20 years of Highfield e-learning

Anniversary cakes with candlesOver the past few months we’ve been celebrating 20 years of Highfield e-learning, and we’ve had more than a few highlights over the years. 

Not only have we worked with some of the biggest and best-known brands on the planet, we’ve had plenty of award success too, taking multiple titles at the prestigious Learning Technologies Awards, the biggest education technology awards in Europe and open to some of the world’s most famous digital names.

We’ve also recently helped develop the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) e-learning in partnership with the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) and Marks & Spencer. To date, hundreds of thousands of individuals and thousands of businesses have used the free-to-access e-learning, making it officially the most successful counter-terrorism programme for businesses ever rolled out in the UK. And now it’s going global, with international versions in development.

We could go on and on about our successes, but perhaps our customers can say it better than we can.

So here’s the team at Elior, one of our oldest customers, wishing Highfield e-learning happy birthday and explaining why they’ve worked with us for so long. 

To find out more on how Highfield e-learning can help your business, go to www.highfieldelearning.com

How much difference can e-learning make?

Birthday cake celebrating 20 years of Highfield e-learningHow much of a  difference can e-learning make? It’s a question we’re often asked. So how about we show you?

Since  Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Awareness e-learning was launched, it has gone from strength to strength, with hundreds of thousands of individual modules completed.

We worked in partnership with Marks & Spencer on behalf of NaCTSO to create this online course that is FREE for qualifying businesses.

Originally designed for industries such as retail, entertainment and hospitality in mind, the course is interactive and can be tailored to suit a business’s needs. Those who complete it achieve a nationally accredited commendation.

‘It is 45 minutes that could potentially save your life.’

Talking about the e-learning, Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth commented, ‘It is so important that as many people as possible arm themselves with this crucial advice – it is 45 minutes that could potentially save your life.’

The ACT Awareness e-learning is one high-profile example of how suitable online training can potentially make such a difference.

However, all of our e-learning courses have the potential to make a real difference.

An award-winning, bespoke e-learning solution we created for Marks & Spencer had quantifiable results including:   

  • reduction in costs through minimising interruptions to trading
  • 1:1,000 return on investment
  • significant increase in reporting compliance
  • reduction in total training time of 2 years

The Learning Technologies Award judges commented on the course and the impressive outcomes for M&S and that it was, ‘A genuinely innovative approach to several compliance issues facing staff. The strategy and media, including for the teaser campaigns, made this a winner!’ 

But it’s not just bespoke packages that have the potential to make a real difference.

Meeting legal requirements
In the UK it is a legal requirement for food handlers to undergo appropriate training. This means that food businesses must ensure their staff are appropriately trained to a level commensurate with their role and responsibilities.

Historically this has meant sending staff on a training course at an external training provider or, for larger companies, paying staff to attend internal training. This has meant, in addition to the cost of training, the business has incurred additional costs such as ensuring appropriate shift cover.

Our online food safety courses, available from level 1 to level 3, meet all legislative requirements for food safety training. They are self-paced and can be completed in less time than the equivalent face-to-face training.

Online allergen training
Allergens are high on the agenda for most food businesses. High-profile incidents and reports involving high-street brands are never far from the news, and a high-profile court case involving a takeaway in Manchester made the front pages of national newspapers and news sites across the world.

Our online allergen training course ‘Introduction to Allergens’ is endorsed by Allergy UK, and meets the requirements of the Allergy Aware Scheme.

The knowledge this course covers has the potential, quite literally, to save lives.

Related to allergens and allergic reactions our Anaphylaxis and Autoinjector Short Course is another course with a real-world application that can save lives. It’s a piece of learning we hope you never need to call on, but the growing prevalence of allergies can mean that you need to know how to respond in the event of an allergic reaction.

So, what difference can online training make to my business?
There are a huge number of factors that mean e-learning makes a meaningful difference. Whether you are looking on behalf of a business, a school or college, a private training provider or as an individual there are multiple benefits to utilising our online courses.

