News from Health and Safety Executive

 With many seasonal jobs being filled at this time of year, it is important that employers protect the health and safety of gig economy, agency and temporary workers.

Our website has guidance to help users and suppliers of agency and temporary workers understand their health and safety responsibilities.

If you are an agency or temporary worker then your health and safety is protected by law and employment businesses (agencies) have a duty to make sure that they follow it.

News from Skills for Health 

Help shape infection prevention & control (IPC), oral health & primary care National Occupational Standards (NOS) today

Due to be completed by March 2022, we are currently reviewing and developing the IPC NOS, alongside undertaking a review of the oral health NOS for dental nursing and dental technology, and developing new NOS for pharmacy support staff working in primary care.

Today, it is vital that we gain the views and expertise of those of you working in these areas, from all four home nations, to ensure that the NOS are applicable and transferrable across the UK.

Assessment Principles

ABBE is adding the Assessment Principles to all of the Qualification pages on the website.

Please read all documentation carefully before applying for centre approval OR adding additional qualifications to your remit as the Assessment Principles contain ALL the requirement for Assessors, Internal Quality Assurers (IQA) and External Quality Assurers (EQA).  In certain instances e.g. First Aid, it also lays out the requirements for the Trainers.

Social Media

As many of our older centres are aware, ABBE has a Twitter and LinkedIn account. We have recently been making plans to upgrade our social media presence. As a part of this plan, ABBE will be creating a Facebook and Instagram page to compliment our existing social media pages. We aim to offer a range of content showcasing both our offerings from a professional standpoint, as well as a more light-hearted and personal style of content on our Instagram page. These pages will be developed in due course and will be live in January 2022. We would encourage centres to engage with our content and work alongside us to create a strong sense of partnership that we hope will only further the fantastic relationship we have with our centres.

ABBE postal changes

ABBE are moving couriers from Royal Mail to DHL, we will be adding a telephone number to the address label so DHL can contact you and you can track your post.  If you have not supplied ABBE with a mobile phone number can you please email abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk as they will need this to text you updates.

NEW – ABBE Qualified logo ‘stickers’

ABBE has produced an ‘ABBE Qualified logo sticker’ which can be used on vehicles. Learners may purchase these for £10.  Learners should request a sticker by emailing abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk

End of Year Certification Arrangements

ABBE would like to make centres aware of our plans regarding physical certificates for the end of 2021. Our final date for printing certificates to arrive in centres before Christmas is Monday 20 December 2021.  All CRF claims will need to arrive in ABBE enquiries by 16 December at 12 noon. Certificate Claims made after this date will not be printed before Christmas and therefore physical certificates will not be received by centres until January 2022. Although ABBE will continue to process CRFs and send out digital certificates until we close for Christmas, no physical certificates will be dispatched after 20th December 2021.

ABBE Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management

The ABBE Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management qualification is intended for individuals who are employed in the built environment and construction industry.  The Retrofit Coordinator is a mandatory role for all retrofit projects. This qualification meets the standards for domestic retrofit co-ordinators as outlined in PAS 2035 and the Each Home Counts Quality Mark.

The role of the Retrofit Coordinator is to protect both the Client’s interest and the public interest. Retrofit Coordinators need to be qualified to provide end-to-end project coordination (i.e. from the inception of a retrofit project to handover and beyond, including undertaking basic monitoring and evaluation work) and to identify, assess and manage the technical and process risks associated with domestic retrofit projects. The Retrofit Coordinator plays a pivotal role.

Compliance is a mandatory requirement of schemes wanting to operate under TrustMark – the new quality mark for the Retrofit sector. The Retrofit Coordinator will also be responsible for ensuring and claiming compliance with PAS 2035.

This qualification confirms occupational competence.

Who could take this Qualification?

This qualification is relevant for those who have experience of working in construction or the built environment for a minimum of 2 years within the past 3 years, proof of this is required via a CV or employers testimony/letter.  Learners will also need to hold a Level 3 Certificate for Retrofit Assessors or a Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Energy Assessment.

Centres who want to offer this qualification will need to complete an Additional Qualification Approval form and submit this along with the fee to ABBE.

News from FE Week

Labour shortages: logistics, retail and construction on what needs to happen next

FE Week has spoken to industries hard hit by Brexit and Covid to find out what they want from the FE and skills system.

Labour shortages across a number of sectors in roles such as heavy goods vehicle drivers led to fuel shortages and empty supermarket shelves in September.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has reported that 95 per cent of its recruitment company members say labour shortages are the single biggest issue across all sectors.

For more information, click here

Customer Contacts

As always, please feel free to send the ABBE Newsletter to any colleagues in your business who you think would benefit from this information. Alternatively please contact us on abbeenquries@bcu.ac.uk with your email details in order for us to add them to our distribution list.

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