We’ve changed the way we schedule end-point assessments

To help you better prepare your apprentices, we’ve recently changed the way we schedule end-point assessments (EPA).

The changes were rolled out on 1 September 2019, and now, instead of us contacting you to book an assessment, we’ll ask that you contact us once you and your apprentices have completed your Gateway meetings. 

We know from speaking to the businesses and providers we work with on EPA that many of you discuss plans and preparations with your apprentices at Gateway, meaning details of assessment arrangements are better received after this point.

We also know from our own experience of having booked in thousands of EPAs, that this approach leads to fewer cancellations and changes, resulting in less disruption for all concerned, especially the apprentices. 

And so far, the new process has been a great success. Here’s what you need to do:

Though we’ve made these changes, we appreciate one size doesn’t fit all and are committed to offering flexibility in our services. So if you’d prefer your apprentices continue to be scheduled as they have been or by following an alternative process, please get in to touch so we can discuss your individual needs.

If you have any questions about the information above, please contact your account manager, who will be happy to help.

For more on Highfield Assessment, go to www.highfieldassessment.com

Round-up of our recent EPA approvals

It’s not long now until Christmas and a brand new year (yes, we know….).

So as we begin the countdown to the end of 2019, here’s a summary of the latest of the 37 standards we’ve recently been approved to deliver end-point assessment (EPA) for:

Regulatory Compliance Officer:
https://www.highfieldassessment.com/apprenticeship-standards/business-administration-management/regulatory-compliance-officer

Pharmacy Services Assistant:
https://www.highfieldassessment.com/apprenticeship-standards/business-administration-management/regulatory-compliance-officer

Security First Line Manager:
https://www.highfieldassessment.com/apprenticeship-standards/protective-services/security-first-line-manager

Improvement Practitioner standard:
https://www.highfieldassessment.com/apprenticeship-standards/business-administration-management/improvement-practitioner

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 30 different apprenticeship standards.

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

  • assessment resources and guidance
  • engagement with external quality assurance organisations
  • training and standardisation for assessors to ensure fair, consistent and reliable assessments
  • our own dedicated employer engagement team
  • a simple scheduling process, with a scheduling team on hand to support you
  • a digital dashboard that tracks every point of a learner’s journey, allowing you to gather data, generate reports and action tasks
  • and most importantly, our understanding of both apprentice and employer requirements

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 us to deliver.

Find out more by dropping us a line at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling 01302 363277/0845 2260350.

Or go to www.highfieldassessment.com

Highfield Qualifications is recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and sits on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations. Our EPA services are delivered through our Highfield Assessment brand.

 

Further success for Highfield Assessment

People celebratingIt’s been a fantastic 2019 for Highfield Assessment, with the organisation consolidating its position as one of the leading end-point assessment organisations (EPAO) in the country.

Of course, it’s easy to sing your own praises. So we thought we’d let our figures, and more, importantly, our customers, speak for themselves.

To date, we have:

  • assessed over 4000 learners
  • been approved for 37 separate standards
  • contracted with 800 employers and 180 training providers

So how have we achieved such success? Here’s what our customers had to say:

‘Highfield provides a flexible and professional end-point assessment service that has been tailored to our needs. Their guidance and support helps to prepare our apprentices for their assessments, which is demonstrated in the incredible results they achieve.’
Howdens

‘We have worked with Highfield for a number of years and have had nothing but positive experiences. Highfield’s customer service is exceptional which has helped us build a positive relationship with them. Highlights for us are that their EPA process is flexible and accommodates the needs of the learner and the employer.’
Southampton Football Club

‘Providing high quality, compassionate healthcare is at the heart of everything we do at HCA Healthcare UK. Highfield deliver a consistent, high quality, EPA experience for our colleagues which makes them the perfect partner for our business.’
HCA Healthcare

To find out more about how we can help you with end-point assessment, go to www.highfieldassessment.com

We’ve improved our EPA offer even further

We already have one of the biggest and best offers for end-point assessment (EPA) in the apprenticeship sector.

But we’re not ones to sit on our laurels and think the job’s done.

So we’re delighted to have been approved to deliver EPA for TWO new apprenticeship standards, the Regulatory Compliance Officer standard and the Pharmacy Service Assistant standard.

That brings to 37 our grand total for standards we’re approved to deliver EPA for. And we’ve no doubt we’ll be hitting the big 4-0 very soon!

How do these roles fit within my business?
Regulatory compliance officers support compliance activities within a range of businesses and liaise with frontline regulators, providing monitoring and oversight of compliance activities in the wider supply chain to assure product and process quality and safety, as well as legality. In the public sector, they perform regulatory services functions within local authorities such as environmental health, fire safety, licensing or trading standards, as well as monitoring compliance teams within national regulators.

