UK food industry risks another horse meat scandal

Professor Chris Elliott, author of the Elliott Review into the 2013 horse meat scandal.

The UK is still at risk of another ‘horse gate’ scandal which may have been responsible for up to 50,000 horses disappearing from across Europe – that will be the warning from one of the country’s top experts at a major food industry conference later this year.

Professor Chris Elliott will tell delegates at the Food Fraud, Culture and Modern Catering Processes conference on 26 September 2017, at Doncaster Racecourse, that work still needs to be done to ensure food fraud is successfully tackled.

The conference is being organised by Highfield Qualifications, the UK’s leading awarding organisation for food safety qualifications. It was at Highfield’s previous conference in 2015 that Professor Elliott made the shocking revelation that up to 50,000 horses had ‘disappeared’ from Europe during the financial meltdown, which started in 2008.

The professor, who was appointed by the government to investigate the horsemeat scandal and food fraud in the UK, will explain that while progress has been made, food security has to remain a priority for authorities and the police or it will happen again.

Professor Elliott said, ‘A great deal of headway has been made since the publication of the Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks. Plus, we’ve seen the establishment of the Food Standard Agency’s Food Crime Unit, which is beginning to have an impact.

However, food fraud must remain a priority – amongst many competing priorities for enforcement authorities – if we are to maintain that progress and ensure we see no recurrence of previous scandals’.

As well as food fraud, the conference – which is being hosted in partnership with The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) – will focus on key topics across the food sector, providing delegates with knowledge and skills to improve existing food strategies and procedures within their business. Topics covered during the event will include allergens, food safety culture and the safety of low temperature catering processes.

As well as being chaired by Highfield Chairman Richard Sprenger, author of Hygiene for Management and The Food Safety Handbook, the event will feature presentations from:

Tickets for the conference cost £210 plus VAT, with discounts available for Highfield members.

For more information or to book your place, go to https://centres.highfieldabc.com/Events/Default.aspx

Alternatively, call 0845 226 0350 or email events@highfield.co.uk

For regular updates, go to https://twitter.com/askhighfield and www.facebook.com/askhighfield 
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Looking for your next work challenge?  

Apprenticeships are changing, which means a whole new world of opportunities for employers, learners, training providers….and possibly you.

Highfield Assessment, part of the Highfield Group, is one of the UK’s leading apprentice assessment organisations (AAO), and we’re looking to create a team of high-quality team independent assessors to deliver end-point assessment to our growing portfolio of clients.

In most cases you don’t need to have worked as an assessor before of hold a qualification*. We’re far more interested in your current work experience and relevant knowledge. Plus, we’ll provide you with the training and a government-recognised qualification.

What we’re really looking for is individuals who are leaders in their field but want to make more of their experience. Knowledgeable managers, supervisors and team leaders who want to give something back to their industry. Capable and authoritative professionals who know their sector like nobody else.

In other words, experts.  

As a consultant independent assessor or consultant lead independent quality assurer (IQA) with Highfield Assessment, you’ll be going into some of the biggest and most well known organisations in the country to evaluate and assess their apprentices.

Sectors we need your expertise in include:

  • Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Customer service
  • Logistics and supply chain*
  • Hospitality
  • LGV driving
  • Banking and finance

We’re a flexible employer so you can work as a full-time or part-time employee, or even on a self-employed basis. And you can be office based or home based (though you’re quite welcome to pop into head office for a cup of tea now and then).

So if this sounds like your next challenge, go to our careers section to read the job descriptions for each specific assessor role https://www.highfieldabc.com/about-join-the-team

And if we’re not working in your sector yet, don’t worry, we soon will be. You can still send us your CV for future reference. Just email recruitment@highfield.co.uk

*Some previous assessor experience/or a qualification required

Highfield receives Dubai accreditation for lifeguarding

One of the Middle East’s leading awarding organisations has been accredited in Dubai to certify persons in lifeguarding, under new regulations designed to improve beach and pool safety.

Highfield MEA, part of the UK-based Highfield Qualifications, has been accredited under ISO standards and Dubai Municipality regulations by DAC, meaning that it can now offer approved training centres high-standard examinations and certification for persons working in the lifeguarding sector.

The organisation, which is registered with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), has been offering the certification of persons in Dubai and internationally for seven years and operates in around 40 countries.

It is hoped the new standards will help the Dubai Municipality to certify all lifeguards operating in the emirate before July 2017 as part of efforts to raise standards.  

