How much difference can e-learning make?

Birthday cake celebrating 20 years of Highfield e-learningHow much of a  difference can e-learning make? It’s a question we’re often asked. So how about we show you?

Since  Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Awareness e-learning was launched, it has gone from strength to strength, with hundreds of thousands of individual modules completed.

We worked in partnership with Marks & Spencer on behalf of NaCTSO to create this online course that is FREE for qualifying businesses.

Originally designed for industries such as retail, entertainment and hospitality in mind, the course is interactive and can be tailored to suit a business’s needs. Those who complete it achieve a nationally accredited commendation.

‘It is 45 minutes that could potentially save your life.’

Talking about the e-learning, Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth commented, ‘It is so important that as many people as possible arm themselves with this crucial advice – it is 45 minutes that could potentially save your life.’

The ACT Awareness e-learning is one high-profile example of how suitable online training can potentially make such a difference.

However, all of our e-learning courses have the potential to make a real difference.

An award-winning, bespoke e-learning solution we created for Marks & Spencer had quantifiable results including:   

  • reduction in costs through minimising interruptions to trading
  • 1:1,000 return on investment
  • significant increase in reporting compliance
  • reduction in total training time of 2 years

The Learning Technologies Award judges commented on the course and the impressive outcomes for M&S and that it was, ‘A genuinely innovative approach to several compliance issues facing staff. The strategy and media, including for the teaser campaigns, made this a winner!’ 

But it’s not just bespoke packages that have the potential to make a real difference.

Meeting legal requirements
In the UK it is a legal requirement for food handlers to undergo appropriate training. This means that food businesses must ensure their staff are appropriately trained to a level commensurate with their role and responsibilities.

Historically this has meant sending staff on a training course at an external training provider or, for larger companies, paying staff to attend internal training. This has meant, in addition to the cost of training, the business has incurred additional costs such as ensuring appropriate shift cover.

Our online food safety courses, available from level 1 to level 3, meet all legislative requirements for food safety training. They are self-paced and can be completed in less time than the equivalent face-to-face training.

Online allergen training
Allergens are high on the agenda for most food businesses. High-profile incidents and reports involving high-street brands are never far from the news, and a high-profile court case involving a takeaway in Manchester made the front pages of national newspapers and news sites across the world.

Our online allergen training course ‘Introduction to Allergens’ is endorsed by Allergy UK, and meets the requirements of the Allergy Aware Scheme.

The knowledge this course covers has the potential, quite literally, to save lives.

Related to allergens and allergic reactions our Anaphylaxis and Autoinjector Short Course is another course with a real-world application that can save lives. It’s a piece of learning we hope you never need to call on, but the growing prevalence of allergies can mean that you need to know how to respond in the event of an allergic reaction.

So, what difference can online training make to my business?
There are a huge number of factors that mean e-learning makes a meaningful difference. Whether you are looking on behalf of a business, a school or college, a private training provider or as an individual there are multiple benefits to utilising our online courses.

The difference e-learning can make includes:

  • reduction in lost man hours – Highfield e-learning is accessible online and is self-paced. Once you have purchased a licence the learner can access the course for 12 months. Meaning the course can be completed in lulls in workload or in short bursts.
  • reduced costs – staff training can be expensive. It is an expense that must often be justified. By using appropriate online training courses businesses can reduce the cost of training staff members by removing the costs of a tutor.
  • improved safety – our online training courses can improve levels of competency through knowledge. The real-world scenario-based tasks within our courses reinforce the correct action to take.
  • significant time-saving – compared with classroom-based learning methods there is the potential to save significant time through the effective utilisation of e-learning courses. Marks & Spencer saved 2 years in training time compared to its previous face-to-face training delivery method when it switched its duty manager training to online courses.
  • comprehensive reporting – when you use Highfield e-learning you will be given access to our Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS offers comprehensive, fully transparent, reporting on learners’ progress, success rates and more.
  • tailored content, and bespoke and customised courses – online courses can be created with content, messaging, learning outcomes and assessment criteria specific to your business’s needs. Which means that your employees feel like they are taking training relevant to their job.

 Find out more
If you’re interested in exploring how e-learning can make a difference to your business, please contact us. Our team will talk through your current training, and identify how e-learning can help you.

Celebrating 20 years of Highfield e-learning

This week we’re celebrating 20 years of Highfield e-learning! And the team at Elior have sent us this lovely message to help with the celebrations.

We provide a huge range of courses for the team at Elior, one of the countries largest contract catering organisations, and have worked with them for many years.

So that you Elior! We’re looking forward to another 20 years!

To find out more, go to www.highfieldelearning.com

Counter-terrorism learning features on BBC News

‘I thought I was going to die’

Nothing makes us prouder than seeing the difference a product we’ve worked on can have in the real world.

