Highfield Christmas closing dates 2017

‘He’s making a list and checking it twice; Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice‘…yes, it’s nearly Christmas, which means the tree is up, the festive jumpers are on and the mince pies are doing the rounds in the Highfield office (so many mince pies…!). 
 
But that also means we’re nearly upon our annual shutdown for the Christmas period. We’ll be closing at 5.30 pm on Thursday 21 December 2017, and reopening on Tuesday 2 January 2018. Unfortunately that also means any enquiries we receive between these dates won’t be responded to until the office reopens. 
 
If you have orders that are urgent and you require before Christmas, please make them before 1 pm on Wednesday 20 December 2017. These orders will be dispatched on a next-delivery.
 
If your order isn’t that urgent but you still need it delivered over the Christmas period, be sure to place it before 2 pm on Thursday 21 December 2017. Any orders placed after this won’t be dispatched until the New Year. 

As always, we’d like to thank you for your continued support over the last 12 months, in which we’ve been recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) for apprenticeships, and took one of the top prizes at the Learning Technologies Awards in November for our e-learning. The awards are one the biggest in Europe, and open to some of the most famous digital names in the world, but the Highfield team beat them all to take the gold in the ‘Best use of learning technologies to ensure compliance’ category.

We also raised many more thousands of pounds for our chosen charity, Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA), and the important work they do. If you’d like to find out more or maybe make a donation yourself, go to www.victa.org.uk 

So finally, on behalf of the entire Highfield team, have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

Top award for Highfield e-learning

An innovative e-learning package that helped Marks & Spencer reduce the cost associated with incident reporting has been recognised at the digital industry’s prestigious Learning Technology Awards.

The e-learning, developed by Highfield e-Learning, took gold prize in the ‘Best use of learning technologies to ensure compliance application’ category after impressing judges with its impact on Marks & Spencer’s business.

Learning Technology Awards

The Highfield e-Learning team on stage.

Since its introduction in 2016, Marks & Spencer has seen a significant increase in reporting compliance, reduced costs by minimising interruptions to normal trading, encouraging duty managers to act promptly when incidents occurred, and ensuring consistency in behaviour at stores across the UK.

In total, nearly 3000 duty managers have taken the Marks & Spencer Duty Manager e-Learning Course, with the business seeing a 1,000 percent return on their initial investment.

John Frost, Head of Business Continuity at Marks & Spencer and Chairman of the Retailers Business Continuity Association, said, ‘M&S has a number of award winning programmes but this is definitely one of the very best, and possibly the most effective e-learning solution we have seen to date. The e-learning was fresh and challenging for our team, and helped us achieve our strategic objectives in reducing losses from incidents’.

Chris Sprenger, Highfield MD, said, ‘I’m very proud of this achievement, which is a huge testament to our incredible team and their dedication to our core values of quality, value, service and integrity. We believe that we have one of the best – if not the best – offers in terms of e-learning, and it’s satisfying to have that belief justified. It’s even more satisfying to see just how our e-learning has positively impacted on a great organisation like Marks & Spencer and helped them to improve the way they do business’.

Highfield e-Learning is part of the Highfield Group, which is one of UK’s biggest educational organisations and publishers and winner of the Queen’s Award in 2016. 

The Learning and Technology Awards ceremony took place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel on 29 November 2017.

For more information on Highfield e-Learning, go to www.highfieldelearning.com.

For regular updates, go to https://twitter.com/askhighfield and www.facebook.com/askhighfield

For more on the Learning Technology Awards, go to http://www.learningtechnologies.co.uk/learning-tech-awards
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Notes to editors:
1. The Learning Technologies Awards is held every year and showcases some of the most recognisable, memorable, and life-changing e-learning worldwide. They are internationally recognised and open to organisations of all sizes.

2. The Highfield Group is one of the largest educational organisations in the UK for compliance, apprenticeship and work-based learning qualifications, training materials, e-learning and end-point assessment of apprenticeships, based on registrations, certifications and turnover.

The Group offers hundreds of publications and titles with over two million sales per annum. Additionally, it has developed 250-plus qualifications through its awarding organisation (AO), Highfield Qualifications.

Official endorsement for Highfield’s Care Certificate e-learning

Highfield e-learning’s course to support the Care Certificate has been given official endorsement from Skills for Care.  

The e-learning has been given the prestigious ‘Approved e-programme’ mark, while Highfield has been awarded ‘Recognised Provider’ status as part of Skills for Care’s Endorsement Framework. 

For more information on Highfield’s Care Certificate e-learning, go to https://www.highfieldelearning.com/products/care-certificate 

 

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

PRESS RELEASE: New e-learning to help train next generation of stewards

next generation of stewards A new suite of e-learning has been launched to help organisations train the next generation of stewards to nationally recognised standards and keep them compliant with the law.

The two new e-learning courses, Spectator Safety and Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events, are aimed at organisations and learners in the sports and events sector and are linked to nationally recognised qualifications.

The Spectator Safety course covers the knowledge element for the Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety and the entire Level 2 Award in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events, while the Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events covers the knowledge required for learners to achieve the Level 2 Award in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events.

