Highfield International Update

Highfield International – New Office
It’s not just our UK business that is gearing up for big changes. Our international office, based in Dubai, is also expanding.

Highfield International is, due to planned expansion, moving into a larger office in Healthcare City, Dubai.

The move will allow us to increase our activity across the Middle East and Asia as we grow our international team. Which brings us neatly on to…

Expansion into South East Asia
We’ve recently appointed a new International Development Manager, Rob Kindness, who will be working with centres based in South East Asia.

Rob is passionate about improving standards of qualifications and training in the region and is particularly focused on the role that Highfield’s TVET qualifications can make across South East Asia.

His remit will also see him work with our centres in the UK who deliver training across Asia.

Rob joins us with a wealth of experience working with awarding organisations. Not only is he an experienced business development professional, but he brings a host of experience leading and developing accreditation services and programmes.

New international qualifications – for delivery overseas
We live in an increasingly connected world, and we know that many of our centres are working not only within the UK but are increasingly delivering training overseas.

That’s testament to the quality of your tutors and trainers, and the quality and demand for UK qualifications.

However, we also know that RQF qualifications are very much set-up for the UK marketplace – the inclusion of UK systems, legislation and enforcement – can make teaching the qualification abroad more difficult than it needs to be.

Which is why we also offer a range of international qualifications that are designed specifically for overseas delivery.

These qualifications, which are regarded as unregulated provision, are designed to the exacting standards you’d expect of an award-winning UK awarding organisation, but offer a level of flexibility in delivery that can account for local regulations, enforcement and systems.

Often the only difference, between our regulated and international qualifications, is the removal of UK specific legislation, systems and enforcement.

In the last few months we have introduced three new international qualifications:

  • Highfield Level 2 International Award in Nutrition and Health
  • Highfield Level 2 International Diploma in Patisserie
  • Highfield Level 4 International Award in Managing Food Safety for Catering

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’.  

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