Parnassus software update

ABBE has been working extremely hard for the last few months and we are very excited to announce that we are upgrading our Learner Management System, Parnassus.

The upgrade will take place during March 1st and 2nd. During this time Parnassus will not be available.

We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause to our centres. Should you have any queries on this, please contact us at abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk

E Proctoring

ABBE has invested in an online E Proctoring Service. We are working with OnVue to deliver this.

We can offer use of this to our centres, costs are as follows:

  •  £1000 one off access to system fee
  •  £1000 per examination published

 £70 per examination, per learner – any resits of failed assessments will be charged at this fee

Centres using other E proctoring Systems
We recognise that centres may use their own E proctoring systems, this is acceptable to ABBE. However, the following protocols must be in place before we will accept assessments undertaken via an E proctoring system:

  •  ABBE must be notified of the system to be used before assessments take place. We require a minimum of two weeks’ notice of the system proposed
  •  ABBE will require a copy of the examination material annotated to show where each of the assessment criteria are being met, additionally we will require answer grids

Minimum E Proctoring System Requirements

  •  Learner validation against UK recognised identification materials i.e. Passport or Valid Photographic Driving Licence
  •  A full lock down of the browser options, to ensure that only the E proctoring system is open
  •  Prevention of printing during the assessment
  •  Prevention of desktop access
  •  Prevention of copy and paste from outside of the assessment browser
  •  Prevention of screencast options
  •  Validation that the room in which the assessment is taking place is free from materials which may assist the assessment
  •  Validation that the room does not have any other people present
  •  Constant human and/or AI proctoring
  •  Automatic suspected malpractice ending of the assessment
  •  Proctor intervention, if required, to assure the security of the assessment
  •  Full activity reports, including video recordings which can be made available to ABBE as required

As E proctoring systems adapt and evolve, the requirements for use of these systems will change. We will give adequate notice of any changes to the minimum specifications that ABBE will accept.

Qualifications due to expire:

Property Qualifications
The final registration date for the following suite of qualifications is 31 March 2021.

  •  Level 3 Diploma in Property (Sale of Residential Property) (600/1002/2)
  •  Level 3 Diploma in Property (Residential Letting and Management) (600/0988/3)
  •  Level 2 Certificate in Property (Sale of Residential Property) (600/0990/1)
  •  Level 2 Certificate in Property (Residential Letting and Management) (600/1003/4)

Centres wishing to transfer learners from the existing suite of qualifications onto the new suite of qualifications will be able to do so, at no charge, between 1 January and 28 February 2021.

Insulation Building Treatments (IBT)
The final registration date for the following suite of qualifications is 31 May 2021.

  •  Level 2 Certificate in Understand Insulation and Building Treatments
  •  Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments Cavity Wall Insulation
  •  Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments Loft Insulation
  •  Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments Draught Proofing

Centres wishing to transfer learners from the existing suite of qualifications onto the new suite of qualifications will be able to do so, at no charge, between 15 January 2021 and 15 March 2021.

External Quality Assurers (EQA)

ABBE is looking for qualified EQAs in the following areas:

  •  Insulation Building Treatments (IBT)
  •  Thermography
  •  Building Control
  •  Town Planning
  •  Energy

However, if you are experienced in these areas but are not a qualified EQA you may consider becoming an EQA. If so, ABBE work with a centre to offer the Assessor, IQA and EQA qualifications, for more details on the qualification and costs please contact:

Sally Wood at SW Training and Development
 Email: Wood.sally@btinternet.com
 Mobile: 07980 534755

CSCS Green Cards

To obtain a CSCS green card it is a mandatory requirement to achieve the following qualification:

ABBE Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

To find out more about the qualification please visit our website www.abbeqa.co.uk

In addition to this, you also need to pass the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment test within two years of applying for a new card.

For more information visit the CSCS website

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First aid at work eBulletin

Issued: 24 February 2021
The latest information on first aid cover and qualifications during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic restrictions is below.
Visit our website for more information and advice about first aid at work during the pandemic.