Pharmacy services assistants provide a variety of pharmacy and medicine services to patients, the public and healthcare teams, and are involved in the supply, preparation and assembly of medicines and products. They are responsible for ordering and receiving medicines, as well as their storage, and work to standard operating procedures (SOPs).

You can find the full range of standards we cover here: https://www.highfieldassessment.com/apprenticeship-standards

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 30 different apprenticeship standards.

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

  • assessment resources and guidance
  • engagement with external quality assurance organisations
  • training and standardisation for assessors to ensure fair, consistent and reliable assessments
  • our own dedicated employer engagement team
  • a simple scheduling process, with a scheduling team on hand to support you
  • a digital dashboard that tracks every point of a learner’s journey, allowing you to gather data, generate reports and action tasks
  • and most importantly, our understanding of both apprentice and employer requirements

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 us to deliver.

Find out more by dropping us a line at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling 01302 363277/0845 2260350.

Or go to www.highfieldassessment.com

Highfield Qualifications is recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and sits on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations. Our EPA services are delivered through our Highfield Assessment brand.

We’re approved for the Improvement Practitioner standard

Highfield approved for Improvement Practitioner standardWe’re already one of the country’s leading providers of end-point assessment (EPA) services for one of the widest ranges of apprenticeship standards.

But it’s always good to add another string to our bow.

And now you can too,  as Highfield Assessment has been approved to deliver end-point assessment (EPA) for the Improvement Practitioner standard.

Improvement Practitioners lead smaller projects or play a key supporting role in a larger programme, tackling issues that may require swift problem solving, or re-occurring challenges that require in-depth analysis and the implementation of a range of effective and sustainable countermeasures.

The standard has been put together through the expertise and knowledge of some of the most successful businesses in the UK including BT Group, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, Wincanton Plc, Britvic and GlaxoSmithKline. 

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 improvement practitioner standard 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 30 different apprenticeship standards.

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

  • assessment resources and guidance
  • engagement with external quality assurance organisations
  • training and standardisation for assessors to ensure fair, consistent and reliable assessments
  • our own dedicated employer engagement team
  • a simple scheduling process, with a scheduling team on hand to support you
  • a digital dashboard that tracks every point of a learner’s journey, allowing you to gather data, generate reports and action tasks
  • and most importantly, our understanding of both apprentice AND employer requirements

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 us to deliver.

Find out more by dropping us a line at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling 01302 363277/0845 2260350.

Or go to www.highfieldassessment.com

Highfield Qualifications is recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and sits on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations. Our EPA services are delivered through our Highfield Assessment brand.
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Support for health and social care apprentices

Looking to support your health and social care apprentices? We have a solution for that…

We offer a Healthcare Support Worker Apprenti-kit specifically designed to support the on-programme delivery of the Level 2 Healthcare Support Worker Apprentice standards.

  • Track apprentices’ progress towards gateway and their readiness for end-point assessment (EPA)
  • Evidence required knowledge, skills and behaviours
  • Cover all the modules of the standard
  • Broken down into manageable chunks
  • Allows apprentices to work at their own pace
  • Available as hard-copy or digital (compatible with most e-portfolio systems)

For more information, go to https://www.highfieldassessment.com/apprenticeship-resources/health-science/healthcare-support-worker

Why trust Highfield with your security EPA?

In the security sector, trust is everything.

From trust in your employees to your customers’ trust in you, it’s the security sector’s most valuable asset.  

So, when it comes to end-point assessment, you need an organisation you can rely on.

Highfield Assessment is now approved to deliver end-point assessment (EPA) for the Security First Line Manager apprenticeship standard.

Why use Highfield Assessment?
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 security 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 30 different apprenticeship standards.

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

  • assessment resources and guidance
  • engagement with external quality assurance organisations
  • training and standardisation for assessors to ensure fair, consistent and reliable assessments
  • our own dedicated employer engagement team
  • a simple scheduling process, with a scheduling team on hand to support you
  • a digital dashboard that tracks every point of a learner’s journey, allowing you to gather data, generate reports and action tasks
  • and most importantly, our understanding of both apprentice AND employer requirements

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 us to deliver.

Find out more by dropping us a line at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling 01302 363277/0845 2260350.

Or go to www.highfieldassessment.com

Highfield Qualifications is recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and sits on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations. Our EPA services are delivered through our Highfield Assessment brand.

Highfield leads the way for EPA!

We’re proud of our end-point assessment (EPA) offer and we’re one of the leaders in the market when it comes to apprenticeship assessment.