Richard Sprenger, Highfield Chairman, said, ‘We’d like to congratulate everyone involved in this project for all their hard work. We believe that Highfield’s experience in providing internationally recognised qualifications will help to contribute to improving standards.

Because Highfield is part of a wider group of companies, we can provide approved training centres with a complete support package that includes resources and materials that will help candidates to meet the new requirements for July 2017.

For those centres whose lifeguards may also work outside Dubai, we can also issue international qualifications, meaning that businesses can continue to use existing training companies and qualifications with the confidence that independent assessment will provide compliance within Dubai’.

Rebecca Sprenger, International Director, added, ‘Customers can be confident that centres registered with Highfield will have the highest standards of quality assurance and client care, and that because we do not provide the training ourselves, the assessment process is entirely independent’.  

For more information, please contact 0971 4 449 4042 or email customerservices@highfieldabc.ae

You can also find out more information at http://www.highfieldabc.ae/

 

New EPA qualification from Highfield

epa qualificationA new qualification has been launched that will support those who plan to assess apprentices undertaking end-point assessments (EPA).

The Highfield Level 3 Award in Undertaking End-Point Assessment (RQF) will provide specific knowledge and skills to those who already have sector competence within the areas of approved apprenticeship standards, but would like to gain a more specialised understanding of EPA processes and practices.

Covering assessment methods that are used in the majority of assessment plans for approved apprenticeships, it will support assessors in understanding the different types of EPA and the role of the EPA assessor.

The qualification has been designed to meet the needs of employers, training providers and assessors while embracing the wider changes happening to apprenticeships, and will ensure assessors have a qualification that is fit for purpose and covers the intricacies of the new EPA process. 

It can be delivered by training centres that are recognised as Highfield approved centres, and sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which is regulated by Ofqual.

Fees per registration per candidate are:

  • 0-99 £25
  • 100+ £20

For more information, go to the qualification page or the FAQs.

If you’re already a Highfield approved centre and interested in delivering this qualification, contact your account manager directly.

If not, give us a call on 0845 2260350/01302 363277 or drop us a line on sales@highfield.co.uk

Highfield Assessment receives ‘5 stars’ from FE Week

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We had some great news this morning thanks to FE Week, who rated Highfield Assessment ‘5 stars’ in their investigation into apprenticeship assessment organisations (AAOs).

The weekly magazine, which is read throughout the further education sector, conducted mystery shopper tests on a number of AAOs and their end-point assessment (EPA) offers, with Highfield receiving full marks!

You can read the article for yourselves (pages 10-11) at http://feweek.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/FE209-Digi.pdf?mc_cid=3974ee5b08&mc_eid=8f4553ca0a

To read another article on Highfield Assessment, please visit here.

Crowd Management Academy offers drone surveillance training

drone surveillance trainingAn innovative new drone surveillance training course for organisations intending to use drones for public space surveillance has been launched by Belfast-based Crowd Management Academy.

Linking up with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved commercial drone operator Crowded Space Drones, the tailored drone surveillance training course allows candidates to complete the HABC Level 2 Award for Working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) within the Private Security Industry (QCF), which in turn allows them to obtain an SIA Public Space Surveillance (PSS) licence.

An SIA licence must be obtained for any organisation operating cameras in public spaces for the purposes of protection of people and property, public safety, security, crime prevention or crime detection.

Under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 any person who undertakes surveillance of public space for the purposes of security, crime detection of crime prevention under contract must hold an SIA PSS licence. Those who are using existing fixed cameras to protect their own property or employer’s property are exempt.

Andrew McQuillan, a CAA approved Drone Pilot, said, ‘Unmanned Aircraft, aka drones, are becoming more widespread in their use across the United Kingdom and indeed globally. There are so many different tasks that drones are able to do safer, cheaper and more reliably. When a drone pilot is flying they for the purposes of security, public safety or crime prevention and detection for a client, they should recognise that the cameras attached to their drone turn it into a form of CCTV camera. This is a really positive thing as it means pilots can replace existing CCTV cameras which are geographically and height restricted by where they are mounted’.

He added, ‘This joint drone surveillance training course has been designed to ensure drone pilots comply with the Private Security Industry Act and other important legislation covering these types of flights such as the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and Air Navigation Order. It should also make them much more competitive in this business as they can specifically target organisations who require such services such as private investigators and public authorities’.

The first course took place in early May at DronePort, Northern Ireland, the UK and Ireland’s dedicated drone airport and the former site of RAF Ballykelly.

