Changes to food safety qualifications

Buffet In The Restaurant by lemonadeA number of changes have been made to our food safety training qualifications to make them more responsive to learners’ needs.

As a result, HABC has issued new multiple-choice examination papers. Centres can continue to use existing papers they are holding until 30 November 2014. After this date, the following papers will become void:

  • FSC1001
  • FSC1002
  • FSC1003
  • FSC1004
  • FSC1005
  • FSC1006
  • FSC1007
  • FSC1008
  • FSC1009
  • FSC1010
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  • FSM1001
  • FSM1002
  • FSM1003
  • FSM1004
  • FSR1001
  • FSR1002
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  • FSCA102
  • FSCA103
  • FSCA104
  • FSCA105
  • FSCA106
  • FSCA107
  • FSCA108

Please note that HABC will not accept the examination paper codes listed above for any courses run after 30 November 2014.

If you are a HABC Approved Centre, please contact your account manager for more details.

Working with children? Then our qualifications are changing

working with childrenA number of changes have been introduced to the qualifications HABC offers to those working with children.

The HABC Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF) has had its two paediatric first aid units removed from the mandatory unit group, whilst the HABC Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF) has had the early learning and childcare pathway removed from its structure. Both these changes took effect from 1 September 2014.

Meanwhile, there is a completely new HABC Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) and HABC Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (QCF) to replace the current Level 2 qualifications, with effect from 31 August 2014.

If you are a HABC Approved Centre, please contact your account manager for more details.  If you are not but would be interested in offering these qualifications through HABC, please call us on 01302 263277 or email

Are you using coursefinder Plus yet?

CourseFinder PlusDid you know that HABC offers a completely FREE service that lets prospective learners and clients find your courses?

If you’re a HABC Approved Centre, you have exclusive access to coursefinder Plus, our leading online resource for sourcing courses and qualifications across the UK.

That means you can upload all the details of your courses and put them online for the world to see. Everything from location, cost, date, time, benefits, outcomes, lunch, refreshments, awards – in fact, anything and everything that potential learners need to know – and then have them find you through our handy search function.

And with thousands of potential learners searching for courses each month, it all adds up to a quick and easy way to make sure your Centre is amongst the first in line for their business.

To use coursefinderPlus, just go to ‘Post Courses’ in the ‘Learner Management’ section of the member’s area on the HABC website. Ensure you select your courses as a ‘public course’ and then just add your details. Of if you need a little help, just contact your account manager.

Highfield consultant appointed to HSE small business board

Highfield consultantHighfield consultant health and safety expert Wendy Nixon has been appointed to the one of the key positions in the whole sector – as a board member of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Small Business Trade Association Forum (SBTAF).

Wendy will be representing small and medium enterprises at both the board and forum meetings, using her position to highlight some of the concerns and issues of business that work with Highfield.

Wendy will also be advising Highfield on forthcoming changes in legislation and HSE initiatives so that it can better inform the businesses it works with.

The SBTAF, which is chaired by Frances Outram, one of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) board’s non-executive members, meets twice a year.

If you are a Highfield customer and have an issue you believe needs addressing by the HSE, please contact Wendy directly on

Doncaster launches BBN 2015

Doncaster’s Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) launched its Best Bar None (BBN) initiative for 2015 this September with a special event for local licensees.

best bar noneHeld at the Doncaster Mansion House on 2 September 2014 – and with HABC staff in attendance – the event featured speakers including Deputy Mayor of Doncaster Glyn Jones, Sgt Steve Butler of South Yorkshire Police and Paul Williams, DMBC’s Business Safety and Licensing Manager amongst others.

The scheme aims to help local licensees make Doncaster a safe and friendly destination at night, and has resulted in a significant decline in alcohol-related crime in the borough since it launched in 2006. Part of that success has been through the training of over 600 licensees and staff by BBN, with support from HABC in the form of qualifications and learning materials.

For more information on Doncaster BBN, click here.

Dundee launches STAR Awards

STAR Awards DundeeDundee City Council has launched a brand new initiative to help promote responsible drinking and customer care in the city’s pubs, clubs and bars, with training support from Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC).

The STAR Awards Dundee celebrates the best licensed establishments, recognising their commitment to safety, responsible drinking and customer care.

Operated by DUNCAN (the Dundee Co-Ordinated Anti-Crime Network), the new award stands for safety, training, awareness and responsibility, and replaces previous recognition programmes.

The initiative, which will offer licence holders cost effective and regulated training, is being made available with the support of both HABC and Scottish licensing guru Janet Hood.

