ITS a hair thing - April 2020

Welcome to the April issue of ITS a hair thing!

It seems like an age has passed since our partner salon network meeting just a few short weeks ago... Despite the challenges we are all facing, it is great to see how many of you have responded so quickly to the various emails we have sent and it has been a pleasure to communicate with you, either by email or phone to support you as best we can.

One of our key priorities has been to communicate how ITS will support apprentices throughout the pandemic. We have adapted our remote teaching and assessment methods to ensure motivation, formative progress and off the job training is sustained for all. We are continuing to work with City & Guilds and TQUK to determine whether assessment policy can be relaxed during the pandemic and will keep you updated as further updates are published. In the meantime, thank you for your continued support and please do let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Furlough guidance for employers

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a temporary scheme open to all UK employers for at least three months starting from 1 March 2020. It is designed to support employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Employers can use a portal to claim for 80% of furloughed employees' (employees on a leave of absence) usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage. Employers can use this scheme anytime during this period.

The scheme is open to all UK employers that had created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on 28 February 2020, please click here for further information.

WhatsApp weekly challenge

In addition to apprentices' monthly remote learning sessions, we have increased the frequency of apprentice contact throughout the pandemic to monitor their wellbeing and promote independent study. Apprentices will be set weekly tasks and challenges by their Trainer/Assessor and they have been added to individual partner salon WhatsApp groups to review and discuss individual progress. We are excited to see the outcomes of these tasks and encourage you to follow and celebrate their achievements via our Facebook page.

Social media support

It has been heartening to see how the hairdressing community is coming together to support each other throughout the pandemic. Here's some suggested links we recommend you engage with:

Free Wellbeing Masterclass Series

As the world changes rapidly all around us, it's more essential than ever to pay attention to our physical and mental wellbeing. With increasing amounts of uncertainty in our lives, combined with new work routines and less human connection, there are real and present threats to the long term mental health of anybody not prepared to take proactive measures.
Join the complimentary wellbeing masterclass series here.

What are the advantages to having an In Salon Assessor? (ISA)

If you have an ISA, you will know that they are a huge asset to your salon and apprentices. Having an ISA gives the apprentice and partner salon more flexibility with getting models in for assessment and the apprentice won't be off the salon floor for so long every month. If you do not have an ISA, the ITS Trainer/Assessor (T/A) will need to assess the apprentice and therefore the apprentice will be off the salon floor for approximately 3 hours during the T/A's visit. In addition, the apprentice will have to find models to be assessed on the date and time of the T/A's monthly visit. It's more natural for the apprentice to be working on a model which may be suitable for assessment during training and have their ISA on hand to assess.

In addition, should you be required to make a co-investment in line with funding rules (i.e. for apprentices over 19 at sign up), you will pay less than if you didn't have an ISA.

Please see the tables below which sets out the differences for the Level 2 Hair Professional:

Partner Salon with an Active In-Salon Assessor

FeeEnglishMathsLearning SupportEnd Point Assessment*Small Employer Incentive Payment to be paid to the employer
16-18 Level 2
Hair Professional
19+ Level 2
Hair Professional

* Re-sits of the End Point Assessment will incur a charge.

Partner Salon without an Active In-Salon Assessor

FeeEnglishMathsLearning SupportEnd Point Assessment*Small Employer Incentive Payment to be paid to the employer
16-18 Level 2
Hair Professional
19+ Level 2
Hair Professional

* Re-sits of the End Point Assessment will incur a charge.

So, if you would like one of your members of staff to become an ISA but they don't yet have the right qualification:

The September TAQA course is enrolling now!

Are you looking for your next challenge? Want to become an accredited In-salon Assessor?

If yes, we are now accepting applications for our September TAQA course! Run in partnership with Waverley Training Services, this course is for people who are, or will be, assessing apprentices for vocational qualifications and Functional Skills. Achieving this qualification is an opportunity to stretch your skills, improve your career prospects and put something back into the industry.

Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 hairdressing qualification OR CPD evidence of working at Level 3 on the shop floor.
  • Level 2 English & Maths qualification (GCSE A*-C or 4-9). If you do not hold a Level 2 qualification you will be required to take an online assessment.
  • Two active apprentices to assess.

What's involved

  • You must attend all three individual workshops, held at Farnham Memorial Hall, Farnham, GU9 7EE.
    Workshop 1 – Monday, 14th September 2020
    Workshop 2 – Monday, 12th October 2020
    Workshop 3 – Monday, 23rd November 2020
  • You will need to write a brief profile of learner type for each (eg: Maths/English difficulties, learning style, etc.) and bring them with you to the first workshop (Learner 1 will need to complete one whole unit or most of. Learner 2 will only require components of a unit or one outcome.)
  • Following completion of the course attendance at the next ITS Partner Salon Network (PSN) Meeting is required.

What qualification will I achieve?
Upon successful completion you will be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement.
The qualification has 2 mandatory units; Unit 301: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessments (3 credits) and Unit 302: Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment (6 credits).

Course Fees

  • The fees for this course are £480.00.
  • £100 Deposit must be paid to secure your place on the course.
  • Final balance of £380 must be paid at least 5 working days before the first Workshop.

Alternative payment options may be available, please contact the office to discuss.

Get in touch
To register your interest or find out more information please email the office ten/dtl-sti//ofni or speak to your ITS Trainer/ Assessor.

Or, if you'd like to get the ball rolling and reserve your place on the course now, please click here to complete the application form!

We love to celebrate the achievements of learners and partner salons. Please let us know if you have something to share!

Congratulations! to Amina and Connor from Box Hairdressing, Basingstoke who completed the salon's fast-track advanced training and have been promoted to stylists!

Amina and Connor from Box Hairdressing, Basingstoke

Thank you! to the following partner salons who accommodated IQA visits from Simone Diges in March:

Marc Daniel, Camberley
Velvet Rooms, Chobham

Congratulations! to the following learners who successfully completed hairdressing units in March:

Lilly Wilkins
Grace Fry
Millie Anderson
Danielle Butler
George Harris
Holly Chaulk
Katie Currie
Emily Francis
Abigail Cuthbert
Trinity Hewlett
Alysha O'Keefe
Jessica Rosewarne
Chloe Thorne
Jodie Barkes
Madeline Green
Chloe Hornby
Jodie Poulter
Francesca Barbarito

Congratulations! to the following learners who completed their apprenticeships in March:

Lauren Grierson
Grace Fry

Congratulations! To the following learners who achieved their On Programme Tasks in March:

Kate Lamb

Welcome! to the following learners who joined programme in March:

Jamie-Lee Ruffell
Laura Wentworth
Lucy Rusbridge
Ella Hay

It's great to see examples of work created by learners! We'd love you to share more of these with us:

Katy Charge, Luca M Hair - Addlestone

Katy Charge, Luca M Hair - Addlestone

Katelyn Hemmings, Remington Harrow – Farnham

Katelyn Hemmings, Remington Harrow – Farnham

Team ITS send very best wishes to all members of our partner salon network. Stay home, safe and well.

Lauren Pullen
Head of Provision
Inter Training Services Ltd
Mobile: 07875 303317
Web: www.its-ltd.net

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