Continuation of flexibilities and discretions for EPA

You may remember when we contacted you in 2020 regards flexibilities and discretions put in place for the delivery of end-point assessment during the COVID-19 period.

Originally planned to last until the end of March 2021, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has confirmed that it is further extending apprenticeship flexibilities until at least the end of August 2021.

This will mean that no flexibilities will be withdrawn before the end of August 2021.

A full statement can be found on the Institute’s site here.

A list of apprenticeships with temporary discretions or flexibilities is available here.

Further guidance from The Department of Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency as per our previous communication is available here.

If you have any queries on any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact your account manager who will be happy to help.

We’re approved to deliver even more end-point assessment standards

We’re thrilled to report that not only was Highfield approved to deliver EPA for the Coaching Professional Apprenticeship Standard in January, but we have now also been approved to deliver EPA for the Supply Chain Practitioner (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) Apprenticeship Standard and the Trade Supplier Apprenticeship Standard.

Which brings the grand total of standards we’re approved to deliver end-point assessment for to 44!

How does the Supply chain practitioner (fast moving consumer goods) role fit within my business?
Typical duties of an apprentice working in this sector could include forecasting customer demand as a Junior Demand Planner, liaising with the factories schedule production as a Junior Supply Planner, processing orders as a Customer Service Operative and working with hauliers and distribution centres as an Assistant Transport Planner. They will have a comprehensive understanding of the entire supply chain and strive to deliver the best value for their business and customer.

Find an overview of the programme structure, assessment methods and more in the coming months on our website here.

How does the Trade supplier role fit within my business?
This apprenticeship is for individuals working within a trade supplier environment in areas such as electrical, plumbing, joinery and general building supplies. They will be familiar with processing customer orders (at the trade counter and over the telephone), taking delivery of goods and have technical knowledge of the products and services offered in their trade business while building relationships and providing a high-quality service that encourages repeat business.

Find an overview of the programme structure, assessment methods and more in the coming months on our website here.

Why choose Highfield for your EPA?
We’ve done the hard work, so you don’t have to.

As one of the leading authorities on EPA in the country, we can offer your business a full range of assessment services, support and advice to help you and your apprentices achieve your goals.

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

  • comprehensive assessment resources and guidance
  • engagement with external quality assurance organisations
  • training and standardisation for all assessors
  • a dedicated employer engagement team
  • a simple scheduling process with scheduling team on hand for support
  • the Vault – Highfield’s online, browser-based e-portfolio system that tracks every point of a learner’s journey, allows learners to access resources, store evidence, interact with their assigned tutor, plan their activities and view their progress

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 Highfield to deliver.

Find the full range of standards we cover on our website here

Email us to find out more or call our team today on 01302 363277.

We’ve been approved to deliver end-point assessment for Coaching Professional Apprenticeships

We’re proud to report that we’ve been approved to deliver EPA for the Coaching Professional Apprenticeship Standard. Which brings the grand total of standards we’re approved to deliver EPA for to 42!

How does this role fit within my business?
This apprenticeship is for those working with a wide range of individuals and teams across organisations, empowering and engaging with them to enhance their professional performance.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with coachees as their primary contact, bringing a fresh, independent perspective to support the individual, team or organisation with the development of its people.

Upon completion of this apprenticeship, successful apprentices will meet the requirements for registration as a Coaching Professional with one of the following professional bodies:

• The European Mentoring and Coaching Council
• The Association for Coaching
• The International Coach Federation

Find an overview of the programme structure, assessment methods and more in the coming months on our website here.

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 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 40 different apprenticeship standards.

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

• comprehensive assessment resources and guidance
• engagement with external quality assurance organisations
• training and standardisation for all assessors
• a dedicated employer engagement team
• a simple scheduling process with scheduling team on hand for support
• the VAULT – Highfield’s online, browser-based e-portfolio system that tracks every point of a learner’s journey, allows learners to access resources, store evidence, interact with their assigned tutor, plan their activities and view their progress.

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 Highfield to deliver.

Find the full range of standards we cover on our website here.

Email us to find out more or call our team today on 01302 363277.

End-Point Assessment Update Webinars

end-point assessment webinars

Earlier this year, the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education published updated assessment plans for the Operations or Departmental Manager standard and the Business Administrator standard.

Since then, Highfield has worked hard to prepare for the changes and will be able to start running end-point assessment on the new assessment plans from 1 February 2021.

