Highfield International Update

Highfield International – New Office
It’s not just our UK business that is gearing up for big changes. Our international office, based in Dubai, is also expanding.

Highfield International is, due to planned expansion, moving into a larger office in Healthcare City, Dubai.

The move will allow us to increase our activity across the Middle East and Asia as we grow our international team. Which brings us neatly on to…

Expansion into South East Asia
We’ve recently appointed a new International Development Manager, Rob Kindness, who will be working with centres based in South East Asia.

Rob is passionate about improving standards of qualifications and training in the region and is particularly focused on the role that Highfield’s TVET qualifications can make across South East Asia.

His remit will also see him work with our centres in the UK who deliver training across Asia.

Rob joins us with a wealth of experience working with awarding organisations. Not only is he an experienced business development professional, but he brings a host of experience leading and developing accreditation services and programmes.

New international qualifications – for delivery overseas
We live in an increasingly connected world, and we know that many of our centres are working not only within the UK but are increasingly delivering training overseas.

That’s testament to the quality of your tutors and trainers, and the quality and demand for UK qualifications.

However, we also know that RQF qualifications are very much set-up for the UK marketplace – the inclusion of UK systems, legislation and enforcement – can make teaching the qualification abroad more difficult than it needs to be.

Which is why we also offer a range of international qualifications that are designed specifically for overseas delivery.

These qualifications, which are regarded as unregulated provision, are designed to the exacting standards you’d expect of an award-winning UK awarding organisation, but offer a level of flexibility in delivery that can account for local regulations, enforcement and systems.

Often the only difference, between our regulated and international qualifications, is the removal of UK specific legislation, systems and enforcement.

In the last few months we have introduced three new international qualifications:

  • Highfield Level 2 International Award in Nutrition and Health
  • Highfield Level 2 International Diploma in Patisserie
  • Highfield Level 4 International Award in Managing Food Safety for Catering

Richard Sprenger attends 18th Convocation of COTHM Pakistan & Dubai

Highfield Chairman Richard Sprenger was delighted to accept the invitation of COTHM Pakistan and Dubai to attend its 18th convocation on Saturday 29 September as chief guest.

The invitation comes on the back of a 2017 agreement between Highfield and COTHM, which saw the School of Food Safety and Health established, with the ultimate goal of improving food safety in Pakistan. The agreement means that COTHM offers the full suite of Highfield’s food safety qualifications.

The convocation saw a total of 200 students awarded qualifications in various programmes including hospitality, culinary arts, and travel and tourism management, and was attended by educationists, hospitality industry professionals, dignitaries, journalists and graduating students and their parents.

At the event Richard spoke passionately about the vision of COTHM and Highfield, stating that the college is ‘not just an academic institution but an idea and a vision’. He went on to say, ‘COTHM does not just prepare graduates with market-driven skills but produces graduates who are able to discover their own identity and serve the hospitality, travel and tourism industry in the true sense of the word.

The convocation saw COTHM CEO Mr Ahmad Shafiq delivered an address that highlighted the desire to expand internationally. The recent establishment of a campus in Dubai, UAE, will be followed by expansion into the wider MENA region. The partnership with Highfield plays a part in enabling COTHM students to access a global education network and provides them with the skills and qualifications necessary to operate at a top level within the international hospitality trade.

Speaking about his visit to COTHM, Richard commented, ‘It was a pleasure to be invited as a guest of honour and to speak at the convocation which saw 200 potential leaders of the hospitality industry graduate. Our work with COTHM is helping to inform food safety to a new generation and shows the regard with which Highfield qualifications are held internationally.’



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