Highfield Qualifications approved for assessment of new security apprenticeship

Highfield Qualifications has been approved to deliver end-point assessment (EPA) for the Security First Line Manager apprenticeship standard. This news brings the total number of standards for which the organisation is approved to deliver EPA to 34 with three standards in the Protective Services suite.

Delivering apprenticeship assessments under its dedicated Highfield Assessment brand, the organisation is promising today’s employers a full range of assessment services, support and advice to help them make the most of their Apprenticeship Levy contributions or funding, while also supporting their apprentices to achieve their goals.

The Security First Line Manager apprenticeship standard provides apprentices with the skills and knowledge required to manage people working specifically in security environments such as the private security industry, the MoD, event security, in-house security and transport and border security. It also offers a vocational route into careers in security management (excluding close protection).

Jason Sprenger: CEO at HABC

Jason Sprenger: CEO at HABC

Jason Sprenger, Highfield’s CEO, said: “Most employers are now aware of the opportunities available through the changes to apprenticeships. However, while the security sector is one of the biggest adopters of vocational qualifications, and especially so where they’re licence-linked, it has sometimes been difficult in the past to apply the traditional approach to apprenticeships.”

Sprenger added: “We would urge the security sector not to miss out. Highfield’s approach has been to do the hard work so that employers don’t have to. As one of the most experienced end-point assessment organisations, we’re well placed to offer a full range of consultancy and advice to organisations making sense of the changes, whether that’s to take on apprentices for the first time, have their existing in-house training recognised or to find services to ensure that they claim their full share of funding entitlement.”

*For more information visit www.highfieldassessment.com

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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