T Level success for Doncaster-based awarding organisation

Highfield Qualifications has grown to become one of the UK’s largest awarding organisations.

Based in Doncaster’s well-known Icon building, Highfield offers hundreds of regulated qualifications and provides end-point assessment services for over 50 apprenticeship standards.

Highfield has now further built on its success by being chosen by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) to both develop and award the new Catering T Level Technical Qualification.

T Levels were recently introduced by the Government to follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A levels. They are achieved through the successful completion of 2-year courses, that are developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study.

Speaking on this huge milestone, Highfield’s Chief Executive Jason Sprenger had the following to say: ‘It has been well noted that this qualification represents one of the most significant developments in hospitality education within the last decade. Highfield was originally founded to support learners to achieve their educational aspirations in this sector; almost 40 years ago. We really can’t overstate what this accomplishment means to us or how seriously we take this responsibility.’

This achievement has also resulted in the appointment of Shelley Houlbrook to the position of Director of T Levels. Shelley has significant experience working in both the education and commercial sectors. Speaking on the appointment Shelley said: ‘It’s incredible for me to be able to lead the way on such an exciting new venture for Highfield. T Levels will form an essential part of the future of Further Education, and we’re very well placed to rise to the challenge and ensure this qualification meets the needs of the industry.’

For more information on the new qualifications, go to www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/t-levels/t-level-information-hub/t-level-in-catering

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