The ACT Awareness e-learning we developed in partnership with M&S on behalf of NaCTSO has been featured in a clip BBC News about two women who survived terror attacks in London.

We really hope that you never need to use what you learn from this course, but it’s always good to be a prepared.

As Counter Terrorism Policing’s National Coordinator for Protect and Prepare, Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth says, ‘It is so important that as many people as possible arm themselves with this crucial advice – it is 45 minutes that could potentially save your life’.

ACT Awareness e-learning is a FREE course for businesses, find out more and request access here  http://bit.ly/2PEjo5d

Do you work with health and social care apprentices? We can help

If you work with health and social care apprentices we can help you.

We’re approved to deliver end-point assessment for both the level 2 adult care worker and level 3 lead adult care worker apprenticeship standard.

We also separately offer a comprehensive range of support for the on-programme phase of both of these programmes. Our Skills for Care endorsed Care Certificate e-learning is an ideal way to demonstrate that your apprentices meet the expected knowledge, skills and behaviours of the 15 standards before they can pass gateway and undertake their end-point assessment.

Find out more about the course here > https://www.highfieldelearning.com/products/care-certificate

 

Could e-learning be the answer to your training woes? 

E-learning is the nemesis of tutors and trainers everywhere. At least, in the eyes of some trainers who see e-learning as a ‘rival’ to their day-to-day business. 

It takes learners away from the sanctuary of the classroom and the knowledge and experience of a trainer, who may have decades of real-life, hands-on experience within a subject area. An e-learning course can’t be a match for that experience, it can’t share the passion of the trainer. And without passion, and engagement, what use is e-learning?  

Of course, to a degree, that is true. Not the sort of acknowledgment you may expect from an award-winning provider of e-learning. An e-learning programme can not share the anecdotes of an experienced trainer with years of on-the-job experience. It can’t be funny, charming and oozing charisma.  But, it can be a useful tool in the training mix and offer benefits that perhaps you weren’t expecting…

Why should I offer e-learning?

Supporting safer workplaces
As a minimum a good e-learning course can be a useful tool for staff training. Ideal as part of a training programme, a staff induction scheme, or to provide knowledge leading to a full qualification, e-learning can help make your workplace safer.

Highfield offer a range of e-learning courses spanning subjects as diverse as communication and team working, to first aid, manual handling and fire safety.

Flexibility
Whether you’re a trainer, an employer/business or a learner e-learning is flexible to meet your needs. Highfield e-learning courses are accessible anytime, anywhere. If you have access to an internet connection, you can sit Highfield e-learning.

With no constraints in terms of classroom-based training, businesses can ensure that departments are always appropriately staffed, that training can take place at a time and place to suit their needs. Classroom sessions can be disruptive to the natural ebb and flow of a business. E-learning allows learners to take training at a pace that fits around their day to day workload.

Cost-effective
Save on expensive room hire, taking staff from their day to day tasks or having to turn down income as you don’t have a viable size class to deliver training.  Highfield e-learning courses are approved programmes and can contribute to the guided learning hours of a recognised qualification. Learners who wish to gain a corresponding qualification can sit the assessment at any Highfield training centre at a time and place to suit them.

For a complete digital solution you could utilise Highfield Works, our e-assessment platform saving you time, reducing paperwork and available at a time to suit you.

Time-saving
If your learners are utilising e-learning, particularly as independent study, it can free up your time. You won’t need to be stuck in a classroom and allowing you to spend time on growing your business, or indeed spending time with friends and family.

Additional Income
We offer reseller agreements for training providers and businesses who may wish to utilise high volumes of our e-learning. We provide the course at a discount price, and you can then sell the course to your customers. We can even support you and help you sell e-learning on your website.

Next Steps
If you’d like more information about how e-learning can work as part of your training mix contact us today call 0845 226 0350/01302 363 277, visit www.highfieldelearning.com or email info@highfieldelearning.com.

Highfield e-learning joins the eLearning Network

We’re delighted to announce that Highfield e-learning is now an official partner of the eLearning Network.

The eLearning Network (eLN) is a not-for-profit, Community Interest Company run by the e-learning community for the learning community. It’s the number one source for guidance on best practice and future trends in technology-based learning and development at work, with hundreds of members in the UK and beyond.

With the aim to inspire lifelong learning and advance knowledge, the eLearning Network aims to strengthen the learning technology community by providing opportunities for members to keep up to date with the latest advances in digital learning and to explore best practice.

All values we share too, and that have made Highfield e-learning the award-winning organisation it is today.

To find out more, go to https://elearningnetwork.org/

Highfield e-learning wins silver at the Learning Technologies Awards 2018

Highfield e-learning has won one of the major prizes at this year’s prestigious Learning Technologies Awards – the second year running it’s achieved one of the e-learning sector’s most sought-after accolades.

