Introducing the Apprenti-kit PLUS

The new Highfield Apprenti-kits are designed specifically to support the on-programme delivery of the new apprenticeship standards.

They are:

• mapped to the standards that they support
• available as an e-kit that is compatible with most e-portfolio systems
• broken down into manageable-sized modules that can be completed at the apprentice’s own pace
• used to evidence the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the apprentice
• packed full of over 1,000 hours of our experience, expertise and knowledge
• ideal for tracking learners’ progress towards gateway and evidencing their readiness for end-point assessment

The new Apprenti-Kit Plus enhances the value and learning experience of an apprentice by including:

• a health and wellbeing book
• an end-point assessment support document
• a choice of 5 e-learning short courses
This enhanced bundle that truly benefits your apprentice is available for just £15.

Find out more here.

Updates to level 5 health and social care qualifications

Changes to frameworks that will affect Highfield qualifications in the health and social care sector have been announced by Skills for Care (SfC), the industry’s sector skills council.

It has been confirmed that the assessment plan for the new Level 5 Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard is still awaiting sign-off from the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA), and is expected to published later in the year.

As a result, current SASE framework apprenticeships, including the Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care, and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (RQF) qualification (including the adult pathways), will remain open for registrations until 31 December 2019, when the SASE framework is closed.

SfC has also confirmed that once available, the new level 5 standard will include a named mandatory qualification.

In anticipation of this, Highfield has developed a new Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care qualification, which will be available for registration from 1 September 2018.

This new qualification has been approved against the SfC specification and developed to reflect updated practices and challenges of leadership and management in the sector.

Once the SASE frameworks have been closed for registrations, the current Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services for Adult Care Leaders and Managers (adult pathways) will also close for registrations and will be replaced by the new Level 5 qualification.

There will be a period of dual running between the current SASE apprenticeships and the new standard apprenticeships therefore, centres must be clear which qualification option they will take (once the standard is live). 

For further info please visit the Skills for Care website

The New World of Apprenticeship Standards and the Puzzle of On-Programme Delivery

Apprenticeships have evolved. A shift away from the safe and well-known framework to the more flexible and holistic approach of standards offers employers, training providers and colleges a host of opportunities. However, the relative lack of structure also causes confusion, uncertainty and makes delivery a puzzle that must be solved.

Since the launch of the standards we have been asked so many questions that start with the word ‘how’. How do I start? How do I track progress? How do I prove my apprentices are ready for gateway? How do I know that my apprentices are progressing? How do I evidence my apprentices have the requisite knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the standard? How do I ensure my apprentices cover the 20% off-the-job training?

If you’re asking these same questions, please know that you are not alone.

The change to the standards is a whole new world when it comes to apprenticeships. It is a giant leap in the delivery model from frameworks to standards and the lack of detail can make planning the mandatory on-programme learning difficult. The lack of a clearly defined structure can leave training providers unsure how to structure their delivery. It can leave the apprentice feeling isolated and confused and means that the risk of the apprentice dropping off the programme is heightened.

Clearly there is a need for greater structure. There are ambitious targets of 3 million apprentices completing the standards by 2020. This number becomes increasingly unlikely as we all read stories of the dwindling numbers of new starters, and that many providers across all sectors are claiming it is taking longer for apprentices to reach gateway, and that the natural consequence of this is, of course, that apprentices’ motivation reduces while their frustrations go the opposite way. The risk of non-completion also rises.

When it comes to supporting our customers through on-programme delivery, the main way we can help is through our Apprenti-kits. The premise of our Apprenti-kit is that it provides a clear pathway from day one of the apprenticeship through to gateway, and that they are:  

  • mapped to the standards that they support
  • created by genuine industry experts with recent relevant experience
  • are available as an e-kit that is compatible with most e-portfolio systems
  • are broken down into manageable sized modules that can be completed at the apprentice’s own pace
  • evidence the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the apprentice
  • contain over 1,000 hours of our experience, expertise and knowledge
  • track learners’ progress towards gateway and evidence their readiness for end-point assessment

We are committed to continuing to listen and respond to our customers’ needs, particularly around on-programme apprenticeship delivery and preparation for end-point assessment. Our ultimate aim is to contribute to the number of apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship, and to continue to provide leading work-based learning qualifications and training materials.