Both e-learning courses, developed by Highfield e-learning, come complete with media rich and interactive content including photography, videos featuring commentary from sector experts and event stewards sharing their thoughts on working in the sector, interactive exercises to test and reinforce knowledge, and end of unit assessments.

Chris Sprenger, Highfield Managing Director, said, ‘There is increased regulatory and media scrutiny on the stewarding at sports and events  at the same time as the sector is becoming more attractive to young people as a career option.  Likewise, the nature of the job means that both learners and those teaching them are not often based in the classroom, so need an option that allows them to study in any environment.

More people are embracing e-learning and blended learning, so these courses are a cost-effective and innovative way for sports and events organisations to engage with learners in a meaningful fashion that benefits both the learner and the business’.

The Spectator Safety e-learning costs £115 plus VAT per learner, while the Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events e-learning costs £95 plus VAT per learner.

For more information, go to www.highfieldelearning.com, call 0845 226 0350 or email support@highfieldelearning.com
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Notes to editors:
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The Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events e-learning contains the following units: Prepare for spectator events; Control the entry, exit and movement of people at spectator events; Monitoring spectators and deal with crowd problems and Dealing with accidents and emergencies. The Spectator Safety e-learning contains the same units, with the addition of: Managing conflict and Supporting the work of the team and organisation.

2. Both e-learning courses can be assessed by:

  • Interactive activities: ensuring knowledge is continually reinforced throughout each module
  • Multiple-choice questioning: at the end of each module to ensure learner outcomes have been achieved
  • Full end-of-unit assessments: completed electronically and signed by an assessor appointed by the organisation providing training.

 3. Press images relating to this story can be downloaded here:

https://goo.gl/photos/irnYeokFc41126jL7

4. A video demonstrating the Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events e-learning is available below:

5. The size of the sports and events sector in the UK:

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New learning resources from Highfield at Health + Care

The Highfield Group will be attending this year’s Health+Care exhibition, bringing you all the latest you need in training and education resources to help your staff and learners complete the Care Certificate.

And available to try on the Highfield stand (R54) will be one of the most comprehensive e-learning systems for the Care Certificate, as well as a range of other material to support learners in the health and social care sectors.

new learning resources from HighfieldThe software, from Highfield e-Learning, is designed to support delivery of the knowledge elements of the Care Certificate. It can be fitted into existing workplace induction programmes and covers all 15 standards included in the Care Certificate, with a 30 minute course for each of the standards to test knowledge and understanding.

HF Care Cert2The e-learning is flexible so that each learner can complete the standards specific to their role, and is mapped to official health and social care qualifications so that prior learning can be recognised. It is also fully customisable so that it meets the needs of individual organisations, and trackable so that learner progress can be monitored and verified.

Cleaning (resized)Highfield e-learning is part of the same group as Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’), which was commissioned by Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health to develop the official Care Certificate workbook to support its introduction across the health and social care sectors from 1 April 2015.

healthcare pic - 4Staff will be on hand to discuss the qualifications available from HABC, including its suite of health and social care qualifications, and its range of compliance qualifications such as first aid, manual handling and health and safety.

490732749_5And there will be a range of learning resources from Highfield.co.uk covering subjects such as infection control, first aid, dementia and health and social care.

Health+Care takes place at Excel, London, on 24-25 June 2015.

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Media Contact: Mark Phillips, Communications Manager
Email: mphillips@highfieldabc.com

Care certificate e-learning from official workbook developer

One of the most comprehensive e-learning systems for workers taking the Care Certificate has been launched by the group that developed the official workbook.

The software, from Highfield e-learning, is designed to support delivery of the knowledge elements of the Care Certificate. It can be fitted into existing workplace induction programmes and covers all 15 standards included in the Care Certificate, with a 30 minute course for each of the standards to test knowledge and understanding.

The e-learning is flexible so that each learner can complete the standards specific to their role, and is mapped to official health and social care qualifications so that prior learning can be recognised. It is also fully customisable so that it meets the needs of individual organisations, and trackable so that learner progress can be monitored and verified.

HF Care Cert2Highfield e-learning is part of the same group as Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’), which was commissioned by Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health to develop the official Care Certificate workbook to support its introduction across the health and social care sectors from 1 April 2015.

Chris Sprenger, Highfield E-Learning Managing Director, said, ‘Our e-learning has been put together by many of the key people involved in the development of the official Care Certificate workbook, and goes the extra mile in making delivery of the Care Certificate – which may seem a burden to some – an engaging and motivating experience for learners.

The feedback we have received from the health and social care sector is extremely positive, and we have already begun working with some of the leading training providers and employers to help make sure their learners and staff are compliant with the requirements of the Care Certificate’.

HF Care Cert1Prices per licence are (not including VAT):

  • 1-9 users – £35 plus VAT each
  • 10-99 users – £30 plus VAT each
  • 100+ users – £25 plus VAT each

We also plan to offer the modules from the Care Certificate as 15 individual courses. Each one will be priced at £2.50 per unit.

To order, call 0845 226 0350 or email sales@highfield.co.uk

For more information, go to www.highfieldelearning.com/products/care-certificate

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Media Contact: Mark Phillips, Communications Manager
Tel: 0845 2260350 ~ Email: mphillips@highfield.co.uk