The organisation, which is part of the Highfield Group, won a silver medal in the ‘Excellence in the design of learning content – UK commercial sector’ category at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 21 November 2018 at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London.

The award adds to the business’s overall medal tally after it took a gold award in the ‘Best use of learning technologies to ensure compliance application’ in 2017, the first time it had ever entered the awards.

The Learning Technologies Awards is one of the biggest awards ceremonies in Europe, and open to some of the most famous digital names in the world. The judges were particularly impressed across the board by Highfield’s highly interactive, scenario-based training, which focuses on potential real-life situations, their consequences and how individuals can make a huge difference by acting quickly.

Highfield took the award for its duty manager e-learning course for Marks & Spencer, which has helped their business save millions of pounds through giving staff the knowledge to improve their operational performance and business continuity.

Chris Sprenger, Highfield MD, said, ‘This is a great achievement for Highfield e-learning and for our dedicated team. I’m extremely proud of the work we do with some of the biggest names in business, and the proven outcome and impact our e-learning delivers for them. I genuinely believe we have one of the best offers in terms of both off-the-shelf and bespoke e-learning, and it’s immensely satisfying to see that recognised.’

John Frost, Head of Business Continuity at Marks & Spencer, said, ‘Marks & Spencer takes great pride in being a ‘digital first’ retailer and the design of this course is a perfect example of how interactive technology has kept us at the forefront in our sector for dealing with any number of possible scenarios in-store in order to protect our customers, staff, buildings, stock and profits. The resultant retention of knowledge and the increase in confidence of our duty managers has been incredible.’

The Highfield Group is one of the UK’s leading educational organisations and publishers, and winner of the Queen’s Award in 2016, a Learning Technologies Award in 2017 and Awarding Organisation of the Year in 2018. 

For more information on Highfield e-learning, go to www.highfieldelearning.com.

For regular updates, go to https://twitter.com/askhighfield and www.facebook.com/askhighfield

For more on the Learning Technologies Awards, go to https://www.learningtechnologies.co.uk/learning-tech-awards
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Notes to editors:
1. The Learning Technologies Awards is held every year and showcases some of the most recognisable, memorable, and life-changing e-learning worldwide. They are internationally recognised and open to organisations of all sizes.

2. The Highfield Group is one of the largest educational organisations in the UK for compliance, apprenticeship and work-based learning qualifications, training materials, e-learning and end-point assessment of apprenticeships, based on registrations, certifications and turnover. The Group offers hundreds of publications and titles with over two million sales per annum. Additionally, it has developed over 200 qualifications through its awarding organisation (AO), Highfield Qualifications.

EVENT: Online learning & assessment with Highfield 13 September 2018

Highfield is hosting events in Bristol and Durham this autumn to explain more about our online learning and e-assessment offer.

These free-to-attend workshops are aimed at busy centre managers looking to improve their training offer and reduce costs through digital learning and assessment.

The events – on 13 September 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Bristol, and 2 October 2018 at Radisson Blu, Durham – will give delegates the opportunity to trial a selection of our e-learning courses as we demonstrate the wide arrange of subjects we have to offer. 

We’ll also show you, step-by-step, how to navigate the Highfield Learner Management System (LMS), and show you how it gives you more control and flexibility when it comes to managing the courses you offer. 

Plus, you’ll receive a demonstration on how Highfield Works, our very own e-assessment system, helps save you time and money, all while providing you with the flexibility need to manage assessments, resits and certifications at the click of a button.

And don’t worry if you’re not the most tech-savvy person on the planet, our digital products are designed to be simple to use and easy to learn, so with our help you’ll be an expert in no time.

Morning and afternoon sessions at both events are available, so book your free place today at the links below:

Bristol event
Durham event 

Highfield Works – make life easier with e-assessment

We like to make life simpler for our customers.

Which is why we’re encouraging everyone to switch to e-assessment.

Highfield Works is Highfield’s own, bespoke e-assessment system, built to meet your needs.

Designed to make assessments more straightforward, Highfield Works will save you time while giving you more control managing exams.

And because it involves less paperwork and postage, Highfield Works saves you money.

It’s also easy to use, so even if you’re not the most tech-savvy person on the planet, don’t worry – we can guide you through how it works, step by step, so that you’ll be an expert in no time.

So if you like the idea of saving time, money and having life made a bit simpler (and quite frankly, why wouldn’t you?) then check out the information below.

You can also speak to us on 0845 2260350 / 01302 363277 or by emailing sales@highfield.co.uk. Or if you’re already a Highfield-approved centre, contact your account manager who will be happy to help.