Highfield plans expansion with new office

Continuing with our recent success and growth, Highfield will be relocating to a new office over the next 12 months.

The new office, Icon, is a landmark building located conveniently at the main entrance to central Doncaster from junction 3 of the M18. Providing accommodation over three floors, the state-of-the-art, 10, 000 square foot building will be familiar to anyone who has ever visited the town and is certainly one of the most prestigious and recognisable offices in the region.

The purchase of the building will help Highfield meet its strategic objectives and future plans, and continue our phenomenal growth. It will also provide us with a great place to work in, and consolidate Highfield as one of the leading educational organisations in the UK.

Most importantly it will provide an infrastructure and environment to allow us to provide our customers with the highest levels of customer service.

Updated contact details will be provided to everyone in due course, but we look forward to inviting you in for a coffee and a chat!

Highfield 2018 end-of-year review

It wouldn’t be Christmas without an end-of-year review. And what a year it’s been.

What with being named Awarding Organisation of the Year by the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and picking up another accolade in the Learning Technologies Awards, 2018 has certainly been a fantastic 12 months to remember.

But those aren’t the only reasons we’ll be celebrating this Christmas. Our achievements this year have included:

  • becoming the third largest awarding organisation in the UK
  • beating our target of raising £50,000 for our chosen charity VICTA
  • achieving over 800,000 users on our free counterterrorism e-learning in just a few months
  • seeing two of our colleagues recognised by the Metropolitan Police for their contribution to counterterrorism training
  • launching our e-assessment platform, Highfield Works, to bring our customers fast and effective online assessment

However, it’s not just about awards success. It’s about being the best provider of qualifications, training materials and e-learning to our many loyal customers. And we believe we are.

So once again, have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

And in case you missed them, here’s a round up of our top stories from the last few weeks of 2018.

Serco apprentice first in England to complete new aviation qualification
Serco apprentice Brook Bloomfield has become the first ever to complete the new Aviation Ground Operative Standard in England, passing his training with a distinction. The apprenticeship was delivered by Serco in partnership with Highfield Assessment, which is part of Highfield Qualifications and recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO).

How to with Highfield…booking your SCPLH refresher
If you’re working in the Scottish licensed trade, you’ll no doubt be aware of the changes to the rules around the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) and personal licence renewal. We go through the steps you need to take to book your renewal.

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 (eLN). The eLN is a not-for-profit, community interest company run by the e-learning community for the learning community.

Allergens in food: Russian roulette for customers?
Allergens have been all over the news recently. But do you know how to keep customers and your business safe?

Highfield approved for recruitment EPA
We’re already one of the leading end-point assessment organisations in the country with one of the widest portfolios of standards covered. But now we can include Recruitment Consultant and Recruitment Resourcer to the standards we can deliver EPA for, after receiving official approval from the government.

Is your Care Certificate e-learning GDPR compliant?
We’ve updated our Care Certificate e-learning to make it fully compliant with the GDPR, meaning we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to. Developed by Highfield e-learning, it is one of the most comprehensive packages available anywhere for employees taking the Care Certificate, and is backed by Highfield’s expertise in developing the official Care Certificate Handbook.

Five new pathways for the updated underage sales prevention qualification
Highfield has launched a new version of the Highfield Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (RQF) to better reflect specific job roles within the licensed trade. The qualification is designed to assist those who are preparing to work in retail or licensed premises that offer age-restricted products and services to the public.

Highfield reaccredited for ISO  
After lots of hard work by our team, we’ve been recognised for ISO 9001: 2015, based on the ‘creation, development, implementation and management of all qualifications, end-point assessments and associated assessment materials’.

New level 3 qualification does the business
Highfield has launched a brand-new qualification specifically for learners working within business administration.  The Highfield Level 3 Diploma for Business Administrators (RQF) has been designed to cover the knowledge and skills requirements of the Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard. https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/apprenticeships/business-administration/level-3-diploma-administration    


We’re running the London Marathon for VICTA!

The Highfield team will be running the London Marathon again this year to raise money for VICTA.

And Highfield MD Chris Sprenger will be running the entire distance (we hope!) dressed as a ZombieGerm! 

To find out more, click on the video below. Or if you’d like to donate, go to Team ZombieGerm’s Virgin Money Giving page.

VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action) 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. It has been Highfield’s chosen charity since 2013, with tens of thousands of pounds raised to date.  

For more information on VICTA click here.

Highfield Christmas closing dates 2017

‘He’s making a list and checking it twice; Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice‘…yes, it’s nearly Christmas, which means the tree is up, the festive jumpers are on and the mince pies are doing the rounds in the Highfield office (so many mince pies…!). 
But that also means we’re nearly upon our annual shutdown for the Christmas period. We’ll be closing at 5.30 pm on Thursday 21 December 2017, and reopening on Tuesday 2 January 2018. Unfortunately that also means any enquiries we receive between these dates won’t be responded to until the office reopens. 
If you have orders that are urgent and you require before Christmas, please make them before 1 pm on Wednesday 20 December 2017. These orders will be dispatched on a next-delivery.
If your order isn’t that urgent but you still need it delivered over the Christmas period, be sure to place it before 2 pm on Thursday 21 December 2017. Any orders placed after this won’t be dispatched until the New Year. 

As always, we’d like to thank you for your continued support over the last 12 months, in which we’ve been recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) for apprenticeships, and took one of the top prizes at the Learning Technologies Awards in November for our e-learning. The awards are one the biggest in Europe, and open to some of the most famous digital names in the world, but the Highfield team beat them all to take the gold in the ‘Best use of learning technologies to ensure compliance’ category.

We also raised many more thousands of pounds for our chosen charity, Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA), and the important work they do. If you’d like to find out more or maybe make a donation yourself, go to www.victa.org.uk 

So finally, on behalf of the entire Highfield team, have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

90th birthday marks royal recognition for Highfield

Highfield will be helping HM Queen Elizabeth II celebrate her 90th birthday this year after winning the UK’s most prestigious business accolade, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The Highfield Group, one of the UK’s leading education organisations, was announced as the winner of the award as part of the national celebrations to celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April.

Queen's Award winnersQueen’s Award winners are chosen by a panel that includes the Prime Minister and leading figures from government and industry, making it one of the most sought after accolades for British businesses.

Highfield is one of the UK and Middle East’s leading suppliers of compliance, apprenticeship and work-based learning qualifications, training materials and e-learning. It is one of the UK’s largest exam boards, and is actively involved in the development of the UK workforce and productivity, as well as contributing to government plans for three million apprenticeships by 2020 and the switchover to apprenticeship trailblazers.

The organisation, which has its headquarters in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, works with some of the biggest names in international business to help develop their staff, including PepsiCo, Nestle, Marks & Spencer and Superdrug, and each year supports over 2 million learners across the globe to achieve their educational aspirations.

Jason Sprenger, Highfield Chief Executive, said, ‘I’m incredibly proud of this fantastic achievement, which is a testament to our exceptional team and their dedication to our core values of quality, value, service and integrity. It is proving to be an amazing 12 months for Highfield.  We are continuing to expand domestically and internationally, with offices recently opening in Sheffield, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, plus a new international headquarters planned for Doncaster later in 2016, and have numerous other blue chip companies that have committed to working with us going forward’.

Representatives from Highfield will receive the award in person from Her Majesty at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 14 July 2016.  A further ceremony with the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Mr Andrew Coombe, will take place at Highfield’s offices later in the year.
For more information on Highfield, go to www.highfieldqualifications.com

For more on the Queen’s Award, go to www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise/overview

Highfield’s marathon challenge for VICTA

Three of Highfield’s staff put on their running shoes and took on one of the world’s toughest challenges for charity this spring – the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Chris Sprenger, Managing Director, Ben Cressey, Director of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeships, and Dominic Binks, Director of Business Development completed the gruelling 26 miles and 385 yards to raise money for Highfield’s chosen charity – Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA).

Marathon Runners

Chris (left), and Dominic (right).

Held on 26 April 2015, the Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the biggest mass participation sports events in the world. And for Chris and Ben, it was the second time they had completed the marathon for VICTA, having taken part in 2014.

Reform Club

After the marathon – Dominic (left), Chris (centre) and Ben (right).

As well as raising thousands over £3000 for the charity – which 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 – there were personal bests for the runners.

Chris completed the course in just three hours 29 minutes, with Dominic and Ben coming in at four hours and six minutes and four hours and 28 minutes respectively.