Speaking about Highfield Apprenti-kits, Jon Ansty, Head of Assessment, at Eastleigh College, said:

I have been working with Highfield for nearly three and a half years now. During this time our working relationship has flourished. When we started looking at the transition to standards, we met a few times to discuss the offer from Highfield around the Apprenti-kit for frameworks as well as standards.

The kits we use are for a range of areas, we use kits for the new standards in Hospitality Team Member and Hospitality Supervisor, Customer Service Practitioner as well as Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker.

The quality of the kits has been recognised by our employers including HC3S where we have branded the Apprenti-kits with their logo. The kits are of a professional level and I am impressed by the support provided by both Highfield in facilitating further tweaks to personalise the kits for Eastleigh College as well as the employers.’

Find out how we can work with your organisation to deliver effective on-programme training by calling us on 0845 226 0350 or 01302 363 277 or emailing info@highfieldassessment.com.

Find out more about our Apprenti-kits with our latest video update

When it comes to apprenticeships, Highfield Qualifications has done the hard work so you don’t have to. Find out how we are supporting apprentice learners – and employers on the apprenticeship levy – with our Apprenti-kits video.

To find out how Highfield Assessment compares to its competitors for end-point assessment, please visit here.

Highfield approved for passenger transport EPA

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Highfield has been working hard to make sure it has some of the most comprehensive coverage around for the new apprenticeship standards.

And we’re delighted to announce we’ve been approved to deliver end-point assessment (EPA) for the new Passenger Transport Driver – Bus, Coach, Rail Standards, adding this important sector to the many we’re already supporting on apprenticeships and the apprenticeship levy.

This means we’ll be able to offer passenger transport employers end-point assessment services and a full range of support to make the most of their potential levy payments.

Under the apprenticeship levy, larger employers pay into a central fund that must be used for apprenticeship training, while smaller employers will see 90 per cent of their costs covered by the government.

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. It offers EPA services through its Highfield Assessment brand.

You can also contact Highfield at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling 0845 2260350/01302 363277.

For information on one of our new Apprenti-kits that supports a new apprenticeship standard, simply visit here.

Take your apprentices further with Highfield’s Apprenti-kits

Are you looking for engaging, rewarding and focussed resources for your apprentices? Then check out the video below to learn more about our industry-leading Apprenti-kits. You can also go directly to the website at www.highfield.co.uk/products/format/highfieldkits/

Further updates are now available here.

Coming soon – Apprenticeship Standard (Level 2) Healthcare Support Worker kit

Apprenticeship Standard Updateapprenticeship standardA new Apprent-kit to help learners undertaking the new level 2 apprenticeship standard for healthcare support worker is being launched by Highfield Products

Developed to support learners through a number of different delivery models – whether that’s direct delivery, distance learning or blended learning – the Apprenticeship Standard (Level 2) Healthcare Support Worker comes complete with everything needed to help learners, employers and tutors throughout the apprenticeship journey. 

The comprehensive kit includes a welcome booklet that provides guidance on the new apprenticeship standards, thorough coverage of the required knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs), plus a wide range of sector-based activities to enhance learners’ understanding and achievement. 

Also included is an authoritative guide that aims to demystify end-point assessment, plus a textbook and workbook for each of the mandatory knowledge and skills modules, as well as for the required behaviours. 

And to provide added flexibility and adaptability, the kit is available in an A4 ring binder or electronically as an e-kit delivered direct to your inbox. 

The Apprenticeship Standard (Level 2) Healthcare Support Worker is available for pre-order now. Just contact Highfield on either 0845 226 0350/01302 363277 or sales@highfield.co.uk.

For further information on how Highfield Assessment performs against its competitors, please visit here.