For more information, go to http://www.crowdmanagementacademy.com/ukshop/health-and-safety.html 

 

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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Notes to editors:
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The Level 4 High Speed Rail and Infrastructure Higher Technician Apprenticeship launches September 2017.

 

Two additional ‘Introducing Highfield’ sessions for Taunton/Belfast

introducing HighfieldWe’ve added two additional briefings to our series of ‘Introducing Highfield‘ events this spring. 

Due to popular demand, we’ll now be holding a briefing on the afternoon of 13 April 2017 in Taunton, and on the afternoon of 25 April 2017 in Belfast. Morning sessions are now fully booked. 

From this April, the CIEH will no longer be offering regulated qualifications and will be withdrawing its status as an awarding organisation. As a result, Highfield has been holding briefings for those centres that want to continue delivering regulated qualifications and are exploring ways of doing this. 

Each briefing lasts two hours and will provide further information on the benefits of being an approved Highfield centre, our policies and values, as well as guidance on our registration process. 

What you can expect on the day: 

  • details on how to switch from CIEH to Highfield, plus our support during that process and afterwards
  • overview of the qualifications we offer, and are planning to offer 
  • information on our FREE centre registration for CIEH customers 
  • guidance on moving qualifications over to the Register of Qualifications Framework (RQF)
  • examples of associated training materials from Highfield International 
  • the opportunity to network with training providers 

And of course, you’ll get the chance to meet the Highfield team and some of our subject matter experts face-to-face, ask questions and give us your views on what you want to see from a responsive awarding organisation in terms of service, qualifications and products. 

To book yourself and/or your colleagues on to this event, please visit here.

Alternatively, you can secure your place by calling us on 0845 226 0350/01302 363277 or by emailing events@highfieldabc.com . Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the latest news, updates and events follow Highfield on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

We hope that you can join us for what is sure to be an extremely informative event.

Apprenticeship EPA approval for hospitality and adult care

EPA approval – Highfield has been approved to deliver end-point assessment (EPA) for five more apprenticeship standards. 

The five standards are: 

  • Adult Care Worker 
  • Lead Adult Care Worker 
  • Commis Chef 
  • Hospitality Team Member 
  • Hospitality Supervisor 

The training sector is currently undergoing some of its biggest changes in over 30 years, and will see new apprenticeship standards – developed by groups of employers known as ‘trailblazers’ – being assessed by EPA instead of continuous assessment.

This means individual apprentices will have their work and competence assessed towards the end of their learning against criteria established by employers.  

There will also be the introduction of the apprenticeship levy from 1 May 2017, with larger employers paying into a central fund that must be used for apprenticeship training, while smaller employers will see 90 percent of their costs covered by the government.

To find out how we stack up against our competitors for end-point assessment, simply visit here.

More ‘Introducing Highfield’ events for CIEH centres

Highfield Qualifications is holding a final series of ‘Introducing…’ events for CIEH centres looking to make the switch.

From this April, the CIEH will no longer be offering regulated qualifications and will be withdrawing its status as an awarding organisation. As a result, Highfield has been holding briefings for those centres that want to continue delivering regulated qualifications and are exploring ways of doing this. 

Each breakfast briefing lasts two hours and will provide further information on the benefits of being an approved Highfield centre, our policies and values, as well as guidance on our registration process. 

Dates and locations are: 

  • Thursday 6 April 2017 – Cheadle 
  • Wednesday 12 April 2017 – Maidstone 
  • Thursday 13 April 2017 – Taunton 
  • Thursday 25 April 2017 – Belfast 

What you can expect on the day: 

  • details on how to switch from CIEH to Highfield, plus our support during that process and afterwards
  • overview of the qualifications we offer, and are planning to offer 
  • information on our FREE centre registration for CIEH customers 
  • guidance on moving qualifications over to the Register of Qualifications Framework (RQF)
  • examples of associated training materials from Highfield International 
  • the opportunity to network with training providers 

And of course, you’ll get the chance to meet the Highfield team and some of our subject matter experts face-to-face, ask questions and give us your views on what you want to see from a responsive awarding organisation in terms of service, qualifications and products. 

To book yourself and/or your colleagues on to this event, please visit here.

Alternatively, you can secure your place by calling us on 0845 226 0350/01302 363277 or by emailing events@highfieldabc.com . Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the latest news, updates and events follow Highfield on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn and Instagram

We hope that you can join us for what is sure to be an extremely informative event.