We’re approved for the Improvement Practitioner standard

Highfield approved for Improvement Practitioner standardWe’re already one of the country’s leading providers of end-point assessment (EPA) services for one of the widest ranges of apprenticeship standards.

But it’s always good to add another string to our bow.

And now you can too,  as Highfield Assessment has been approved to deliver end-point assessment (EPA) for the Improvement Practitioner standard.

Improvement Practitioners lead smaller projects or play a key supporting role in a larger programme, tackling issues that may require swift problem solving, or re-occurring challenges that require in-depth analysis and the implementation of a range of effective and sustainable countermeasures.

The standard has been put together through the expertise and knowledge of some of the most successful businesses in the UK including BT Group, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, Wincanton Plc, Britvic and GlaxoSmithKline. 

Why choose Highfield for your EPA?
We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to. We can offer your business a full range of assessment services, support and advice to help you and your improvement practitioner standard apprentices achieve your goals.

In fact, we’re one of the leading authorities on EPA in the country and have already worked with some of the biggest and best-known organisations in the UK, delivering thousands of successful assessments across over 30 different apprenticeship standards.

That all stems from our unbeatable offer and complete assessment service, which includes:

  • assessment resources and guidance
  • engagement with external quality assurance organisations
  • training and standardisation for assessors to ensure fair, consistent and reliable assessments
  • our own dedicated employer engagement team
  • a simple scheduling process, with a scheduling team on hand to support you
  • a digital dashboard that tracks every point of a learner’s journey, allowing you to gather data, generate reports and action tasks
  • and most importantly, our understanding of both apprentice AND employer requirements

All of which adds up to thousands of happy apprentices, providers and employers!

So, whether you’re considering taking on apprentices for the first time, wanting to have your existing in-house training recognised, or you’re searching for services to ensure you claim your full share of levy funding, you can trust us to deliver.

Find out more by dropping us a line at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling 01302 363277/0845 2260350.

Or go to www.highfieldassessment.com

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. Our EPA services are delivered through our Highfield Assessment brand.
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We’ve launched a brand new suite of digital qualifications

New suite of digital qualifications from HighfieldWe’ve launched a brand new suite of digital qualifications to give you the opportunity to offer more training options to your customers.

Our new Information Communication Technology (ICT) qualifications, which are available as awards and certificates from entry-level to level 2, cover basic IT skills for learners preparing to enter work and for those looking to build their skills in the workplace.

The UK’s ICT industry now makes around £60 billion each year and is currently one of the world’s largest ICT markets. And the great news is that approved Highfield centres can now register to be among the first to deliver these qualifications to make sure that learners don’t miss out. 

For more information on the qualifications, just follow the links below: 

So if you’re already a Highfield approved centre and want to offer our new digital qualifications, please speak to your account manager who will be happy to help. 

If you’re not a Highfield approved centre, call us on 01302 363277/0845 2260350 or drop us a line at info@highfield.co.uk 

Support for health and social care apprentices

Looking to support your health and social care apprentices? We have a solution for that…

We offer a Healthcare Support Worker Apprenti-kit specifically designed to support the on-programme delivery of the Level 2 Healthcare Support Worker Apprentice standards.

  • Track apprentices’ progress towards gateway and their readiness for end-point assessment (EPA)
  • Evidence required knowledge, skills and behaviours
  • Cover all the modules of the standard
  • Broken down into manageable chunks
  • Allows apprentices to work at their own pace
  • Available as hard-copy or digital (compatible with most e-portfolio systems)

For more information, go to https://www.highfieldassessment.com/apprenticeship-resources/health-science/healthcare-support-worker

SCPLH review now live

The Scottish Personal Licence Holder qualifications (SCPLH), required by anyone holding a personal licence in Scotland to authorise the sale of alcohol, or manage or supervise in premises where alcohol is sold, are currently undergoing an independent review to ensure the qualifications are fit for purpose and add value to businesses.

Scottish Government has contracted skills and quality assurance expert, People 1st International, to undertake the review, which is currently underway.

Operators, training providers, awarding organisations and other stakeholders right the way across the licensed retail industry are being engaged to ensure the views of the industry are heard and incorporated into the revised standards. Ultimately, the aim is to transform them into simple, fit for purpose qualifications that provide individuals with a professional development standard – as well as meeting licensing legislation. 

Having already conducted the first phase of the review process working with an industry steering group and gaining initial views via an online consultation, People 1st International then conducted a series of focus groups to discuss the detail of the qualification content with experienced operators.  People 1st International will continue to work with trade bodies to gather the views of their members over the next few weeks.

