Highfield staff set the pace for blind charity

The team put themselves through the paces as they completed a 10k run around Lakeside on Sunday 9 March 2014 to raise money for VICTA, which supports blind and partially sighted people under the age of 29.

And for three of the runners it was a dry run for an even greater challenge as they will be competing in the London Marathon on 13 April to raise even more money for the charity.

Chris Sprenger, Highfield Group Managing Director, said,

‘It was a great effort by all the team and I am really pleased that we were able to raise more money on the day, which goes towards the £2000 we have already raised so far. The money will go towards helping VICTA in its work 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. Myself, Ben Cressey (Director of Apprenticeships and Work-Based Learning) and Diana Hill (Corporate Business Development Manager) will be running the London Marathon next month, and with £2000 already raised, we’re on track to reach our target of £3750’.

The event, which saw 43 members of staff running on the day, also included a barbeque afterwards for friends and family to raise further funds for the charity.

To contribute to the charity, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ and search for ‘VICTA’.

On the road with #NAW 2014

And so we’re back in the office after a long and busy week supporting National Apprenticeship Week 2014, with five roadshows across England taking in London, Dudley, Doncaster, Manchester and Newcastle.

It’s been a successful week, and we think we’ve helped a few businesses make the leap and decide to get involved in apprenticeships. We were particularly impressed by how involved many of the people we spoke to already were in helping young people and learners, and we certainly took our fair share of questions. We’ll pull together the best ones and post them on here for everyone to have a look at.

Our next apprenticeship event is at our National Conference at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester on 13 November. We hope to see you there, but in the meantime, here’s some pics from last week’s events.

HABC’s apprenticeship challenge for England’s employers and educators

England employers

England employers and educators are being challenged to get involved in apprenticeships this March as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of work-based learning.

Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) will be showing employers and educators across the country how great businesses are made by apprentices at five free events around England as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2014 (3 March to 7 March).

The events and locations are:

  • London – 3 March
  •  Dudley – 4 March
  • Doncaster – 5 March
  • Manchester – 6 March
  • Newcastle – 7 March

 And the awarding organisation – which is one of the UK’s top ten educational bodies – will be demonstrating how apprenticeships can help businesses reduce recruitment costs, retain staff and improve performance whilst showing a commitment to the local community and young people.

Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive, said, ‘We’ll be challenging employers and educators across England to get involved in apprenticeships, and inviting them along to find out more.  We’ll show how by putting apprenticeships and learners at the centre of everything you do, you can improve the bottom line of your business whilst giving young people genuine career opportunities. 

Apprenticeships give young people the chance to learn a trade whilst earning money and working towards a recognised qualification.  They also give employers the chance to mould and develop the future workforce in a way that meets the needs of their business.’

Sue Renny, Apprenticeship Programme Manager at AS Watson UK – parent company of Superdrug and Savers – said, ‘We have been delivering apprenticeships for more than six years now.  The focus for us is our 16-18 school leaver programme, where we offer young people an opportunity to take the first step into the world of work whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification, in this case a retail skills level 2 apprenticeship.

Our success rates have been fantastic and we have been able to offer almost 75% of our apprentices a permanent role on completion of their qualification – more than 30% of these being offered supervisory roles.’ 

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