering environment.

It will also be useful to those learners who already hold a level 3 or level 4 food safety qualification as a means of demonstrating CPD, as well as enforcement officers who mainly inspect catering premises.

The total qualification time (TQT) for this qualification is 7 hours, of which all are recommended as guided learning hours (GLH). 

The Highfield Level 3 Award in HACCP for Caterers (RQF) will eventually replace the current two-day Highfield Level 3 Award in HACCP for Catering (RQF) qualification, which will be withdrawn on 31 October 2020.

Meanwhile, the Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP Management for Food Manufacturing (RQF) expired on 19 April 2019, and has been replaced by the Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP for Management (CODEX Principles) (RQF), which has been available since April 2018.

Any learners registered before 19 April 2019 will have until 19 April 2020 to be certificated.

For more information, contact us on 0845 2260350 / 01302 363277 or email us at sales@highfield.co.uk for more information.

New specialised qualifications for the care sector

Highfield Qualifications has launched three new specialised qualifications for the care sector covering the important areas of medication handling, autism spectrum conditions, and equality, diversity and rights in care.

The qualifications have been developed in close cooperation with a number of centres active in the care sector, as well as specialised subject matter experts, and have been designed to meet the growing need of care sector employers in these areas.

The qualifications, which cover the knowledge aspects of their subjects and are suitable for learners aged 16 and above, are:

  • Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Equality, Diversity and Rights in Care (RQF)
  • Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Medication Handling and Administration for Care Settings (RQF)
  • Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Autism Spectrum Conditions

Each of the qualifications is assessed through the completion of a portfolio of evidence that will need to be assessed and quality assured by the centre.

For more information, contact us on 0845 2260350 / 01302 363277 or email us at sales@highfield.co.uk for more information. 

New Highfield paediatric first-aid qualifications

Highfield Qualifications has launched two new paediatric qualifications to take account of changes and updates to best practice.

The new qualifications, which were launched 1 February 2019, are the Highfield Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF) 603/3846/5 and the Highfield Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) 603/3847/7.

Important changes to the Highfield Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) qualification include the removal of criteria specifically covering PPE, first-aid kits and the completion of accident or incident reports.

Changes to the Highfield Level 3 Paediatric First Aid (RQF) qualification include the removal of the same criteria, but with the addition of using a training device autoinjector.

Please note, the new qualifications have different registrations, qualification specifications and assessment paperwork. Centres must ensure they are purchasing or requesting the correct registrations and using the correct corresponding paperwork when delivering the new qualifications.

Any registrations held for the qualifications due to expire can be exchanged for new qualification registrations by your account manager. 

For more information, contact us on 0845 2260350 / 01302 363277 or email us at sales@highfield.co.uk for more information.

Keep track of your EPA with our new digital dashboard

We know end-point assessment shouldn’t be a chore, but the truth is that sometimes it can be a little heavy on the paperwork.

And it’s not always easy to keep track of things when you have a hundred other things (or learners) to take care of.

That’s why we’ve launched the Highfield EPA Dashboard.

Our dashboard is a brand-new digital portal that allows you to track and monitor all learners’ EPA progress in one place.

Designed with simplicity in mind, the dashboard tracks every point of a learner’s journey and allows you to gather data, generate reports and action tasks.

Through the dashboard, you’ll be able to:

  • see how many learners you have registered with Highfield
  • monitor what stage they are at (on-programme, in EPA, completed)
  • generate reports on the grades and progress of each learner
  • look at where your learners are by region or even country
  • export learners’ data to spreadsheets for your own records and reporting systems
  • filter learners by standard, grade or status
  • create detailed individual reports on each learner
  • see learners’ results the moment they are available

And because the last thing you need is information overload, we’ve broken down everything into visual graphs and charts so you can see where you and your learners are at a glance.

So to get started, get in touch and we’ll guide you through the quick set-up process.

For more information, contact us on 0845 2260350 / 01302 363277 or email us at info@highfieldassessment.com for more information.

Update to SIA ID requirements

Centres may have noticed that the Security Industry Authority (SIA) has updated its ID requirements for i) first-time licence applicants, and ii) those that are renewing their licence.

We can confirm that the current ID requirements for qualification certification remain unchanged, however, there are likely to be changes in the future to align with the SIA’s ID requirements.

We will ensure that we provide centres with sufficient notice of any changes before they occur.

In the meantime, you can speak to your account manager for further clarification or go to the SIA’s website to view the updated licensing requirements: https://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/licensing-document-groups.aspx

Updates to EPA-kits for Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker

We’ve made some updates to the EPA-kits for the Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker standards.

Included in this update are new mock tests that have been reviewed and updated with amended and new questions.

We’ve also taken into account feedback from centres regarding the ‘appropriate-inappropriate scale questions’, and have reduced the number of these questions within the mock test, replacing them with other situational judgement-style questions.

The Adult Care Worker EPA-kit can be found here: https://www.highfieldassessment.com/adult-care-worker-epa-kit-115

The Lead Adult Care Worker EPA-kit is available here: https://www.highfieldassessment.com/lead-adult-care-worker-epa-kit-116