What you need to know about our products, qualifications and GDPR

As you are probably aware, the GDPR – or the General Data Protection Regulation – came into effect in May and has changed the way all businesses keep data.

But it also has an impact on the content of our qualifications and products, and in some cases how those qualifications and products should be used.

We’ve produced a short video (less than two minutes) to let you know what we’re doing to make sure ALL of our products and qualifications are compliant with the GDPR.

In the meantime, if you are a Highfield centre and have a specific question, please contact your account manager who will be happy to help.

Or contact us on 0845 2260350 / 01302 363277 or info@highfield.co.uk

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/

 

Sector skills councils launch consultation on future qualifications

Following the government’s changed policy on qualifications and apprenticeships across all sectors, the two sector skills councils responsible for the health and adult care workforces – Skills for Health and Skills for Care – have been working together to consider the future approach to health and adult care qualifications.

Both sector skills councils are committed to qualifications that have, at their core, shared knowledge and skills, which support the vision of employers and provide integrated services and the portability of skills and knowledge across the health and adult care workforce.

sector skills councils

Following a review into the content of current qualifications, they are holding an open consultation that will allow healthcare professionals to have their say on the councils’ proposed content changes to level 2 and level 3 health and social care diplomas.

Further information on the imposed changes is available here.

The questionnaire will close on Wednesday 10 August 2016.

Important Qualification Expiration Reminder

Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance would like to remind all centres that the last date for new registrations for the HABC Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation (QCF) will be Thursday 30 June 2016. HABC approved centres will have until 21 July 2016 to complete their programmes (unless special considerations are applied) and apply for learner certificates.

This qualification has been replaced by the HABC Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (RQF), which is supported by both the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Skills for Health. It has also been approved for delivery to pre-16 year olds.

This is a 1-credit qualification, typically delivered over a half-day course (minimum contact time of 4 hours) and contains the following unit:

  • Basic Life Support and Using an Automated External Defibrillator

Please note: while in-depth AED training is not currently a compulsory component of first aid at work and emergency first-aid courses, the HSE welcomes AED training being incorporated into them. This is a stance that HABC supports and we strongly encourage our centres to consider this moving forward. Further information on the HSE welcoming the addition of AED awareness training into first-aid courses is available here.

10 new qualifications approved for funding

HABC LogoThe Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has announced that is has approved a further 10 new qualifications for Highfield, raising the total number of qualifications we offer to 70.

The funded qualifications are:

A list of all 70 funded qualifications that can be delivered by Highfield Approved Centres is available here.

If you are a Highfield Approved Centre and would like to add any of these qualifications to your current provision, then please contact your account manager directly. If you are not currently a Highfield Approved Centre and would like to become one to start delivering our funded qualifications, then please visit here and you’ll be able to start your application process to join us.

NEW – HABC Level 2 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture (QCF) (601/2331/X)

Work-based horticultureHABC has added to its suite of land-based qualifications with the launch of the HABC Level 2 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture (QCF) ((601/2331/X), joining three Level 1 qualifications launched earlier in the year.

Aimed at learners 16 and over either working or looking to work in the horticulture sector, the qualification covers the knowledge, understanding and skills required across many different areas of horticulture and includes six key pathways:

  • Production and Commercial Horticulture;
  • Horticulture;
  • Landscaping;
  • Sports Turf (Greenkeeper or Groundsman);
  • Parks, Gardens and Green Space; or
  • Cemeteries.

The qualification is recognised by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) as meeting the criteria for its LISS/CSCS (Land-based Industry Skills Scheme/Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card, which is a mandatory requirement for employees of companies which are quality assured to National Highways Sector Scheme 18 (NHSS18), and which allows them to bid for Highways Agency ‘national roads’ contracts that cost more than £10m and are publically or public/private partnership funded.

It can also be used to form part of the Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Horticulture (England) which is issued by Lantra (and can be delivered on a stand-alone basis), and is included in the Welsh equivalent of the horticulture apprenticeship framework.

An Apprenti-kit to support learners is available, and which can be purchased from the Highfield.co.uk website.

If you are a HABC Approved Centre, please contact your account manager for more details. If you are not already a HABC Approved Centre but would be interested in offering this qualification through HABC, please call us on 0845 226 0350 or email info@highfieldabc.com

HABC Level 2 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture (QCF)

Fee per registration per candidate
1 – 49 £50.00
50 – 99 £47.00
100+ £44.00

 

NEW – HABC Level 3 Diploma in Knowledge of Custodial Care (QCF) (601/2363/1)

Highfield has launched a brand new qualification for the custodial care sector. And it’s ideal for anyone working – or hoping to work – in the custodial care sector.

The HABC Level 3 Diploma in Knowledge of Custodial Care (QCF) (601/2363/1) will help you develop further your knowledge and understanding in key areas such as legislation, organisational requirements and working practices.

Relevant to current and prospective workers in HM prisons and the private sector, it can be delivered on a standalone basis or as the knowledge component for the Advanced Apprenticeship for Custodial Care.

