ITS a hair thing - April 2019

Welcome to the April issue of ITS a hair thing!

Top Tips for Recruiting Apprentices!

We've listened to you and have compiled resources and ideas to help you find your next apprentices:

Hairdressing Apprenticeships Flyer

Flyer These flyers are available for use at school career events and are aimed at senior school students. Please contact the office if you would like a quantity for your recruiting efforts.

"Help Wanted" Sign

The most successful tactic can sometimes be the most simple: place a Help Wanted sign in your shop window! This will attract the attention of your customers and local foot traffic. If you don't have one, please click here for the ITS version which can be edited.

Social Media Presence

Posting apprenticeship vacancies on Instagram (for young people) and Facebook (for their parents) is "location-specific" which creates a local target audience. Don't forget to "like" and "share" posts from our salon network and the ITS social media pages. Several of our salons have been using consulting companies to handle their social media requirements to achieve further outreach. Contact ITS for more information about this possibility.

Employee Referrals

Sometimes your own employees are the best source for new recruits! One salon offers an employee incentive of a £50 reward for referring an apprentice who successfully completes the three-month trial.

Building Relationships with Schools

Building RelationshipsSchools are a great place to recruit for Saturday help, work experience and apprentices. Many of you attend school career events to explain the advantages of hairdressing apprenticeships! We encourage our partner salons to continue reaching out to their local schools, particularly those with a hairdressing curriculum, to refine your target audience. Contact information about schools in our areas of business can be found here. ITS can support your efforts with flyers (see above) and staff when available. Putting a local face on a career opportunity goes a long way with young people! Let us know how we can help.

Recruit an Apprentice (RAA) website

The ESFA provide the RAA "jobs board" for advertising apprentice vacancies and all members are invited to use this resource free of charge. Salon listings are posted and maintained for you by ITS, who will forward applications directly to you as they are submitted. Please complete this form and return to ten/dtl-sti//ofni to create your salon's live recruiting advertisement.

This information is also available on our website here.

Discounts for apprentices!

NUS Apprentice NUS Apprentice extra, the discount card for UK Apprentices with loads of discounts in-store and online, helping their hard earned cash stretch a little further! Costing £11 for 12 months, the card offers discounts from the likes of The Co-op, Amazon, Dominos, Alton Towers, New Look and more! More information available here.

Rise in minimum wage for apprentices

New National Minimum Wage regulations apply from 1st April 2019, which amongst other changes raises the minimum wage for apprentices under 19, over 19 but in the first year of their apprenticeship, from £3.70 p/hr to £3.90.

The new rates will be:

  • £8.21 per hour for ages 25 and over
  • £7.70 per hour for ages 21 to 24
  • £6.15 per hour for ages 18 to 20
  • £4.35 per hour for school leaving age to 17
  • £3.90 per hour for apprentices.

Full details can be found here.

Safeguarding Children In Education - low cost online course

Everyone who comes into contact with learners, including those over the age of 18, has a responsibility to help safeguard children. This safeguarding children course is designed specifically for those who work in an education setting, including apprenticeships.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand your individual responsibilities for safeguarding learners of all ages, including those over the age of 18.
  • Be aware of the general indicators that suggest physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect are taking place.
  • Have an awareness of the specific types of abuse relevant to an educational setting and how to recognise them, including radicalisation and extremism, FGM, forced marriage, modern slavery, child sexual exploitation, child trafficking, peer on peer abuse, bullying, self-harm and self-neglect.
  • Understand how to respond appropriately to a disclosure of abuse or neglect.
  • Be aware of the importance of record keeping, confidentiality and reporting concerns to the appropriate people.

The course is divided into six accessible, interactive modules and includes an assessment at the end:

  • Introduction and Background to Safeguarding in Education - why this course is important, laws and guidance and the difference between safeguarding and child protection.
  • Mechanics of Safeguarding in Education - Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018, individual responsibilities, governing body responsibilities, headteacher responsibilities, DSO responsibilities, training, online safety and students missing from education.
  • Recognising Abuse and Neglect - where does abuse take place? Signs of abuse in a student, general indicators, physical abuse (bruising, bite marks, burns and scalds, fractures, scars), recognising emotional abuse, recognising sexual abuse and recognising neglect.
  • Types of Abuse and Neglect - radicalisation, extremism and terrorism, Prevent, reporting concerns, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and modern slavery.
  • Further Types of Abuse and Neglect - child sexual exploitation (CSE), grooming, child trafficking, peer on peer abuse, bullying and cyber bullying, domestic abuse, self-harm and self-neglect, special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Taking Action - dealing with disclosures of abuse, concerns about abuse, recording information, confidentiality, child protection procedures, local authority procedures, family drug and alcohol courts, looked after children, working with parents and further resources.

The course costs £30 (plus VAT) and booking is available here.

Congratulations to:

While the chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident remain rare, it is important for learners to be prepared and know how to protect themselves if the need arises.

Counter Terrorism Policing has released guidance that sets out key steps for keeping safe which includes:

  • How to report suspicious activity
  • What should I report?
  • What should I do if I find terrorist or violent extremist content online?
  • What happens when I contact the police?
  • Advice to stay safe

Follow the link to the ACT campaign.

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


Congratulations! to Sean Thomas at Mova Hairdressing who has made it to the L'Oreal Colour Trophy semi-finals!


Congratulations! to Jack Barney at Remington Harrow, who flew to Lanzarote last week to attend a conference as an Educator for Matrix. Jack started his career in hairdressing 11 years ago with Remington Harrow - what a great inspiration for future apprentices.

Congratulations! to the following learners who achieved their frameworks in March:

Natalie Wise - Level 2
Nicole Sellwood - Level 2

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

Linsey Chilvers
Emily Stevenson
Summer Monks

Congratulations! to the following learners who are on target to achieve timely:

Jorja LeeSimona Gagliardi
Katelyn HemmingsRhiannon Manners
Mark PrinceJemma Skudder
Emily FrancisRhianna Beckingham
Lauren GraingerLauryn Griffiths
Jasmine JoyceLeah Noble
Maddison WilloughbyLeah Burnham
Jessica HotstonEmily-Jo Cooper
Ferne BarberPippa McLaren
Grace FrySummer Monks
Grace HarwoodMegan Taylor
Kara MooreEmily Singleton
Anastasia FinneyLaura Byrne
Charlotte HarrisonMegan Deutsch
Rachel SmithJessie Prior
Emily Stevenson 

Thank you! To the following partner salons who accomodated an IQA visit from Simone Diges in February:

Toni and Guy, Farnham
Toni and Guy, Winchester
Velvet Rooms 4 Hair, Chobham

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

Natalie Wise
Megan Fisher
Jasmine Joyce
Rebecca Pratt
Pippa McLaren
Laura Byrne
Jemma Skudder

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

Soft curls with clip-in fringe - Ellie Wing (Glitterati, Weybridge)

Soft curls with clip-in fringe

Porosity and elasticity revision - Charlotte Harrison (Lush, Aldershot)

Porosity and elasticity revision

Creative hair-ups! Emily Francis (Capella, Frimley)

Creative hair-ups

Soft loose wave perm - Katelyn Hemmings (Remington Harrow, Farnham)

Soft loose wave perm

Have a great month!

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

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