ITS a hair thing - August 2019

Welcome to the August issue of ITS a hair thing!

Careers events - they need YOU!

Careers events

The team from Remington Harrow attended the Farnham Heath End School careers event last month. They spent the evening talking to students about the wonderful world of hairdressing and the fabulous career opportunities enabled through apprenticeships. Events such as these provide partner salons with the perfect platform to reach the professionals of tomorrow and raise the profile of the business within the local community - win, win!! Great work team RH - we LOVE your eye-catching stand!

Jo from ITS would be delighted to support you with locating careers events in your area, please email ten/dtl-sti//annaoj or call 02392 591 666.

The Government Recruit An Apprentice website

Please check the details you have on RAA represents what you want prospective apprentices to see about your salon. Apprenticeships are investments in the future, so attracting Apprentices who can see a future for themselves working within your business, is the ideal way to begin any employer-Apprentice relationship.

If you would like to change/create an RAA entry, please contact ten/dtl-sti//annaoj.

Provide a detailed description of the job role
Potential Apprentices want to know what they will be doing on day to day basis. They are serious about a work based role where they will be learning as part of a team, so make it personal. The best role descriptions speak directly to the candidate for example 'you will be doing...' 'your tasks will include...' 'you will enjoy...' Where possible try to avoid dull lists and using in-house jargon they may not be familiar with. The more detail the better!

Tell them lots about you
This is a chance to really sell your business to potential Apprentices and engage with their vision of a business they want to work and learn in. Look to your existing marketing material, but then go further; give them the little details that make the difference: What do you do? Why do you do it? How do you do it? What's your position in the market place? Are there any exciting plans for your future? Why is this a good opportunity for an Apprentice? Have you had any success stories with previous Apprentices? Do all you can to help them visualise working, and wanting to work, for you.

Describe a possible future
This is a terrific opportunity to set your Apprenticeship head and shoulders above the rest. Are there any incentives you could offer the Apprentice on completion of their training? Perhaps you could say that other training opportunities may be available, or that there would be a salary increase on successful completion of the apprenticeship. Is there the possibility of progression within the company, or do you have a number of current employees who have been through the apprenticeship scheme themselves?

Mental Toughness - getting the best attitude from apprenticeships

Mental Toughness

What is Mental Toughness?

"A personality trait which determines, in some part, how individuals respond when exposed to stressors, pressure. opportunity and challenge... irrespective of the prevailing situation."
(Clough & Strycharczyk, 2011)

The most important factor employers look for in apprentices is attitude, which ranks ahead even of literacy and numeracy according to the CBI Annual survey of employers 2015. Mental Toughness describes the mind-set or 'attitude' that every person adopts in everything they do. It is very well evidenced both as a concept and as a reliable and practical approach for practitioners - including the ability to assess it and to evaluate change.

The attached slides summarise:

  • what is mental toughness, mindset and resilience?
  • how can I assess mental toughness and what it means for employers and apprentices alike?
  • why it is probably the most important aspect of people and organisation development today?
  • how can I develop mine and others mental toughness?

Research shows mental toughness impacts on performance, wellbeing, aspirations and behaviour, making it the key element to focus on in personal development of apprentices.

The NHF Presents:

MOTIVATING YOUR TEAM - Guildford, on 7 October

Do you ever feel your team members aren't motivated and aren't really getting behind the salon business?

This event will help you to make your salon a place where staff love coming to work, feel passionate about what they do and genuinely want to be part of a successful business!

Learn how to:

  • Increase their motivation and get them to stay
  • Increase client retention
  • Increase sales and profits

Presented by Chris Amos, who is a qualified business coach and a successful salon owner himself. He is the co-founder and sole director of Chapters Hair Company, Bromsgrove established in 1986 which is listed as being in the top 1% of successful UK single salons.

Members £45 (early bird £35 ends Monday 23 September 2019) non-members £50
Event Details
Holiday Inn Guildford
Egerton Road

Event Date: 7 Oct 19 Start Time: 19:00 End Time: 21:00
Telephone: 01234 831965 Get in touch

Busting Myths: PAT Testing

It's a myth that all portable electrical appliances in a low-risk environment such as a hairdressing salon or office, need to have a portable appliance test (PAT) every year. The law simply requires employers to ensure electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger - it doesn't state what needs to be done or how often.

A revised leaflet from the HSE explains the simple and sensible precautions that need to be taken to prevent danger from portable or movable electrical equipment in low-risk environments such as hairdressing salons.

You can download a free copy of the leaflet 'Maintaining Portable Electrical Appliances in Low-Risk Environments' from the HSE website.

Congratulations! The Cutting Room, Knaphill.

The Cutting Room, Knaphill

Congratulations! to Vince and the team at The Cutting Room, Knaphill who recently scooped the Phorest Salon Software '5 Star Customer Salon Experience' award - for the third consecutive year. An awesome team achievement!

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

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

Bridget White - Inspirations, Woodley
Aaron Diaper - The Hair Lab, Basingstoke
Paula Druce - Inspirations, Wokingham
Laura Bardini - Capella, Frimley.

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

Katy Charge
Charlotte Harrison
Charlotte Pugh
Jorja Lee
Abbie-May Pilkington
Nicole Bradley-Sleet
Leah Burnham
Shannon O'Donnell
Lauren Grierson
Grace Fry

Congratulations! to the following learners who achieved their On-Programme Tasks in July:

Chloe Cobb
Lauren Pomphrey
Leah Burnham
Jorja Lee

Welcome! to the following learner who joined programme in July:

Jade Comb - Level 2 Hair Professional - The Colour House, Ascot

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

Millie AndersonSasha Austin
Francesca BarbaritoLauren Betts
Chloe BoothNicole Bradley-Sleet
Abigail BricknellLeah Burnham
Laura Byrne Katy Charge
Holly ChaulkLinsey Chilvers
Abigail Cuthbert Megan Forshaw
Emily FrancisGrace Fry
Simona Gagliardi Katelyn Hemmings
George HarrisJessica Hotston
Chloe Hornby Aaron Knetchl
Savannah KeenLucy Matthews
Rhiannon MannersKara Moore
Pippa McLarenChloe Newland
Amy MorrisAlysha O’Keefe
Lauren PomphreyJodie Poulter
Chloe PowerKatie Shreeve
Brodie ScottJemma Skudder
Emily SingletonEmily Stevenson
Rachel Smith Chloe Swain
Megan TaylorHolly Wall
Lilly Wilkins

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

Level 3 colour correction by Maddie Green - Arc, Basingstoke

 Maddie Green - Arc, Basingstoke

Short graduation by Robyn Giles - Inspirations, Wokingham

Robyn Giles - Inspirations, Wokingham

Hair-up by Holly Wall - Mova, Virginia Water

Holly Wall - Mova, Virginia Water

A range of completed looks by Emily-Jo Cooper - Mova, Staines

Emily-Jo Cooper - Mova, Staines

Emily-Jo Cooper - Mova, Staines

Emily-Jo Cooper - Mova, Staines

Colour correction by Nicole Bradley-Sleet - Leo Bancroft, Weybridge

Nicole Bradley-Sleet - Leo Bancroft, Weybridge

Before and after by Jemma Skudder - The Colour House

Jemma Skudder - The Colour House

'Pediculosis sounds like a Harry Potter spell for killing headlice!' Rhiannon Manners' original way to learn the Latin names for skin conditions!

Rhiannon Manners

Have a great month!

Lauren Pullen
Head of Provision
Inter Training Services Ltd
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