Free workshops for food safety training providers affected by CIEH changes

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A series of free workshops this Christmas and New Year is aiming to help food safety training providers affected by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health’s (CIEH) withdrawal from Ofqual recognition.

Hosted by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC), the workshops will explain to training centres and educators how they can continue to offer qualifications and maintain high standards for both their learners and their customers.

The CIEH announced in November 2016 that it would voluntarily withdraw from Ofqual regulation from July 2017, meaning that its suite of Ofqual recognised qualifications would no longer be available from that date.

The workshops offered by HABC will cover a range of subjects, including how providers can ensure they protect their business obligations and learners while transferring the range of qualifications Highfield offers and food safety updates from some of the top speakers in the sector.

HABC is part of the Highfield Group, which has been operating in the compliance sector for over 30 years, and is one of the UK’s leading providers of food safety, health and safety, first aid and fire safety qualifications and resources for businesses and training providers.

Chris Sprenger, Highfield’s managing director, said: “As a global leader in compliance and work-based learning qualifications, and winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, we work with a wide range of small and large training providers, colleges, local authorities and corporate clients. Our workshops will provide valuable information to affected training providers about how Highfield can work closely with you.”

The locations and dates of the free workshops are as follows:

  • Doncaster           9 December 2016 (Sarah Daniels, The RedCat Partnership)
  • Newcastle           12 December 2016 (Jude Hutchinson, Highfield)
  • London                 3 January 2017 (Richard Sprenger, Highfield)
  • Walsall                  5 January 2017 (Richard Sprenger, Highfield)
  • Belfast                  17 January 2017 (Professor Chris Elliott, Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Newport              31 January 2017 (Euan MacAuslan, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelse
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