Highfield approved for onboard and station team member end-point assessment

It’s been a busy month for approvals. But coming hot on the heels of aviation and business administration, we’re delighted to announce we’ve been approved to deliver end-point assessment for another passenger transport standard.

Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the government to provide end-point assessment for Passenger Transport – Onboard and Station Team Member with immediate effect. This brings to eight the total number of standards we’re approved for in the transport and logistics sector.

If you are an employer or provider in this sector and are interested in hearing more about the services we can provide around assessment for this standard, just drop us a line at info@highfieldassessment.com Or you call us on 0845 2260350/01302 363 277, where one of our friendly team members will be happy to talk you through the options right for you and your learners.

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.

EPA services are offered through our Highfield Assessment brand.

Highfield approved for business administrator end-point assessment

We’re delighted to announce that Highfield has been approved to deliver end-point assessment (EPA) for business administration.

Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the government to provide end-point assessment (EPA) for the new business administrator standard, and will be offering employers a full range of assessment services to help them achieve the most of their apprenticeship levy payments.

The introduction of the apprenticeship levy from 2017 means larger employers are obliged to pay into a central fund that must be used for apprenticeship training, while smaller employers can claim 90 percent of their costs from the government.

The changes also mean new apprenticeship standards like those for business administrator now use EPA instead of continuous assessment, requiring individual apprentices to have their work and competence assessed towards the end of their learning against criteria established by groups of employers known as ‘trailblazers’.

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.

EPA services are offered through our Highfield Assessment brand.

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

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.

Help for healthcare employers on apprenticeship levy and assessment 

apprenticeship levyHealthcare employers looking to make the most of the new apprenticeship levy will have help on hand from one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations.

Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the government to provide end-point assessment (EPA) services for the new healthcare assistant practitioner, healthcare support worker and senior healthcare support worker standards – which are currently being introduced throughout the sector – and will be offering healthcare employers a full range of support services to make the most of their potential apprenticeship levy payments.

The changes are some of the biggest ever to training in the UK, and will see new apprenticeship standards use EPAs instead of continuous assessment, meaning individual apprentices will have their work and competence assessed towards the end of their learning against criteria established by healthcare employers.  

There has also been the introduction of the apprenticeship levy from May 2017, with larger employers paying 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.

Chris Sprenger, Highfield MD, said, ‘With our recognition by the government as an apprentice assessment organisation (AAO), Highfield is in a position to provide specific assessment services for those organisations already taking on healthcare apprentices.

We can also offer consultancy and advice to any organisation still trying understand the changes and make the most of them –  whether they are looking to take on apprentices for the first time, wanting to have their existing in-house training recognised, or searching for services and resources to ensure they claim the full share of their funding entitlement’.

He added, ‘Apprenticeships are great for businesses and can provide a welcome boost to staff development and productivity when it is most needed, but it’s vital that organisations understand from day one how to make sure the changes are of benefit to them and their employees’. 

Highfield’s apprenticeship services are being offered through its Highfield Assessment brand. To see how Highfield Assessment stacks up to its competitors, simply visit here.

For more on the healthcare standards, go to the ‘Apprenticeship Qualifications’ section of www.highfieldassessment.com     

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

Regular social media updates are available at https://twitter.com/askhighfield and www.facebook.com/askhighfield

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Notes to editors:

  1. Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) as an apprentice assessment organisation (AAO) for the provision of end-point assessment services for the healthcare assistant practitioner, healthcare support worker and senior healthcare support worker standards. Highfield’s apprenticeship services are delivered through its Highfield Assessment brand.
  2. Highfield Qualifications is one of the UK’s top five awarding organisations (AOs) and winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016, offering over 250 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including retail, health and social care, rail, food safety, security, catering and hospitality, and logistics.

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

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.

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.

Support for retail employers on apprenticeship levy and assessment 

support for retail employersSupport for retail employers will be available to those looking to make the most of the impending changes to apprenticeships this spring will have help from one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations.

Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the government to provide end-point assessment (EPA) for the new Retailer Level 2 apprenticeship standard, which is currently being introduced throughout the sector, and will be offering retail employers a full range of support services to make the most of their potential apprenticeship levy payments. 

The changes are some of the biggest ever to training in the UK, and will see new apprenticeship standards like the Retailer Level 2 use EPA instead of continuous assessment, meaning individual apprentices will have their work and competence assessed towards the end of their learning against criteria established by retail 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.

Chris Sprenger, Highfield MD, said, ‘We understand the forthcoming changes have caused concern to many businesses in a retail sector already facing the prospect of minimum wage rises and an uncertain landscape after Brexit.

However, with our recognition by government as an apprentice assessment organisation (AAO), Highfield is in a position to provide specific assessment services for those businesses already taking on Retailer Level 2 apprentices. We can also offer consultancy and advice to any organisation still trying understand the changes and make the most of them –  whether they are looking to take on apprentices for the first time, wanting to have their existing in-house training recognised, or searching for services and resources to ensure they claim their full share of funding entitlement’.

He added, ‘Apprenticeships are great for business and can provide a welcome boost to staff development and productivity when it is most needed, but it’s vital that organisations understand from day one how to make sure the changes are of benefit to them and their employees’. 

Highfield’s apprenticeship services are being offered through its Highfield Assessment brand.

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

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

Video updates are available here (Retailer standard)  and here (AAO approval). 

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Notes to editors:

  1. Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) as an apprenticeship assessment organisation (AAO) for the provision of end-point assessment for the Retailer Level 2 apprenticeship standard. Highfield’s apprenticeship services are delivered through its Highfield Assessment brand.
  2. Highfield Qualifications is one of the UK’s top five awarding organisations (AO) and winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016, offering over 250 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including retail, health and social care, rail, food safety, security, catering and hospitality, and logistics.
  3. Highfield Qualifications is part of the Highfield Group, which includes:
  • Highfield Qualifications – awarding organisation (AO)
  • Highfield Products – learning resources publisher
  • Highfield elearning – developer of e-learning, e-assessment and learner management systems
  • Highfield Assessment – end-point assessment organisation (AAO)
  • Highfield International – international operations, based in Dubai