Temporary omission of rescue breaths from training during current period of high transmission rates

The Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) has stated that they are supportive of training providers who may wish to omit practical teaching and assessment of rescue breaths in first aid training while coronavirus transmission rates are very high.

RCUK are leaders in the field of CPR and HSE support their position on this for most First Aid at Work (EFAW) and Emergency First Aid at Work training courses.

This is a precautionary measure and providers who are satisfied that they are able to safely deliver practical teaching and assessment of rescue breaths may continue to do so.

Rescue breaths should continue to be practically demonstrated and assessed in training courses for Paediatric First Aid training (PFA), front-line emergency services or if the first aider is, for example, a lifeguard who may be expected to treat someone who is drowning.

If an FAW or EFAW training or requalification course does not include practical teaching of rescue breaths, employers should make sure that that the training includes:
• a practical demonstration by the trainer themselves and or a video demonstration of rescue breath techniques
• full training in the theory for giving rescue breaths
• assurance from the training provider that the student is competent to give rescue breaths, as far as can be expected without being assessed in practice
• assurance from the training provider that the student is as competent to give rescue breaths, as far as can be expected without being assessed in practice

HSE always strongly recommends that workplace first aiders undertake annual refresher training. If first aid training or requalification during the coronavirus outbreak has not included practical training and assessment for giving rescue breaths, employers should ensure that this is included in the next refresher course.

This guidance will be reviewed as transmission and infection rates improve.

HSE COVID-19 updates and guidance

Disinfecting using fog, mist and other systems during the pandemic

Our guidance on disinfecting premises during the coronavirus pandemic has been updated to include joint advice on risks to health that can be created by using walk-through spraying or misting systems.

HSE and public health bodies in England, Wales and Scotland have agreed joint advice on the risks to health from walk-through disinfecting systems for duty holders considering using them to reduce transmission of coronavirus.

Spraying people with disinfectants is not recommended under any circumstances (including in a tunnel, cabinet, or chamber). The World Health Organisation has also confirmed that it could be harmful and does not reduce the spread of the virus. This is because transmission is usually through droplets or contact, so the effectiveness of these systems is likely to be minimal.

There is more information from the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) on potential health risks from whole-body walk-through systems.

The updated page on HSE’s site also has helpful advice on:
• cleaning premises using fog, mist or UV treatment
• the law on disinfectants
• only using HSE-authorised products in the UK
• supply and manufacture of disinfectants

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HSE coronavirus science and research

HSE scientific evidence and research on COVID-19 is helping to improve understanding of how to control the risks of virus transmission in workplaces and other settings.

It is used to inform decision making by HSE policymakers and wider government.

We have published a new science and evidence page which includes information on:
• rapid evidence review summaries
• Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE)
• COVID-19 national core studies

Ventilation and air conditioning in the workplace

The law requires employers to ensure an adequate supply of fresh air in the workplace and this has not changed during the pandemic. Good ventilation, together with social distancing, keeping your workplace clean and frequent handwashing, can help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Our updated guidance will help you identify poorly ventilated areas of your workplace and provides steps you can take to improve ventilation while maintaining a comfortable temperature. It will apply in most workplaces and includes guidance on:
• balancing ventilation with keeping people warm
• identifying poorly ventilated areas
• how to improve ventilation
• ventilation in vehicles

The new ventilation and air conditioning guidance is part of our advice on making your workplace COVID-secure.

For all the latest information and advice from HSE, visit HSE coronavirus pages.

News from FE Weekly

FE white paper sets out ‘ambitious’ reforms

“New powers” for the education secretary to intervene in colleges and plans for funding reform have been revealed today as the much-anticipated FE white paper is published.

The ‘Skills for Jobs White Paper’ was released in January and includes a raft of measures to “realign” the post-16 system around the needs of employers.

For more information click here.

Customer Contacts

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