Updates to the 3rd edition of Licensing Course Handbook

aplhbook-2016-003Highfield has updated the 3rd edition of its popular Licensing Course Handbook for those undertaking the Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH).

Written by sector expert Nicola Bayliss, the 3rd edition focuses on the key points necessary for prospective licence holders, such as:

  • The Licensing Act 2003
  • Personal licences
  • Premises licences
  • Protection of children
  • Powers and enforcement
  • Temporary event notices
  • Responsibility in alcohol retailing

A full description of the changes to the 3rd edition can be downloaded here.

If you do not already own a copy of the Licensing Course Handbook then click here

Review of bus and coach standards

people-1stPeople 1st has launched a review of the national occupational standards (NOS) for bus and coach standards and is inviting employers and stakeholders from the sector to take part.

The organisation, which leads on workforce development for the hospitality, tourism, travel, passenger transport and retail industries, is seeking feedback on the current standards and their effectiveness. 

All comments will be used to inform a revised draft of the NOS, which will be shared for consultation.

A full list of the standards to be reviewed can be found here, along with a feedback form and instructions on on submitting your feedback. 

The deadline for feedback is 2 December 2016. 

Find out more about Highfield at our new event

intro-highfield-bannerWe will be holding a number of events across the UK to introduce you to Highfield and provide further information on our family values, policies and benefits, as well as guidance and support on our registration process.

The events will also provide a platform for feedback to discover how we can continue to improve our services, products and/or qualifications, to become both your awarding organisation and product provider of choice.

The session will also include a food safety update delivered by an expert speaker, focusing on key topics and current issues within the industry.

Dates and locations are:

Friday 9 December 2016 – Doncaster

Food safety presentation delivered by Sarah Daniels

Monday 12 December 2016 – Newcastle

Food safety presentation delivered by Jude Hutchison

Tuesday 3 January 2017 – London

Food safety presentation delivered by Richard Sprenger

Thursday 5 January 2017 – Walsall

Food safety presentation delivered by Richard Sprenger

Tuesday 17 January 2017 – Belfast

Food safety presentation delivered by Professor Chris Elliott

Tuesday 31 January 2017 – Wales

Food safety presentation delivered by Euan MacAuslan

 Areas covered in each event will include:

  • How to switchover from CIEH to Highfield, and our support for you during that process
  • The range of qualifications we offer, and areas for development
  • An introduction to the Highfield team and some of our subject matter experts
  • Highfield future and the move over to the RQF
  • How we provide ongoing support to centres
  • Associated training materials from Highfield International
  • A food safety update from a subject matter expert
  • How can we improve our service, products and qualifications
  • What you want from an awarding organisation

Each morning event (09:00am – 12:00pm) is FREE to attend and is open to not only CIEH customers, but also training providers who would like to find out more about delivering qualifications from Highfield. It goes without saying that we would welcome any of our current customers who would like to attend, it is always good to catch up, receive feedback and see how we can improve.

To book yourself and/or your colleagues on to this event, please visit here. Alternatively, you can secure your place by calling our Sales team on 0845 226 0350 or by emailing the Events team at events@highfieldabc.com. Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Book now to avoid disappointment!

We hope that you can join us for what is sure to be an extremely informative event.

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First Aid Qualification Update – Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training

In June, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced the requirement for all workplace first-aiders to be trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) from 31 December 2016. This is as a result of a change to the guidelines of the Resuscitation Council UK, which now state that when managing a casualty in need of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a first-aider must request an AED.

To accommodate these changes and cover the use of an AED, Highfield will be amending the qualification specification and practical assessment pack for the following qualifications:

Centres running courses from 31 December 2016 will be required to assess learners in the use of an AED. However, this will be optional prior to this date.

We anticipate that the subject of using an AED will be covered in the CPR section of each qualification. Learners should be assessed on their ability to demonstrate the following skills:

  • place AED pads correctly
  • follow AED instructions

Additionally, please note, the following requirements must be met when delivering training on the use of an AED:

  • centres must have 1 training AED available for every 4 learners on a course. This does allow for adjustment to lesson plans so long as the ratio of 1:4 is maintained and centres ensure learners are not disadvantaged.
  • centres running first-aid courses must ensure their tutors and assessors are sufficiently knowledgeable and competent in the use of an AED

We shall keep you updated with any further updates we receive regarding these qualifications. In the meantime, if you require any further information, please contact your account manager.