To help our customers understand the updates, we’re holding two FREE webinars which will provide an overview of the new standards and highlight key changes to the assessments.

The webinars will also focus on the new end-point assessment support materials, on-programme resources and additional support we have available to our customers. As always, the Highfield team will be on-hand to answer all your questions live during the broadcast.

Level 5 Operations or Departmental Manager EPA update
Tuesday 2 February 2021
13:00 – 14:00

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Level 3 Business Administrator standard EPA update
Thursday 4 February 2021
13:00 – 14:00

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You’ll find more support webinars and CPD opportunities on our booking page here.

Why not check out our YouTube channel The Highfield Group to see recordings of our previous webinars and announcements?

Subscribe to the channel and switch on alerts to receive a notification when new videos are uploaded!

We’ve been approved to deliver end-point assessment for Hire Controller

We’re proud to report that we’ve been approved to deliver EPA for the Hire Controller (Plant, Tools and Equipment) standard. Which brings the grand total of standards we’re approved to deliver EPA for to 41!

How does this role fit within my business?
An effective Hire Controller is key to the success of any company working in the hire sector for specialist plant, tools, machinery or equipment and will be one of the main points of contact for your customers.

Find an overview of the programme structure, assessment methods and pricing on our website here

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 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 40 different apprenticeship standards.

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

  • comprehensive assessment resources and guidance
  • engagement with external quality assurance organisations
  • training and standardisation for all assessors
  • a dedicated employer engagement team
  • a simple scheduling process with scheduling team on hand for support
  • the VAULT – Highfield’s online, browser-based e-portfolio system that tracks every point of a learner’s journey, allows learners to access resources, store evidence, interact with their assigned tutor, plan their activities and view their progress. 

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 Highfield to deliver.

Find the full range of standards we cover on our website here

Email us to find out more or call our team today on 01302 363277.

Remote Invigilation for End Point Assessment Webinar

This webinar covers how remote invigilation works for end-point assessment.

Our distance test conditions enable everyone to adhere to government advice by sitting isolated examinations at home or in the workplace.

This webinar explains how you can:

enable home and work-based tests to be undertaken with a remote invigilator

conduct tests under Highfield’s normal exam conditions

access support from our employer engagement managers who will support you through the entire process

The information in this webinar was correct at the time of broadcast (3 April 2020).

For more on our webinars, go to https://centres.highfieldqualifications.com/Events/Default.aspx

End Point Assessment – Portfolio and Project Submissions

Want to know what it’s like working with Highfield for end-point assessment?

Watch the recording of Highfield’s End-Point Assessment – Portfolio and Project Submissions webinar which took place on Tuesday 31 March.

In this, the Highfield Assessment team dissect the myths around this area of EPA and provide guidance based on our own experiences of good and bad practice.

The webinar covered in detail areas around Portfolio and Project Submissions including: ·

  • a brief introduction to Highfield Assessment
  • guidance on portfolio and project submissions
  • using matrix documents
  • evidencing criteria
  • the provider’s involvement
  • best practice document sharing
  • lessons learned and myth-busting

Once again, the Highfield team were online to answer all audience questions live, on-air during the broadcast.

This FREE webinar took place on Tuesday 31 March 2020. The information provided was correct at the time of broadcast.

To see register for our future webinars, go to https://centres.highfieldqualifications.com/Events/Default.aspx

Updates from the Apprenticeship Service

The Apprenticeship Service regularly publishes a number of webinars and videos updates to help you understand more about apprenticeships and assessment.

For more on their webinars, go to www.gotostage.com/channel/apprenticeshipservicewebinars

Or to view to the support videos on their YouTube channel, go to https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMNvQX_aIOux3SdHgg3Iw8D8dPrVHbMY7

ESFA updates guidance on gateway and resits

The government has updated its guidance on the roles and responsibilities for apprenticeship gateway and resits for end-point assessment (EPA).

The guidance is relevant to employers, training providers, EPAOs and apprentices, and covers EPA, gateway, minimum requirements, resits and retakes, and costs.

To view the guidance, go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apprenticeship-gateway-and-resits-for-end-point-assessment-epa

New EQAO provider for care worker standards

If you work with the adult care worker and leader adult care worker standards, you may notice some minor changes to paperwork and admin.

As of end of 2019, external quality assurance for both standards is now being provided by the  National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR), replacing ACEQUAS.

While this change should not directly affect you, we thought it worthwhile to inform you in case you see some changes to branding and paperwork.