Revamped HACCP Level 4 presentation – available for pre-order

HACCP-L4-CDOur Level 4 Award in HACCP Training Presentation has undergone a complete revamp, with a new style, more photos and illustrations, and an ongoing case study throughout the course which effectively explains the stages of HACCP in a practical way.

Aimed at educators delivering regulated or in-house courses, the presentation – available as a CD-ROM – also includes a lecture plan, handouts, group exercises, icebreakers and lecture notes.

For more information click here.

New and improved Level 2 food safety presentation – available for pre-order

Level 2 Food Safety PresentationOur Complete Level 2 Food Safety Presentation Pack has long been one of the most popular products in its field.  And now we’ve made it even better with a number of updates designed to maximise its effectiveness to learners.

Along with a refreshed and more up-to-date style, the presentation includes new photography and graphics to better illustrate fundamental concepts vital for successful learning in food safety.

We’ve also provided updated guidance on legislation and best practice, as well as information on allergens – one of the fast-growing areas of concern for food safety professionals.

The overall pack includes lecture notes, handouts, exercises, energizers and Highfield exam papers on top of the presentation, and is a must-have for any provider delivering food safety level 2 courses.

For more information click here.

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Retail Apprenti-kit

retail-apprenti-kitFollowing on from several months of review and development, we’ve made a number of updates to our Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Retail Apprenti-kit.

The updated kits now include units on understanding customer service in the retail selling process, how individuals and teams to contribute to the effectiveness of a retail business, and how a retail business maintains health and safety on its premises.

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Updated employability kits now available

lv1-ekit-onlv2-ekit-onWe’ve updated our Employability-kits with a number of improved and wide-ranging employment-based scenarios and activities that will support and enhance your learners’ understanding and achievement.

The changes – which relate to the mandatory units for each kit including Self-assessment for Level 1 kit and Self-management Skills for our Level 2 kit – will give learners the knowledge that employers are increasingly looking for in new recruits.

Based on the delivery model being undertaken, it will also be possible to add additional units to either the level 1 or level 2 Employability-kits, further aiding learner engagement.

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Keynote speech for Highfield Chairman at international conference

food safety conference in BahrainHighfield Group Chairman Richard Sprenger will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Food Safety Conference in Bahrain.

The event, held from 15 to 17 April 2014 and now in its second year, saw delegates from the food and hospitality sectors around the globe descend on the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre for a series of presentations, forums, demonstrations and discussions in food safety.

Delegates also got the chance to attend a number of HABC workshops on its qualifications including the Level 3 Award in Effective Auditing and Inspection Skills, the Level 2 Award in HACCP for Catering, the Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Catering and the Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work.

It was the second major speech for the Highfield Chairman this year, who in January 2014 had spoken at a seminar in Doha, Qatar about the importance of a ‘person in charge (PIC)’ in implementing good food safety measures – something that has already happened in Dubai with help of HABC.

‘PICs must ensure that food handlers are trained about hygiene before they start work,’ said Richard.  ‘They must also ensure that their food suppliers are registered and approved by appropriate authorities in order to trace the origin of any food contamination’.

For more information on HABC’s work in the Middle East, go to

Concerns over SCPLH refreshers

HABC is urging SCPLH holders to undertake their refresher training as soon as possible after fresh concerns were raised about the number completing.

It is a requirement in Scotland that anyone who received a personal licence on or before 1 September 2009 must have completed refresher training by 1 September 2014.  However, there are concerns that only a small percentage of those affected have completed this, with some reports suggesting as few as 1200 of the 25,000 licence holders in Scotland having undertaken the training as of March 2014.

The failure to complete refresher training by the deadline could be potentially catastrophic for individuals and businesses, with the Scottish Government insisting that those who do not complete in time will have their licences revoked.

HABC is supporting a campaign by the Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism Consultancy (HLTTC) to raise awareness of the issue and a number of initiatives to encourage licensees to complete their training in time.

Highfield has also recently published the Licensing Course Book, which is suitable for both licence holders and educators undergoing refresher training, and can be used as a reference manual once training has been completed.

For more information, click here.

Future qualifications

HABC LogoHABC has a number of qualifications currently in development and due for launch at various points throughout 2014.

Planned for launch by June 2014 are qualifications in the following areas:

Contact Centre

Custodial Care


Food Safety

Fork Lift Truck

Health and Social Care




Taxi Driving

And currently being developed for launch by December 2014 are:

Food Safety

Health and Safety


Public Services


For more information on all of the above, click here.

Level 5 Food Safety development

HABC LogoHABC is developing a level 5 qualification in food safety.  And we’re looking for your input before we roll out trials in September. 

Aimed at learners interested in taking their knowledge of food safety issues to the next level, the qualification – which will be assessed by a written assignment or set of tasks – will be trialled in September 2014.

Areas likely to be covered will include:

·         Relating basic properties of microorganisms to food safety management;

·         Developing and maintaining a food safety culture;

·         Management of allergens;

·         Managing chemical and physical contamination hazards;

·         The role of audits and inspections in food premises; and

·         HACCP.

HABC is seeking feedback from industry and education professionals on whether they think that a level 5 food safety qualification is something they would sit themselves or would deliver to others.

The qualification will be suitable for:

·         Level 4 food safety qualifications;

·         Managers of food premises; 

·         Technical or quality managers with food manufacturing businesses;

·         Hygiene or regional food safety managers for restaurant groups;

·         Internal inspectors or auditors;

·         Learners wanting to progress into a Higher Education course, ie, Environmental Health; and

·         Trainee Environmental Health Officers working towards a degree.

To have your say, go to our Food Safety page on LinkedIn at and let us know your views.

Improved assessment for cleaning qualifications

Following feedback from HABC Approved Centres, we’ve improved the assessment method for the mandatory units of the Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles.  Learners now have the choice of either completing these three units via multiple-choice-question papers or by producing a portfolio of evidence.  Learners must also complete one optional unit, with assessment of this through a portfolio of evidence.

New qualifications for forklifts

HABC has expanded its range of logistics qualifications with the addition of two new qualifications specifically created to meet the diverse needs of those who use forklift trucks.  The qualifications will provide learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding to safely and effectively use their chosen forklift truck type, and will be relevant to the agriculture, horticulture, horticulture and warehousing sectors.

The two new qualifications are the HABC Level 2 Award in Land-Based Forklift Truck Operations (Counterbalance Type) QCF, and the HABC Level 2 Award in Land-Based Forklift Truck Operations (Reach Truck, Side Loader and Order Picker Types) QCF.

If you are a HABC Centre and would like to discuss these or any other qualifications further, please contact your account manager directly.  If you are not already a HABC Centre, call us on 0845 226 0350 or email