CIEH – voluntary surrender of recognition

chef-cutting-tuna-fish-by-phanlop88As many of you will be aware, the CIEH has announced it intends to surrender its status as a regulated awarding organisation and is withdrawing its regulated and non-regulated qualification provision. We recognise this is a deeply worrying time for existing CIEH centres, many of whom will have already allocated budgets and purchased resources for programmes of learning and assessment.

Highfield has been operating in the compliance market for over 30 years and has been one of the UK’s leading providers of food safety, health and safety, first aid and numerous other vocationally related qualifications since our awarding arm was established. Highfield is passionate about supporting businesses and continuously raising standards, and currently provides qualifications and learning resources to over 2 million learners per year. Our Chairman Richard actually developed most of the original CIEH food safety courses and is recognised as being one of the world’s leading industry experts.

Highfield is already providing assistance to numerous organisations affected by the announcement and will be offering free registration (usually £400) to all UK-based CIEH centres until 31 December 2016. We will ensure that, given the opportunity to work with you, the transition over to Highfield will be seamless. Also you will have the added benefit that Highfield offers all of the main qualifications (and many more) that were offered by the CIEH. This means you will only need to register with one awarding organisation if you offer a full suite of food safety, HACCP or health and safety qualifications. Our range of compliance qualifications can be viewed here.

Highfield has a very experienced team who can help at any time with any questions you have, however, we also offer a free-to-subscribe food safety LinkedIn group, which has around 1,000 members. If you would like to discuss food safety-related issues with fellow trainers, you may wish to consider joining this group. You can join here

As the UK’s leading provider of compliance qualifications, we are proud to work with a wide range of small and large training providers, colleges, local authorities and corporate clients. Our brand is well known and respected throughout the UK and internationally.

To speak to a member of our team, please call us on 0845 226 0350/01302 363277, or email us at sales@highfieldabc.com 

You can also contact us on https://twitter.com/HighfieldABC or https://www.facebook.com/HighfieldABC/ where we are picking up and responding to messages. 


First ever Asian Apprenticeship Awards launched

asian-apprenticeship-awardsAsian apprentices from all over the country will get the chance to have their achievements recognised with the launch of the first ever Asian Apprenticeship Awards.

Taking place at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Birmingham on 10 November 2016, the event is the first of its kind to highlight the work of Asian apprentices and employers, and aims to address the under-representation of Asian trainees and businesses in the learning sector.

Figures from the Skills Funding Agency show that just 4.1 percent of apprentices are from the Asian community, although the government has announced plans to increase that to 20 percent by 2020 as part of ambitious plans to create 3 million new apprenticeships by the end of the decade.

Over 500 guest are expected at the awards – which are being supported by some of the key figures in the learning sector such as the AELP and WorldSkills UK – with 22 different category prizes up for grabs for apprentices and employers alike.

Safaraz Ali, one of the event organisers, said, ‘Traditionally, Asians going into further education take an academic route through colleges and universities. As a result, people are missing a great opportunity. However, we want to celebrate the very best of young Asian apprentices and those that employ them’. 

To find out more, go to http://asianapprenticeshipawards.co.uk/

Government confirm final funding proposals for Apprenticeship Levy

974x300-linkedinThis week the government confirmed the introduction of the apprenticeship levy from April 2017.

The levy will be payable by all UK employers that have a wage bill of more than £3 million. Employers will have to pay 0.5% of their pay roll costs, and these payments will be collected by HMRC from April 2017.  Employers that are not eligible to pay the levy will continue to receive government support towards apprenticeship training and assessment.

Following an open consultation with employers and training providers, the government has confirmed the final funding proposals of how the apprenticeship levy will work. While much of the guidance reiterates points that were announced in August, adjustments have been made to ensure that the reforms benefit more employers, providers and apprentices.

Key features from the updated funding policy include:

  • employers and training providers who take on 16 to 18-year-olds or 19 to 24-year-olds, who were in care or who have an education, health and care plan, on an apprenticeship framework or standard, will receive a £1,000 payment from the government
  • employers will now have 24 months to spend the levy funds within their digital account before they expire, extended from the 18 months originally proposed
  • higher funding bands for STEM apprenticeship frameworks; this has increased by 40% for level 2 and 80% for level 3
  • non-levy paying employers will only have to contribute 10% to the cost of training and assessment, with the remaining 90% funded by the government
  • employers with fewer than 50 employees who do not pay the levy will receive full government funding if they take on apprentices who are 16 to 18 years old, 19 to 24-year-old care leavers, or 19 to 24 year olds with an education, health and care plan
  • a commitment to introduce the ability for employers to transfer funds within their digital account to other employers in their supply chain and sector by 2018
  • training providers will also receive an additional cash payment equivalent to 20% of the funding band maximum where they train 16 to 18-year-olds on apprenticeship frameworks
  • the 15 funding bands have now been confirmed, which range from £1, 500 to £27,000
  • additional funding support up to £600 for apprentices who live in disadvantaged areas to ensure that the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship is open to everyone, regardless of where they live, their background or family circumstances
  • training providers will be able to claim a flat rate of £471 direct from the government if they deliver English or maths, so that all apprentices have a basic knowledge of each subject
  • training providers will be able to claim up to £150 of additional funding on behalf of apprentices who require extra support because of a learning or other disability

To read the government document in full, please visit here.

If you are still unsure about how the levy will impact your business, or still have unanswered questions, please contact a member of the Highfield Assessment team today on sales@highfieldassessment.com

Lord-Lieutenant marks Doncaster business’s Queen’s awards

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Mr Andrew Coombe, The Queen’s personal representative, was on official duty this October as he marked a Doncaster-based business’s achievement of the Queen’s Award.

Directors from the Highfield Group were presented with a crystal bowl and commemorative certificate signed by the Queen and Prime Minister at an official presentation held at the organisation’s offices on 20 October 2016.

And guests, which included civic dignitaries, business leaders and VIPs, were treated to a performance by a choir from New College, Worcester, a school for blind and partially sighted children, on behalf of Highfield’s chosen charity, Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA).


(L-R) Chris Sprenger (Managing Director), Richard Sprenger (Chairman), Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Mr Andrew Coombe, Jayne Sprenger, Jason Sprenger (Chief Executive).

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 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, which has three offices across Doncaster and employs over 200 staff, is 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.

The organisation, which has its headquarters on Heavens Walk, 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, ‘This is a great achievement for Highfield, and I was honoured to welcome Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and accept the certificate and crystal bowl on behalf of the business and everyone here who has worked so hard to achieve it’.

Representatives from Highfield received the award in person from Her Majesty at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 14 July 2016, with this further presentation held to celebrate the achievement alongside colleagues, customers and partners.

For more information on Highfield, go to www.highfieldabc.com For regular updates, go to https://twitter.com/HighfieldABC and www.facebook.com/HighfieldABC

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

Apprenticeship Standard for Wellbeing Support Workers

skills-for-healthSkills for Health has launched a consultation on proposals to develop an apprenticeship standard for the wellbeing support workers job role at Level 2 after an expression of interest for health promotion assistant was rejected by the government.

The survey aims to gather opinions on whether the new role profile looks accurate or needs amending, and will gather feedback on how employers refer to the role internally, how many people are employed in the role (or would look to employ once the apprenticeship route is available) and whether you would be able to support the new expression of interest, due to be submitted in November.

To take part in the survey, click here. To find out more on the new healthcare apprenticeship standards, click here.

If you replied to the health promotion assistant survey, or are named as part of that steering group, please also respond to this one so that a new expression of interest can be developed.

The survey runs from from 19 October until 12:00 pm on 16 November 2016.


Join us at Food Safety: Guide to Compliance and Best Practice in the Catering Industry

Next month Highfield will be hosting a specialised food safety event to support the launch of the British Hospitality Association’s revised publication of the Industry Guide to Good Hygiene Practice: Catering.

This event will focus on key updates contained within the guide, provide knowledge and understanding of current issues and trends within the sector, and also feature presentations from food safety experts including Euan MacAuslan.

Euan MacAuslan

Euan speaking at our National Conference 2014

Euan began his environmental health career in the army in 1978. On his departure he built on his existing knowledge and expertise with a breadth of consultancy work until he joined The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Since 1992, he has been managing the council’s public health training services, and is also a level 4 food safety examiner with qualified teacher learning and skills status. Euan has been a key contributor to Highfield for over 14 years, and has assisted in the development of publications, qualifications and training. He has also spoken about best practice food safety at several industry events throughout his career.

We are pleased to welcome Euan back to speak at our conference, where he will be delivering a presentation focused on the major updates contained within the industry guide. Further information regarding the food safety event is available here.

To book yourself and/or your colleagues on to this event, please visit here. Alternatively, you can secure your place by calling our Sales team on 01302 363277/0845 226 0350 or by emailing the Events team at events@highfieldabc.com.