After listening to customer requests for remote end-point assessments, we have responded by creating our digital EPA service. This allows us to provide even more flexibility in the arrangements for EPA.  To find out more please contact your employer engagement manager (EEM) who will be happy to help.

And it’s been a great year overall for Highfield in terms of EPA. To date, we’ve had over 2500 apprentices take their EPA with Highfield.  These EPAs have consisted of over 6300 individual assessments in an increasingly wider variety of job roles for some of the biggest names in British business.

And let’s not forget we’re now approved to deliver EPA for an incredible 33 different standards, with more being added all the time.

Finally, we know that EPA shouldn’t be a chore, but that sometimes it can be a little heavy on the paperwork, which is why we launched the Highfield EPA Dashboard. Click on this link to find out more : http://www.highfieldqualifications.net/keep-track-of-your-epa-with-our-new-digital-dashboard-2/

So to find out more on how we can support you with our national coverage and flexible approach to assessment and scheduling, visit our website, and discover why we increasingly lead the way for EPA.  

Further support for apprentices with our new on-programme qualifications

At Highfield, we’re always looking for better ways to help you support your apprentices.

Which is why we’ve developed further on-programme qualifications so that you can give your apprentices the best possible start on their apprenticeship journey.

Designed after thorough feedback and consultation with training providers and employers, the qualifications cover the knowledge, skills and behaviour from a range of the most popular apprenticeship standards.

What’s more, they offer a reliable method of preparing your apprentices for their end-point assessments.

The following three qualifications were launched on 1 June 2019:

And from 1 July 2019, we’ll also be offering:

Qualification withdrawal
With the introduction of new qualifications, that does of course mean the withdrawal of old ones.

The following qualifications will be withdrawn on either 31 August 2019 or 30 September 2019, after which point no new learners will be able to register for them.

Centres will then have two years from this date to claim certification. 

Qualification Number Qualification title Operational end date Certification end date
603/1344/4 Highfield Level 2 Diploma for Customer Service Practitioners (RQF) 31 August 2019 31 August 2021
603/1612/3 Highfield Level 2 Diploma in Working as a Commis Chef (RQF) 31 August 2019 31 August 2021
603/1628/7 Highfield Level 2 Diploma for Hospitality Team Members (RQF) 30 September 2019 30 September 2021
603/3016/8 Highfield Level 2 Diploma for Hospitality Supervisors (RQF) 30 September 2019 30 September 2021

What does this mean for you?
Centres will have until 31 August 2019 or 30 September 2019 to register any learners on to the current versions of the qualifications.

Any learners who originally began on the current qualifications may transfer their registration over to the new qualifications if they prefer. In this case, the portfolios of evidence they produce must meet all of the assessment criteria from the new qualification they transfer to.

There will be no change to assessor or centre approval requirements and this approval will be transferred over automatically. There will also be no change to the registration fees.

All our qualifications are backed by our track record for great customer service.

We answer all calls within three rings (by a human, not an automated message), respond to emails in 24 hours, and process and issue certificates within 7 days of receiving all relevant paperwork.

It’s no surprise then that we received the coveted Awarding Organisation of the Year 2018 title from the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB).

To find out more about our on-programme qualifications, click on the individual links above or speak to your line manager who will be happy to help.

You can also call us on 0845 226 0350 /01302 363277 or drop us a line at sales@highfield.co.uk

 

Keep track of your EPA with our new digital dashboard

We know end-point assessment shouldn’t be a chore, but the truth is that sometimes it can be a little heavy on the paperwork.

And it’s not always easy to keep track of things when you have a hundred other things (or learners) to take care of.

That’s why Highfield Assessment has launched the Highfield EPA Dashboard.

Our dashboard is a brand-new digital portal that allows you to track and monitor all learners’ EPA progress in one place.

Designed with simplicity in mind, the dashboard tracks every point of a learner’s journey and allows you to gather data, generate reports and action tasks.

Through the dashboard, you’ll be able to:

  • see how many learners you have registered with Highfield
  • monitor what stage they are at (on-programme, in EPA, completed)
  • generate reports on the grades and progress of each learner
  • look at where your learners are by region or even country
  • export learners’ data to spreadsheets for your own records and reporting systems
  • filter learners by standard, grade or status
  • create detailed individual reports on each learner
  • See learners’ results the moment they are available

And because the last thing you need is information overload, we’ve broken down everything into visual graphs and charts so you can see where you and your learners are at a glance.

So to get started, get in touch and we’ll guide you through the quick set-up process.

Call us on 0845 2260350 / 01302 363277 or email info@highfieldassessment.com