First Aid Qualification Update – Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training

In June, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced the requirement for all workplace first-aiders to be trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) from 31 December 2016. This is as a result of a change to the guidelines of the Resuscitation Council UK, which now state that when managing a casualty in need of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a first-aider must request an AED.

To accommodate these changes and cover the use of an automated external defibrillator, Highfield will be amending the qualification specification and practical assessment pack for the following qualifications:

Centres running courses from 31 December 2016 will be required to assess learners in the use of an AED. However, this will be optional prior to this date.

We anticipate that the subject of using an AED will be covered in the CPR section of each qualification. Learners should be assessed on their ability to demonstrate the following skills:

  • place AED pads correctly
  • follow AED instructions

Additionally, please note, the following requirements must be met when delivering training on the use of an AED:

  • centres must have 1 training AED available for every 4 learners on a course. This does allow for adjustment to lesson plans so long as the ratio of 1:4 is maintained and centres ensure learners are not disadvantaged.
  • centres running first-aid courses must ensure their tutors and assessors are sufficiently knowledgeable and competent in the use of an AED

We shall keep you updated with any further updates we receive regarding these qualifications. In the meantime, if you require any further information, please contact your account manager.

A special offer for Highfield customers

Last week, our directors attended a royal reception at Buckingham Palace for a very special audience with Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth to receive the Queens Award for Enterprise. The informal reception was also attended by fellow members of the royal family including Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Anne, Princess Royal, Princess Eugenie of York and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent.

To celebrate this special occasion, alongside our approaching 35th birthday, we are delighted to announce a special offer for our loyal customers that will run for 35 days – a day for each year we have been in business.

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From today until 17:00pm on Thursday 18 August 2016, customers will receive £250 credit for every £1,000 (ex. VAT) spent in a single transaction during this period.  The credit can be used to purchase Highfield qualifications or training resources, including e-learning, as advertised on our website or within our brochure.

Terms and conditions

  • the special offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion
  • the special offer is redeemable through email and telephone orders only
  • coupon code ‘QA35’ will need to be quoted to redeem the credit
  • this offer can only be redeemed a maximum of 3 times per customer
  • the special offer expires Thursday 18 August 2016
  • minimum spend required, excludes VAT

We would like to thank you for your continued support and for all of your celebratory messages in recognition of our award.

Highfield learner rises to the top

We are extremely proud of the success one of our learners – Abbey Hawkes – has achieved as part of her apprenticeship programme.

Abbey started as a business administration apprentice with In Touch Care in July 2015, and completed the business administration requirements of her apprenticeship as a registered learner with Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance.

In Touch Care is an approved Highfield centre, and deliver not only business admin, but personal development for employability and health and social care qualifications through Highfield.

From the start of her apprenticeship, Abbey’s confidence and abilities developed, and her positive attitude was warmly received by her colleagues. Not only were her achievements celebrated internally, but Abbey was also the recipient of compliments from external clients who commented on her professionalism and efficient demeanour as an asset to the company.

Abbey speaking at the In Touch Care Employer Conference in April 2016

Abbey speaking at the In Touch Care Employer Conference in April 2016

Less than 5 weeks into her apprenticeship Abbey was promoted to personal assistant to the company director, which is a testament to her hard work and determination. Alongside her apprenticeship, Abbey also jumped at the opportunity to become the ‘learner voice’ representative for In Touch Care. Within this new role, Abbey confronted public speaking challenges with great success, and embraced her new responsibilities seamlessly among her daily tasks.

Throughout the duration of her apprenticeship, Abbey built up a portfolio of evidence that kept a record of her responsibilities, which included reception duties, taking minutes for sector meetings and international projects. She also surpassed her target on every assessment, achieving 100% on almost all test units. Abbey also introduced In Touch Care to creative teaching presentations, and now champions social media projects.

Abbey is now working towards her intermediate apprenticeship, and aims to progress to her advanced apprenticeship with the same level of achievement.

Apprenticeships are continuing to surge in popularity, becoming a preferred progression route for young people today as an alternative to a university education.

In 2014/15 more than 492,700 people started apprenticeships in England, and statistics highlight that after completing their programmes, 90% of apprentices stayed in employment with their apprenticeship provider. Government statistics also state that a quarter of former apprentices were promoted within 12 months of finishing their programmes.

If you would like further information about Highfield’s apprenticeship qualifications and support resources, please contact us on info@highfieldabc.com

Highfield qualifications approved for Local Flexibility Funding

We are pleased to announce that a further 45 Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance qualifications have been approved for local flexibility funding for the academic year 2016/17.

We now deliver a total of 94 local flexibility funded qualifications available as part of the Adult Education Budget, and anticipate that more qualifications will soon be approved for funding for the academic year of 2016/17!