Update to health and social care SASE frameworks

SASE Framework Update

As you are probably already aware, the apprenticeship sector is currently undergoing a number of significant reforms. As well as the introduction of the apprenticeship levy – which changes the way in which apprenticeships are funded – new apprenticeship standards have been developed that are gradually replacing the old frameworks known as SASE (Specification of apprenticeship standards for England). 

This includes the SASE framework for the health and social care sector. 

Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care
From 29 December 2017, the Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care will close. These will instead by replaced by the Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Work Apprenticeship standards and assessments plans from January 2018, and which will become the only apprenticeship route for apprentices working at level 2 and level 3 in health and social care. 

The Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) and the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) will be withdrawn on 31 December 2017 and will be replaced by the Level 2 Diploma in Care and the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care, which will launch on 1 January 2018.

You won’t need to do anything to maintain your approval with us. Your account manager will transfer any registrations you have for the withdrawn QCF qualifications over to the new RQF qualifications at no further charge. Please note, if you are transferring to the new RQF qualifications, it is essential that you fully review the qualification specifications before delivery takes place.

Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management
Skills for Care has recently issued the following statement (available here):

The trailblazer group has advised that the revised version of the Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard has been submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) for review and approval. The revisions reflect feedback from stakeholders and requirements from IfA. It’s unlikely to be completed before January that impacts on the planned availability of the standard for delivery from January 2018. Due to this the IfA will not consider the relevant assessment plan.

In order to facilitate a smooth transition to the new standard and ensure the continuity of apprenticeship provision at level 5, the current SASE Framework level 5 apprenticeship will remain open for new registrations until 31 August 2018.

 

This has been agreed between Skills for Care, awarding organisations and the adult care trailblazer group.

The registration period for the existing qualification Level 5 Leadership and Management will be extended by all awarding organisations until 31 August 2018 (agreed by the Joint Awarding Body Quality Group – JABQG).

The new Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management in Adult Care will be launched on 1 September 2018, by which time the apprenticeship standard assessment plan will be expected to have been published.
 

This means that the Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) will be transitioned to the RQF from 1 January 2018 with no changes made to the content or assessment. Centre approval and direct claim status will transfer automatically, and your account manager will be happy to transfer any unused registrations for you.

The launch of the new level 5 diploma will be delayed until 1 September 2018.

For more information on the withdrawal and launch of health and social care qualifications, please visit here.
 
Get in touch if you have any questions regarding this SASE framework.

To find out how Highfield Assessment compares to its competitors, please visit here.

Apprenti-kit for Operations/Departmental Manager

A new Apprent-kit to help learners undertaking the new level 5 apprenticeship standard for operations/departmental manager has been launched by Highfield Products

Developed to support learners through a number of different delivery models – whether that’s direct delivery, distance learning or blended learning – the Apprenticeship Standard (Level 5) Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenti-kit comes complete with everything needed to help learners, employers and tutors throughout the apprenticeship journey. 

The comprehensive kit includes a welcome booklet that provides guidance on the new apprenticeship standards, thorough coverage of the required knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs), plus a wide range of sector-based activities to enhance learners’ understanding and achievement. 

Also included is an authoritative guide that aims to demystify end-point assessment, plus a textbook and workbook for each of the mandatory knowledge and skills modules, as well as for the required behaviours. 

And to provide added flexibility and adaptability, the kit is available in an A4 ring binder or electronically as an e-kit delivered direct to your inbox. 

The Apprenticeship Standard (Level 5) Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenti-kit costs £45.95 for the hard copy version, and £45.95 plus VAT for the e-kit version. 

For more information and to view a sample, click here.

To order your kit now, either call us on 0845 226 0350/01302 363277 or sales@highfield.co.uk.

 

 

Autumn withdrawal for People 1st apprenticeship pathways

People 1stA number of apprenticeship pathways are to be withdrawn this autumn following a comprehensive review by People 1st.

The review was conducted over a three-week period by People 1st, the sector skills council responsible for sectors such as hospitality, leisure, passenger transport, travel, tourism and retail, and recommends that over 20 pathways (from within apprenticeship frameworks) be withdrawn.

As a result, a number of pathways will be withdrawn from 31 October 2017. 

A full list can be downloaded from the People 1st website.

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