The final stage of the review is now underway to gather views on the revised qualification content from the wider industry. Your views are critical. Please get involved and have your say on the proposed content of the revised standard by accessing the survey here:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SCPLHreview2019

People 1st International will be submitting the revised standard to the regulator, SQA Accreditation for approval in October 2019 and the new qualifications are planned to be available in May 2020. 

Children’s healthcare/early years’ professionals needed

Image of people doing a team hand-stackChildren’s healthcare/early years’ professionals, we’re looking for your help.

As one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations and educational publishers, it’s our job to develop qualifications and supporting resources to support people in their chosen career.

But we wouldn’t be able to do that without the help of our magnificent subject matter experts, who provide the knowledge and insight needed to make our qualifications and resources relevant.

We’re currently looking for people who have significant experience of working in children’s healthcare and early years settings.

As a subject matter expert, you’d be contracted on a self-employed, consultancy basis to support the qualification development team with the development and review of qualifications and associated assessment material using your extensive subject specialism and experience to inform our projects.

So if you’re interested in becoming part of the Highfield team, send us a DM or get in touch on info@highfield.co.uk

To see other opportunities in this sector with Highfield, take a look here

New early years level 3 qualification development

We need your help behind the scenes for a new early years level 3 qualification we’re developing for those working or hoping to work in the early years’ sector.

The qualification will be developed to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage, to count in the EYFS child:staff ratios. It will meet the Department for Education’s ‘full and relevant’ criteria.

If you’re a Highfield centre and are interested in receiving further information on the development of the early years level 3 qualification, or would like to be involved in the user group, please contact your account manager. Or email us at info@highfieldabc.com 

For more on our current range of early years and childcare qualifications go to our website

Also, if you’re interested in our full review of early years, children and young people’s sector qualifications, check the article below

Review of early years, children and young people’s sector qualifications

Review of early years, children and young people’s sector qualifications

We’re currently reviewing our suite of qualifications for the early years, children and young people’s sector and would appreciate your input!

From 1 September 2019, the Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce will no longer be included in the ratios for working in the early years’ sector.

Therefore we are seeking centre feedback on what sort of qualifications would most appropriately meet centres’ and learners’ needs, so that we can steer our development work towards our customers’ needs.

If you’ve got a moment, please take a look at the following questions and let us have feedback on the comments below.

Which of the following qualifications would you like to see us offer and what would be the likely take-up of these qualifications within your organisation?

1. Early Years Practitioner
2. Early Years Educator
3. Children and Young People’s Social Care
4. Any other qualifications not mentioned

You can check out our current qualification offer for the sector here

Why trust Highfield with your security EPA?

In the security sector, trust is everything.

From trust in your employees to your customers’ trust in you, it’s the security sector’s most valuable asset.  

So, when it comes to end-point assessment, you need an organisation you can rely on.

Highfield Assessment is now approved to deliver end-point assessment (EPA) for the Security First Line Manager apprenticeship standard.

Why use Highfield Assessment?
We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to. We can offer your business a full range of assessment services, support and advice to help you and your security apprentices achieve your goals.

In fact, we’re one of the leading authorities on EPA in the country and have already worked with some of the biggest and best-known organisations in the UK, delivering thousands of successful assessments across over 30 different apprenticeship standards.

That all stems from our unbeatable offer and complete assessment service, which includes:

  • assessment resources and guidance
  • engagement with external quality assurance organisations
  • training and standardisation for assessors to ensure fair, consistent and reliable assessments
  • our own dedicated employer engagement team
  • a simple scheduling process, with a scheduling team on hand to support you
  • a digital dashboard that tracks every point of a learner’s journey, allowing you to gather data, generate reports and action tasks
  • and most importantly, our understanding of both apprentice AND employer requirements

All of which adds up to thousands of happy apprentices, providers and employers!

So, whether you’re considering taking on apprentices for the first time, wanting to have your existing in-house training recognised, or you’re searching for services to ensure you claim your full share of levy funding, you can trust us to deliver.

Find out more by dropping us a line at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling 01302 363277/0845 2260350.

Or go to www.highfieldassessment.com

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. Our EPA services are delivered through our Highfield Assessment brand.

Review of Scottish Personal Licence Holder qualifications

The Scottish Personal Licence Holder qualifications, required by anyone holding a personal licence in Scotland to authorise the sale of alcohol, or manage or supervise in premises where alcohol is sold, are currently undergoing an independent review to ensure the qualifications are fit for purpose and add value to businesses.

Scottish Government has contracted skills and quality assurance expert, People 1st International, to undertake the review, which is currently underway.

Operators, training providers, awarding organisations and other stakeholders right the way across the licensed retail industry are being engaged to ensure the views of the industry are heard and incorporated into the revised standards. Ultimately, the aim is to transform them into simple, fit for purpose qualifications that provide individuals with a professional development standard – as well as meeting licensing legislation. 