The difference e-learning can make includes:

  • reduction in lost man hours – Highfield e-learning is accessible online and is self-paced. Once you have purchased a licence the learner can access the course for 12 months. Meaning the course can be completed in lulls in workload or in short bursts.
  • reduced costs – staff training can be expensive. It is an expense that must often be justified. By using appropriate online training courses businesses can reduce the cost of training staff members by removing the costs of a tutor.
  • improved safety – our online training courses can improve levels of competency through knowledge. The real-world scenario-based tasks within our courses reinforce the correct action to take.
  • significant time-saving – compared with classroom-based learning methods there is the potential to save significant time through the effective utilisation of e-learning courses. Marks & Spencer saved 2 years in training time compared to its previous face-to-face training delivery method when it switched its duty manager training to online courses.
  • comprehensive reporting – when you use Highfield e-learning you will be given access to our Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS offers comprehensive, fully transparent, reporting on learners’ progress, success rates and more.
  • tailored content, and bespoke and customised courses – online courses can be created with content, messaging, learning outcomes and assessment criteria specific to your business’s needs. Which means that your employees feel like they are taking training relevant to their job.

 Find out more
If you’re interested in exploring how e-learning can make a difference to your business, please contact us. Our team will talk through your current training, and identify how e-learning can help you.

Celebrating 20 years of Highfield e-learning

This week we’re celebrating 20 years of Highfield e-learning! And the team at Elior have sent us this lovely message to help with the celebrations.

We provide a huge range of courses for the team at Elior, one of the countries largest contract catering organisations, and have worked with them for many years.

So that you Elior! We’re looking forward to another 20 years!

To find out more, go to www.highfieldelearning.com

New developments for e-learning and e-assessment

Over the past few months we’ve been taking on board your comments about our e-learning. While our full courses remain popular, it’s clear that many of you would like a wider range of short courses to choose from.

To that end, our e-learning team have been working on short food safety and health and safety courses as the first part of this process. We’ve also had plenty of demand for our asbestos and environmental courses, so have adjusted our priorities and will be making these available from August 2019.

You can take a look at all our courses here: https://www.highfieldelearning.com/courses

We’ve also made significant updates to Highfield Works, our e-assessment system. We’ve added a mocks system and removed the mandatory tutorial, both in response to customer feedback. We’ve also added many new question types, and included an auto release option for faster certification.

You can find out more on our e-assessment system here https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/e-assessment

As always, if you have any feedback on any of the above or any suggestions, please contact your account manager.

20 years of Highfield e-learning

This September we’ll be celebrating 20 years of e-learning success with Highfield e-learning!

One of the earliest e-learning companies in the business, Highfield e-learning has gone from strength to strength since its humble beginnings in 1998 to the award-winning company it is today, with a history of successful projects that have delivered real results to our ever growing number of customers.

We’ll have a whole range of special offers and deals throughout September to mark the occasion, and a series of helpful articles and posts to show you how successful training providers are increasingly integrating online courses to their training mix. 

New and improved food safety level 2 e-learning course

Highfield E-learning Interactive exercise exampleEveryone knows we’re passionate about food safety, that’s why Highfield Qualifications are the UK market-leader when it comes to regulated qualifications.

But our commitment to food safety goes beyond the certificate on the wall. We want genuinely competent food handlers in the workplace.

We know that learners, and businesses, increasingly want to spend less time in the classroom. If training is needed it must meet the changing needs of both learners and employers. Online food safety training is becoming an increasingly popular option.  

That’s why we’ve updated our food safety level 2 course.

The changes

The course retains the same great content, written by food safety expert Richard Sprenger, and meets all legal requirements for training food handlers.

We’ve modernised the look of the course, we’ve responded to customer feedback and have made changes to the course layout, added new images and generally brought the course up to date.

We’ve improved the various activities visually, but most importantly, they now feature improved functionality.

The course now uses the latest e-learning development technologies, this ensures learners enjoy a seamless and robust learning experience.  

These changes ultimately mean that this online food safety course is now even more engaging with increased interactivity and reliability.

It is accredited by Highfield Qualifications and is CPD certification service accredited.

Try it for free

If you’d like to try a free demo of this course visit here. Select ‘Try our Courses’ from the left-hand side and you will be prompted to enter your details. You can then access a demo version of this course.

If you’d like to purchase this course click here, or call 01302 363 277/0845 226 0350.

Technical information:

Highfield’s food safety level 2 e-learning course has been developed using the latest version of Lectora. This means improved reliability with the latest web browsers.

The course can now be provided in a range of different formats that integrate with business own LMS. Formats include SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004 and xAPI.

Counter-terrorism learning features on BBC News

‘I thought I was going to die’

Nothing makes us prouder than seeing the difference a product we’ve worked on can have in the real world.

The ACT Awareness e-learning we developed in partnership with M&S on behalf of NaCTSO has been featured in a clip BBC News about two women who survived terror attacks in London.

We really hope that you never need to use what you learn from this course, but it’s always good to be a prepared.