STAR Awards Dundee is the first such scheme in Scotland to become a HABC Approved Centre in its own right, joining other similar initiatives in other towns and cities across the British Isles including Barnsley, Doncaster, Norwich, Sheffield and Wigan in being able to offer HABC qualifications directly and very competitively.

Mike Wroe, HABC Director, said, ‘This is a formidable partnership between STAR Awards Dundee, the Janet Hood Consultancy and HABC, and we’re delighted that STAR Awards Dundee has become one of our Centres and will be able to deliver our SCPLH and Refresher qualifications. It’s to their enormous credit that they came through the approval process with flying colours, and the fact that their members have won seven of the 12 awards available in the national version of similar schemes in Scotland over the last three years speaks volumes’.


Youth Employment UK

This summer we were delighted to be awarded the coveted Gold Award from Youth Employment UK (YEUK), which was set up to fight youth unemployment and underemployment.

The award means that HABC meets all the criteria for a Youth Friendly organisation, having signed up to YEUK’s Positive Youth Charter and committing itself to promoting opportunities for young people and a youth-positive engagement programme.

As the leading campaign and membership organisation dedicated to tackling youth unemployment, YEUK celebrates and recognises businesses that make a commitment to young people and is supported by some of the best known names in British industry such as Santander and Tesco.

And as a member, HABC will be doing all it can to help address youth unemployment and spread the word amongst the organisations we work with.

To find out more and to see how your organisation can get involved, click here.

Raising money for VICTA

As many of you will know, Highfield’s chosen charity is VICTA – Visually Impaired Children Taking Action.

And we’ve been holding a number of events over the last few months to raise money to help them.

This fantastic charity works to provide equipment, services and events that help blind and visually impaired children and young people develop socially, emotionally and educationally, as well as offering their parents a vital network of support and information.

So far, we’ve raised thousands of pounds through a number of events, including a company fun run, fancy dress days and cake and bakes.

Running the London Marathon
In April, three of our staff took put themselves through the ultimate challenge – running the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Managing Director Chris Sprenger, Business Development Director Ben Cressey and Corporate Business Development Manager completed the gruelling 26 miles (and 385 yards!) course successfully, raising thousands for VICTA.

You can watch the video here:

Ice Bucket Challenge
Not ones to be left out, some of our staff took part in the now famous (or should that be infamous?) Ice Bucket Challenge, with donations going to both VICTA and the ALS Association. Participants included Managing Director Chris Sprenger and International Director Becky Sprenger. Award for loudest scream goes to Corporate Account Manager Rachel Hanson…

Watch here:

Family Weekend
For us, it’s not just about raising money. We’ve even helped VICTA arrange days out for children at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, and participated in one of its family days at Boreatton Park (August 2014).

The VICTA family days bring together blind and partially sighted children, their siblings and parents, providing them with a great opportunity to meet other families and to take part in workshops, access outdoor activities and generally have fun.

And two of our staff, John Morley and Mike Stark, won best dressed volunteers at the Seaside Themed Party with their seagull costumes.

You can see the video here:

For more on VICTA and to get involved in the work they do, click here.

HABC receives ISO9001 recognition

At HABC, we pride ourselves on doing things the right way.

And now we have further official confirmation we are doing just that – after we received our ISO9001 certificate!

ISO9001 is a globally-recognised quality mark that is part of a wider series of quality standards (ISO9000). Developed and published by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), the standard set out what organisations must do in order to implement superior Quality Management Systems, and recognises those already doing this.

HABC received its ISO 9001:2008 certificate for the ‘creation, development, implementation and management of all qualifications and associated materials’ this August (2014) from the British Standards Institution (BSI), one of the most trusted third-party organisations which independently certifies businesses in the UK.

Steve Hargreaves, Head of Qualification Development at HABC, said, ‘This is great recognition for HABC, which on a daily basis puts so much hard work into ensuring quality is at the forefront of everything we do. This recognition is testament to all that hard work and as such provides our customers with confidence in the quality work that we do’.

For more information on ISO9001, click here.

HABC National Conference – Spotlight on Staples and Pendle Leisure Trust

With just weeks now until the HABC National Conference in Manchester on 13 November 2014, we asked Robin Clayton, UK Health and Safety Manager at Staples, and Karen Bracewell, Training Manager at Pendle Leisure Trust, to explain more about why both their organisations are getting involved.

Spotlight on Staples

Spotlight on Pendle Leisure Trust