Chris’s Virgin Money London Marathon Medal

To date, Highfield has raised over £13,000 for VICTA. However, the team is not resting on its laurels, and has already signed up for next year’s marathon on 25 April 2016.

Highfield will be holding a number of events through 2015 and 2016 to raise money for VICTA, including a skydive. If you would like to contribute, please click Virgin Money Giving

World Cup winner caps successful result for Highfield

Doncaster-based education firm the Highfield Group welcomed England legend and World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst MBE back to Wembley as the company celebrated its own success off the field.

The former striker, hero of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad and still the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, dropped in to meet guests as Highfield hosted a reception at the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on 1 March 2015.

Highfield Wembley League Cup Final 2015 LR-01839The Group, which publishes training books, materials and e-learning programmes, and develops vocational qualifications and apprenticeships, recently moved into the top five in the table of the UK’s leading education organisations. It offers hundreds of publications and titles with over 2 million sales per annum, plus over 200 different qualifications covering a wide range of subjects and industries.

Jason Sprenger, Highfield’s Chief Executive, said, ‘It was a huge honour to welcome Sir Geoff Hurst to our reception at Wembley and to talk to him about his achievements, including that famous 4-2 win against West Germany. He is a great inspiration on and off the field, and to have him here with us capped an incredible couple of years for us as an organisation where we have been able to grow our business and create jobs for Doncaster’.

Based in Lakeside, Highfield has three sites across Doncaster, with a further office in Dubai, employing nearly 250 staff and over 400 consultants. It provides qualifications and resources to 15,000 customers in 110 countries and counts amongst its clients names such as the NHS, Nestle, PepsiCo, Shell, Serco, G4S, MITIE, John Lewis, Health Education England, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Heinz, Marriott, Ministry of Defence, ASDA, Harrods and Aunt Bessie’s.
Notes to editors:
1. The Highfield Group (‘Highfield’) includes Highfield.co.uk Ltd, Highfield E-Learning Ltd and its awarding organisation arm, Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Ltd (‘HABC’).

What you missed at the HABC Customer Open Day…

8 May 2014 saw HABC hold the latest in its series of Customer Open Days, where we open our doors to the world and show why we are the Awarding Organisation that listens and responds.

Through these events, training providers, Centres and educators from right across the country can come and see first-hand how we work, meet members of our team and get an insight into every aspect of what we do – from how we put products together, our range of publications and why our customers tell us we are number one for customer service.

It was also an opportunity for visitors to ask us questions on everything from changes to the training system and future developments to more practical issues such as funding and Direct Claim Status.

And most importantly, a chance to get the answers they need for their business.

For Centres not already working with us, it was an opportunity to see the full range of what we can offer, and how HABC – the sixth largest Awarding Organisation in the UK – can support them and their learners.

And for some it was the opportunity to put names to faces, meeting their account managers and getting to know the staff at HABC – from the Managing Director to the Customer Service Team – who are always on hand to help them with their queries and questions.


Highfield’s rally star sets new racing challenge

BC RallyHighfield’s very own rally star Ben Cressey has got the 2014 BTRDA Gravel Championship off to a racing start after taking second place overall in the B13 class after just two races.

And then he’ll be setting himself a new kind of racing challenge this April as he runs in the London Marathon for charity. 

Ben, who drives a Subaru Impreza (pictured) with co-driver Mark Swallow, has been mixing it with some of the big names of rally driving, but two impressive displays have seen him pick up vital points. 

He said, ‘If someone said to me before the start of the season we would be second in B13 class I would have laughed, but it’s become reality and puts us in a different position for the remainder of the season.   The amount of money invested in some of the cars surrounding us is phenomenal and for us to be up there mixing it with them in our first year of 4wd is very exciting!’

Ben now has a break in the championship, but isn’t resting on his laurels, as he’ll be running in the London Marathon on 13 April to raise money for VICTA, a charity which supports blind and visually impaired children and young people. 

Said Ben, ‘The money raised 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.  They also provide parents with a vital network of support and information, so it’s a really worthwhile cause’. 

He added, ‘It’s great to be in second place in class in the BRTDA Gravel Championship, but I think second in the marathon might be a little optimistic!’ 

To contribute to the charity, go to Virgin Money Giving and search for ‘VICTA’.

The next rally for Ben and Mark will be the SJR sponsored Plains Rally this May in Welshpool.