If you are a HABC Approved Centre, please contact your account manager for more details. If you are not already a HABC Approved Centre but would be interested in offering this qualification through HABC, please call us on 0845 226 0350 or email info@highfieldabc.com

HABC Level 3 Diploma in Knowledge of Custodial Care (QCF)

Fee per registration per candidate
1 – 99 £80.00
100+ £75.00

 

Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Level 5 DiplomaA new Level 5 diploma has been launched to improve the leadership skills of workers in the health and social care sector.

The HABC Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF) (80 Credits) (601/2344/8)  is aimed at employees who are working as care managers or advanced practitioners and who want to develop their skills further.

It is hoped that the new qualification, which is already being used by a number of training providers, will improve overall leadership skills across the sector at a time when it is experiencing unprecedented scrutiny from the media and politicians, and facing a future explosion in demand for social care services from an ageing population.

A report by Skills for Care and Development in 2011 found that whilst 48 percent of staff in the sector hold a professional qualification – and are more likely overall to hold a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification compared to other sectors – health and social care workers are less likely to have a L5 qualification relating to leadership roles.

Likewise, the report found that the workforce was dominated by female workers (80 percent of all health and social care workers, representing one in 10 of all women employees in the entire UK), who have been traditionally underrepresented in leadership positions.

Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive, said, ‘Businesses in the sector are facing real challenges in terms of ensuring their workforce has the skills to meet the increasing demands of an ageing population whilst managing tighter budgets. Through this qualification, providers will be able to develop the next generation of leaders capable of dealing with the new realities the sector is facing, whether that is funding and resource allocation, contracts, regulation and inspection from local and national agencies and working positively with what is one of the most diverse workforces of any sector’.

The qualification is the seventh from HABC supporting the health and social care sector and forms part of a full staff-development suite now available to training providers and employers, including entry level qualifications at Level 2 in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care as well as specific qualifications covering dementia awareness.

A new 90-credit diploma version of the qualification has also been launched, developed specifically to be added to the Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management.

If you are a HABC Approved Centre, please contact your account manager for more details. If you are not already a HABC Approved Centre but would be interested in offering these qualifications through HABC, please call us on 0845 226 0350 or email info@highfieldabc.com

HABC Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF) (80 Credits)

Fee per registration per candidate
1+ £110.00

HABC Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF) (90 Credits)

Fee per registration per candidate
1+ £110.00

 

NEW – HABC Level 2 Award in Front of Stage Pit Barrier Operations

Live events could be safer and more efficiently managed after the launch of a new front of stage pit barrier qualification for security staff.

The HABC Level 2 Award in Front of Stage Pit Barrier Operations has been developed in partnership with Showsec – an award winning event and venue security specialist –and is aimed at personnel and organisations working within the live event sector.

The qualification, which can be linked to both stewarding and security, is classroom based and includes both theory and practical assessments. Content covered includes:

  • Understand the purpose of the front of stage pit barrier;
  • Being able to protect the health and safety of individuals within the barrier system;
  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of colleagues; and
  • Being able to recognise audience activity and respond appropriately while working in the front of stage pit barrier.

Available to learners aged 18 and over and with no minimum entry requirements, it is aimed at those already working in the sector and who want to specialise in front of stage barrier support and security.
It can be used to progress to a more senior position within the live events industry or to advance to a Level 3 qualification, and can be completed in just one day.

James Rockley, Business Development Director at HABC, said, ‘Both public and private sector organisations are facing greater than ever scrutiny – from the media and from regulatory authorities – in the way they organise and manage live events. It is therefore vital that staff are fully trained and aware of how to respond appropriately and knowledgeably in any situation’.

If you are a HABC Approved Centre, please contact your account manager for more details. If you are not already a HABC Approved Centre but would be interested in offering these qualifications through HABC, please call us on 0845 226 0350  or email info@highfieldabc.com

HABC Level 2 Award in Front of Stage Pit Barrier Operations

Fee per registration per candidate
1+ £15.00

 

Elbrus Solutions Training wins Royal Mint contract

elbrus solutions trainingElbrus Solutions Training Ltd has been celebrating this summer after winning a prestigious contract with the Royal Mint.

The Port Talbot-based HABC Approved Centre was approached by the Royal Mint – which has been in existence for over 1,100 years and is the only body authorised to mint coins in the UK – after it began a search for a training provider to carry out its in-house training.

Rob Davies, Director at Elbrus, said, ‘The contract came about when the Royal Mint looked at our website and could see the background of our staff and trainers were ex-forces and special forces, and that we had extensive experience working in a variety of hostile environments.

Anthony, one of the trainers at Elbrus, in front of their HABC Approved Centre certificate.

They reviewed the training courses and decided on the door supervision qualifications, which include physical intervention training, as they are opening a new visitors’ centre which may be licensed and where events may be held. Although there are MOD police on site, they felt that the door supervision course was better suited than the security guards qualification. On top of that, we’ll also be delivering CCTV training too’.

Rob added, ‘Although their security staff are employed in-house, they wanted a recognised level of training for their staff and the HABC qualifications met the mark. It’s great to have the opportunity to work with such a prestigious client and testament to all the hard work the team have put in’.

For more information, to go http://elbrus-solutions-training.com/