Having already conducted phase one of the review process working with an industry steering group and gaining initial views via an online consultation, People 1st International then conducted a series of focus groups to discuss the detail of the qualification content with experienced operators.  People 1st International will also continue to work with trade bodies to gather the views of their members over the next couple of months.

A further online consultation will be launched in this August to gather the views of the wider industry. Your views are critical. Please get involved and have your say on the proposed content of the revised standard. Highfield will notify relevant centres when the consultation is live. 

People 1st International will be submitting the revised standard to the Regulator, SQA Accreditation for approval in October 2019 and the new qualifications are planned to be available in May 2020.

Why social care training is the key to future success

Elderly lady with her carer.

As the sector faces greater challenges, social care training may prove to be the key to success. 

With an ageing population, dwindling budgets and increased demands, we look at why social care training may be the key to future success. 

Social care is one of the UK’s biggest sectors for employment, with over 1.6 million workers. And it’s expected to increase further as the number of people living longer – as well as those with learning disabilities, mental health conditions and long-term health issues – also grows.

In fact, it’s estimated that by 2025 the number of people working in the social care sector could be as high as 3.1 million.

With that increase is likely to come ever more scrutiny from the government, the media, regulatory bodies and end-users, particularly in terms of the quality of care provided and value for money.

Therefore, it’s likely there will be rising expectations of what the sector can provide and how it provides it. And one of the biggest expectations will be in the quality of staff, especially in terms of their knowledge and skills.

So how do you prepare for this, particularly if you are in the independent sector and do not have access to same resources that the NHS has?

The benefits of training in social care
Perhaps the best way to prepare to the forthcoming changes to the social care sector is through training.

With Highfield, there are several ways you can do this, from our large range of qualifications to our resources and e-learning to support those taking the Care Certificate.

But what are the benefits to your organisation? And how can training ensure you offer a service that end-users and their families trust.

Quality and range of care
Perhaps the most obvious but fundamental benefit is improving the quality of care your organisation can provide. Training improves overall knowledge and skills, and with it the standard – and safety – of care that can be offered. Training can also give staff the confidence that they are carrying out their duties competently and responsibly, improving their overall development and experience.

What’s more, with training you’ll be able to broaden the provision you offer in order to meet the changing demands from end-users.

Compliance
There is already a raft of legislation around social care provision, and growing demand for services is likely to increase the demand for more oversight by the government and its agencies. Indeed, we have seen in recently years that the response to failings in the social care sector has been to change the regulatory and oversight framework. Beyond that, there are things like CQC ratings for care homes, which determine the standard of care provided and carry out inspections. Training can make sure that you and your team are compliant with the rules as they currently exist, and are prepared for any future changes.

Staff retention and recruitment
Staff turnover in the social care sector is high – in fact, it’s over 30 percent. And yet over two thirds of recruitment is from within the sector. Do you know what means? It means that most social care employees are leaving their employers for other organisations and businesses in the sector.

Numerous studies over the years have shown how employees who are provided with training and development opportunities are more likely to feel valued by their employer and thus less likely to leave. Of course, some employers worry that training their staff could prompt them to leave, but this is rarely the case, and most employees who are given the chance to develop their career tend to stay with their current employer. All of which reduces your recruitment costs in terms of time and money, and makes your business and organisation a more attractive proposition to talented individuals looking to join you, especially younger workers.

Staff performance
As well as improving retention rates, training can improve overall performance – not just in specific role related areas. Countless studies have shown that staff training reduces the number of accidents and incidents and lowers the rate of absenteeism and sick leave while improving overall performance, willingness to take on new challenges and roles and team productivity.

Why choose Highfield?
Highfield is one the leaders in the health and social care sector for learning and development. Our exam board, Highfield Qualifications, is one of the top three in the UK, while we also provide a range of supporting resources through Highfield Products and Highfield e-learning. Our experience in the health and social care sector has led us to be the first choice for many of the biggest names in the industry, as well as a number of NHS trusts, and we were chosen to develop the Care Certificate handbook on behalf of the Partnership of Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health.

And in terms of customer service, we promise to answer all calls within three rings and respond to emails within one working day!

Next steps
It’s possible that you know you need to take your organisation and your team to the next level, but are not quite sure what’s right for you. That’s perfectly fine, and one of our experienced team members who would be happy to talk with you to understand your organisation’s needs and aspirations without the ‘hard sell’ or any obligation on your part. We prefer to get to know the businesses we work with well, and pride ourselves on listening and responding to them.

So get in touch with us know. Email us at info@highfield.co.uk or call us on 01302 363277/0845 2260350.

In the meantime, check out the range of qualifications we offer. 

You can also view our supporting resources and e-learning.