Highfield staff gear up for London Marathon 2016

This Sunday marks the 35th annual London Marathon.

Our Managing Director Christian Sprenger, IT Director Ashley Reddy and Becky Ashley will be lacing up their trainers to run a gruelling 26.2 miles in aid of our chosen charity VICTA, alongside Olympic athletes Dame Kelly Holmes and Iwan Thomas.

This fantastic charity provides equipment and services and hosts events that help blind and partially sighted children and young people to develop socially, emotionally and educationally, as well as offering their parents a vital network of support and information.

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Becky and Chris at the Chesterfield Marathon – trying to get some miles in preparation for the 26.2 challenge!

Chris has now been dubbed by all of us at Highfield as ‘marathon man’ as this weekend will be his 3rd appearance at the event (we’ll keep you informed if he can beat last year’s finish time of 3 hours 29 minutes!), however for our IT Director Ashley and marketing manager Becky, it will be their first time competing.

After signing up for the challenge back in May last year, they have all embarked on rigorous training regimes and Chris has regularly been seen testing his endurance on lunch breaks! We’ve summarised Ashley’s training in numbers below using information gathered from his fitness device.

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As this went to press, the Highfield heroes have received over £1,500 in sponsorship so far for the London Marathon, and we certainly put the fun in fundraising at our Christmas party, which saw our wonderful team donate over £1,000 in just one night!

To support them on their adventure this weekend, please click here

90th birthday marks royal recognition for Highfield

Highfield will be helping HM Queen Elizabeth II celebrate her 90th birthday this year after winning the UK’s most prestigious business accolade, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The Highfield Group, one of the UK’s leading education organisations, was announced as the winner of the award as part of the national celebrations to celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April.

Queen's Award winnersQueen’s Award winners are chosen by a panel that includes the Prime Minister and leading figures from government and industry, making it one of the most sought after accolades for British businesses.

Highfield is one of the UK and Middle East’s leading suppliers of compliance, apprenticeship and work-based learning qualifications, training materials and e-learning. It is one of the UK’s largest exam boards, and is actively involved in the development of the UK workforce and productivity, as well as contributing to government plans for three million apprenticeships by 2020 and the switchover to apprenticeship trailblazers.

The organisation, which has its headquarters in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, works with some of the biggest names in international business to help develop their staff, including PepsiCo, Nestle, Marks & Spencer and Superdrug, and each year supports over 2 million learners across the globe to achieve their educational aspirations.

Jason Sprenger, Highfield Chief Executive, said, ‘I’m incredibly proud of this fantastic achievement, which is a testament to our exceptional team and their dedication to our core values of quality, value, service and integrity. It is proving to be an amazing 12 months for Highfield.  We are continuing to expand domestically and internationally, with offices recently opening in Sheffield, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, plus a new international headquarters planned for Doncaster later in 2016, and have numerous other blue chip companies that have committed to working with us going forward’.

Representatives from Highfield will receive the award in person from Her Majesty at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 14 July 2016.  A further ceremony with the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Mr Andrew Coombe, will take place at Highfield’s offices later in the year.
For more information on Highfield, go to www.highfieldqualifications.com

For more on the Queen’s Award, go to www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise/overview

It worked for me: Highfield Apprenticeship

To mark National Apprenticeship Week and to celebrate the significance of work-based learning, we’ll be speaking to members of the Highfield team about their apprenticeship experience.

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Prior to starting her apprenticeship in 2012, Emily studied graphic design at college. After completing her studies she was looking for a solution that would allow her to continue her studies in a working environment, which led her to an apprenticeship. Emily was attracted to the Highfield design apprentice role due to the variety of professional projects she had the opportunity to work on. During her apprenticeship, Emily demonstrated a strong work ethic, becoming a fundamental member of the Design team, from which she secured a full-time role with Highfield as a junior designer.

What attracted you to an apprenticeship?

I had just finished two years of studying and felt that I needed to do something a little more practical, which is why an apprenticeship shone far brighter than any university course did.

What did your position involve?

My position really was to get involved and learn from my colleagues. When you first go into an apprenticeship you need to learn how the company itself works and from then on once you have learnt the essential skills, will start to find your place in the team (it just sort of clicks).

What is it like to work for Highfield?

It is a great adventure; you are rarely doing the same type of job. You will get to work on all types of projects with different team members for multiple clients.

What were your main responsibilities as an apprentice?

I looked after the event material, the setting of exam papers and creating a newsletter for Highfield. After a few weeks I also got the chance to join in with other activities such as photo shoots, which I found to be great fun. This was helpful as I got to work with other team members learning what they did in their day-to-day jobs.

What skills and experience did you gain from your apprenticeship?

I have gained so much from working at Highfield it would be hard to pin point only a few items to talk about. Within my initial 12 months I progressed so far and learnt how to produce products and each process that goes into doing so.

