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SAI Global Assurance Learning Collects Highfield Qualifications Top Student Award 2019

Highfield Qualifications announced their first-ever Top Student Award winners at the “Improving Food Safety in a Changing World” conference in Birmingham last week. The award celebrates the high achievers in Highfield’s top qualifications in food safety.

Simon Rees from Able & Cole was announced as one of two winners for achieving the highest national score when completing the Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP Management for Food Manufacturing. This qualification covers the importance of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) based food safety management systems, the management and implementation of HACCP based processes, development and the evaluation.

“It was such a happy surprise to find out that I achieved the joint top mark in the Highfield Level 4 HACCP last year – professional development is so important in your career, so to have it recognised within the industry is just the icing on a (hopefully very food safe!) cake. It’s a testament to the course and the trainers for getting a rigorous (but rewarding) outcome from what is seen as quite a challenging subject.”

Highfield’s 2019 conference theme “Improving Food Safety” certainly seemed to be at the front of Able & Cole’s agenda – on the day of the conference Simon himself was busy hosting an audit using the procedures taught on the course. Steve Nicholas, GM for SAI Global’s Training Business, was at the conference to collect the award on Simon’s behalf. Our congratulations to Simon on his success and our best wishes to the team at Able & Cole.

Why Food Safety Qualifications Are So Important

“SAI Global trains over 100,000 industry professionals every year in QHSE & Food Safety auditing and associated courses. Awards such as Simon’s offer validation that our training products and tutors add value to businesses around the world.” – SAI Global

Having employees that are highly qualified in the area of food safety means that businesses are one step closer to having “Food we can trust” as outlined by the Food Standards Agency. Businesses have a responsibility to manage risk and create trust for their customers, arguably more so in the food industry.

A qualification in HACCP Management equips employees with the knowledge and tools needed to develop, implement and evaluate food safety management procedures. This is an invaluable skill long term as food preparation safety is being examined more and more everyday by consumers.

How Can Businesses Ensure Their Employees Are Trained to the Highest Level?

Luckily, it is easier than ever for businesses to get training in food management. There are companies who offer bespoke training packages tailored to the needs of the business. What makes us different? Simply put, we have nearly 30 years of experience in management systems training and consultancy. On top of this, courses can be completed from virtually anywhere – at one of IQMS’ 12 training venues, in house at your own offices or even online.

For further information on how we can help you with your training requirements, please call our team on 01908 448 213 or email

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