As Counter Terrorism Policing’s National Coordinator for Protect and Prepare, Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth says, ‘It is so important that as many people as possible arm themselves with this crucial advice – it is 45 minutes that could potentially save your life’.

ACT Awareness e-learning is a FREE course for businesses, find out more and request access here  http://bit.ly/2PEjo5d

Success for ACT online learning at BCI Awards

We’re immensely proud to have been involved in the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) online learning development alongside Marks & Spencer on behalf of NaCTSO.

And we’re delighted that the ACT online learning took the Continuity and Resilience Innovation 2019 award at the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Awards last week.

Congrats to all involved!

So far, a quarter of a million people have completed the ACT online learning, which is completely FREE.

So, if you’d like to join them, go to https://bit.ly/2HSVNKG to find out more.

 

Support your apprentices with our award-winning e-learning

Highfield e-learning produce some of the best e-learning in the country – we’re award-winning!

As well as our bespoke and customised courses we also offer a range of Short Courses that are perfect for the on-programme phase of an apprenticeship.

Short Courses are designed to be completed within 30 minutes, they can be worked through on almost any device (we don’t support the use of mobile phones) with an internet connection, and you get a Highfield branded certificate of completion (important for evidencing your achievement, and off-the-job training!)

With a choice of 13 Short Courses we can cover a range of topics from enhancing soft skills such as teamwork, communication, self-awareness and personal development to areas of specialist knowledge such a bribery, fraud, and money laundering we can offer courses that suit the needs of your apprentice.

We’ve also launched a range of NEW Short Courses recently including:

Stress Management 
Display Screen Equipment 
Anaphylaxis and Autoinjectors

For more information, take a look at our website at www.highfieldelearning.com 

 

Could e-learning be the answer to your training woes? 

E-learning is the nemesis of tutors and trainers everywhere. At least, in the eyes of some trainers who see e-learning as a ‘rival’ to their day-to-day business. 

It takes learners away from the sanctuary of the classroom and the knowledge and experience of a trainer, who may have decades of real-life, hands-on experience within a subject area. An e-learning course can’t be a match for that experience, it can’t share the passion of the trainer. And without passion, and engagement, what use is e-learning?  

Of course, to a degree, that is true. Not the sort of acknowledgment you may expect from an award-winning provider of e-learning. An e-learning programme can not share the anecdotes of an experienced trainer with years of on-the-job experience. It can’t be funny, charming and oozing charisma.  But, it can be a useful tool in the training mix and offer benefits that perhaps you weren’t expecting…

Why should I offer e-learning?

Supporting safer workplaces
As a minimum a good e-learning course can be a useful tool for staff training. Ideal as part of a training programme, a staff induction scheme, or to provide knowledge leading to a full qualification, e-learning can help make your workplace safer.

Highfield offer a range of e-learning courses spanning subjects as diverse as communication and team working, to first aid, manual handling and fire safety.

Flexibility
Whether you’re a trainer, an employer/business or a learner e-learning is flexible to meet your needs. Highfield e-learning courses are accessible anytime, anywhere. If you have access to an internet connection, you can sit Highfield e-learning.

With no constraints in terms of classroom-based training, businesses can ensure that departments are always appropriately staffed, that training can take place at a time and place to suit their needs. Classroom sessions can be disruptive to the natural ebb and flow of a business. E-learning allows learners to take training at a pace that fits around their day to day workload.

Cost-effective
Save on expensive room hire, taking staff from their day to day tasks or having to turn down income as you don’t have a viable size class to deliver training.  Highfield e-learning courses are approved programmes and can contribute to the guided learning hours of a recognised qualification. Learners who wish to gain a corresponding qualification can sit the assessment at any Highfield training centre at a time and place to suit them.

For a complete digital solution you could utilise Highfield Works, our e-assessment platform saving you time, reducing paperwork and available at a time to suit you.

Time-saving
If your learners are utilising e-learning, particularly as independent study, it can free up your time. You won’t need to be stuck in a classroom and allowing you to spend time on growing your business, or indeed spending time with friends and family.

Additional Income
We offer reseller agreements for training providers and businesses who may wish to utilise high volumes of our e-learning. We provide the course at a discount price, and you can then sell the course to your customers. We can even support you and help you sell e-learning on your website.

Next Steps
If you’d like more information about how e-learning can work as part of your training mix contact us today call 0845 226 0350/01302 363 277, visit www.highfieldelearning.com or email info@highfieldelearning.com.