What was the highlight of your apprenticeship (biggest achievement etc.)?

I believe my greatest highlight was being offered a full-time position at Highfield. I felt that I had become part of the team and part of the Highfield family.

Do you feel that an apprenticeship was beneficial to your career?

It was really the greatest thing for me at the time as I don’t think I was ready to go to university. I was a rather timid person before I started working at Highfield and over the years I have grown so much both professionally and as an individual. I feel that this has been one of the greatest things I have done in my career so far and am looking forward to future endeavours.

How would you describe your apprenticeship in three words?

Super, smashing, great!!!

As a former apprentice, what advice would you give to anybody considering an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship was so much better for me as I was learning on the job, completing live briefs, being tutored by others with more experience than myself and growing as a person instead of sat in a classroom. Overall I would say consider an apprenticeship with Highfield as my experience here was so helpful for me and I do feel I found myself at Highfield.

Win a £100 Highfield credit voucher

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2016 we are giving away a £100 Highfield credit voucher to one lucky winner.

TO ENTER: Like our Facebook page, share this post, and tell us what you’d spend your £100 credit voucher on in the comments section.

The winner will be announced on Friday 18 March at 12.30pm.

Don’t forget to tag your friends and colleagues in the comments to let them know that they could also be in with a chance of winning!

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Employees of Highfield or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  • The selected winner must follow/like the Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Facebook account on their entry channel to qualify to receive the prize.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  • The £100 credit voucher can be redeemed against any product listed on our Highfield International website and Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance qualifications, subject to HABC’s terms and conditions. To redeem the voucher against examination or assessment materials with HABC you must be a HABC approved centre and be approved to offer the qualification in the subject area requested with appropriate training, assessing or quality assurance staff in place where required.
  • Closing date for entry will be 18.03.16 at 12.30pm. After this time no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  • We reserve the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  • No cash alternative to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  • A winner will be chosen at random on 18.03.16.
  • The winner will be notified via Facebook. The winner’s name will also be announced publicly upon the closure of the competition.
  • The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  • Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, LinkedIn or any other social network.

HABC Spring CPD Events

CPD Event Banner 2016HABC will be hosting several events during spring. Each of these events will focus on specific subject areas and will cover the relevant qualifications available from Highfield in these areas and their delivery. Delegates will have the opportunity to network with industry trainers and view supporting subject materials from Highfield International.

The events are:

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Admin Support Event

♦ Thursday, 19 May 2016
♦ University of Stirling, Scotland

Price: This is a FREE event

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Regulated First Aid Qualification Assessor & IQA CPD Training

♦ Thursday, 19 May 2016
♦ Village Urban Resorts, Tyne and Wear, Newcastle

Price: £50+VAT for HABC centres and £65+VAT for non-centres

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Education and Training Event

♦ Monday, 20 June 2016

♦ Holiday Inn, Doncaster A1 (M) Jct 36

Price: £50+VAT for HABC centres and £65+VAT for non-centres

Attendance at each of these events will entitle you to 6 CPD points.

The 2016 calendar will not only allow you to view details of our scheduled events, but will also provide you with the option of booking yourself and/or your colleagues onto them. To book yourself on to one of our events, please visit here. Alternatively, you can secure your place by calling our Sales team on 0845 226 0350 or by emailing the Events team at events@highfieldabc.com.

Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Book now to ensure that you don’t miss out!

New qualifications for recruitment sector

Recruitment image resizedNew qualifications for recruitment have been launched by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC).

The qualifications, which can be delivered stand-alone or as part of an apprenticeship framework, are designed to attract new talent into the recruitment sector and upskill the workforce to meet employer needs.

The titles of the recruitment training qualifications are:

  • HABC Level 2 Certificate in Recruitment Resourcing
  • HABC Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Recruitment Resourcing
  • HABC Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Recruitment
  • HABC Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Recruitment
  • HABC Level 4 Diploma in Principles of Recruitment Practice
  • HABC Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Recruitment

The Level 2 qualifications can be used to form part of the Intermediate Level Apprenticeships in Recruitment Resourcing, while the Level 3 qualifications as part of the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in the same subject.  The Level 4 qualifications can be used to form part of the Higher Apprenticeship in Recruitment.

The UK recruitment and staffing market is currently worth £20 billion and employs close to 100,000 people. It is estimated that each year the recruitment industry is responsible for placing an estimated 1.1 to 1.5 million individuals in jobs, emphasising its importance to the success of the overall economy

If you are a Highfield Approved Centre and are currently providing training in this sector or would like to do so, please contact your account manager.

If you are not currently a Highfield Approved Centre, but would like to become one, please contact us directly on 0845 2260350/01302 363277 or email us at sales@highfieldabc.com