ITS a hair thing - December 2019

Welcome to the December issue of ITS a hair thing!

End Point Assessment success

End Point Assessment success!

Our first cohort of learners completed their EPA at Guildford College on Tuesday 5 November.  The day ran smoothly with all learners completing on time 😊.  We are absolutely DELIGHTED to report that four learners achieved a DISTINCTION!  Huge congratulations to the following learners:

  • Leah Noble - Salon Sixteen, Petersfield
  • Jessie Prior - Salon Sixteen, Petersfield
  • Lauryn Griffiths - Salon Sixteen, Petersfield
  • Mark Prince - Hair Boutique, Cranleigh

Here's some feedback and tips from our learners following their experience of EPA:

" I felt I was well prepared”

"All information I needed was provided for me”

"The only surprise was the oral questioning all being one-to-one at the end”

"I would just treat it as a normal day in the salon”

A few snapshots from the day:

EPA at Guildford College

EPA at Guildford College

Children and young people's mental health

The Children's Society has published a report looking at children and young people's views of mental health support, and where they  would go for help if they had concerns about their feelings or behaviours. Findings from questions in The Children's Society's annual household survey of children aged 10 to 17 from almost 2,400 households in England, Scotland and Wales show that: 58% said that they had asked for help because of concerns about their feelings and behaviours whereas 8% of young people indicated they had not sought help even though they did have worries; of those who said they had asked for help, 77% said they had gone to close family such as siblings or parents, followed by 38% who were helped by friends and 36% who were supported by an adult at school such as a teacher.

Read the news story:Half a million children not seeking help for mental health issues
Read the report:Reaching out: children and young people's views of mental health support (PDF)

Partner Salon Network meeting

There will be two PSN meetings in 2020.  All are very welcome and strongly encouraged to attend. It is a City and Guild's requirement that in-salon assessors attend a minimum of one meeting per annum to meet standardisation guidelines, it is also the perfect opportunity to gain CPD support from Simone.

*Save the dates now:

  • Monday 9 March 2020
  • Tuesday 29 September 2020

matrix Standard ITS celebrated success last Monday in the form of our matrix Standard Year 1 CIC (continuous improvement check). The matrix Standard is a unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.  Assessor - Kevin Smith, praised our 'positive approach' and described our provision as 'a cut above' - here's a few draft highlights:

"ITS achieved an incredible result, given that learners were placed under strain by the conditions imposed by EPA provider.”

"The screenshot provided illustrates the development in this area effectively. Soft skills are highly important in the hairdressing industry e.g. communication and confidence, and ITS rightly deems these 'transferable skills'.”

"It is good the way ITS ensures the information it is providing to learners who may need support is quality assured by Mind, and relevant to matrix standards.”

Young people are being put off jobs in hairdressing due to "dumb" stereotypes, stylists have warned

Figures show the number of hairdressing apprentices in Wales has fallen by 40% since 2012-13. Celebrity stylist Ken Picton said colleges, careers advisers and politicians needed to stop treating beauty as an "unintelligent" industry. The Welsh Government said it was working with businesses to align skills with the needs of the economy. The health and beauty sector contributes an estimated £6.6bn a year to the UK economy, of which up to £237m is in Wales, according to data in an industry report this year.

But, according to the report, some working in the sector feel "side-lined" by policy makers and want teachers and careers advisors to be better informed.

Hair and beauty industry in numbers

Figures for 2017

£194 - £237m contribution to the Welsh economy
About 15,000 people are employed in Wales in the sector
86% are women
14% are men
6% of business owners are under 25, double the UK average

Technically, anyone can cut or colour hair in the UK as the industry is not regulated but the vast majority will get a National Vocation Qualification (NVQ), either via college or an apprenticeship.

Foundation level hairdressing apprentices - the most basic training level - fell in Wales from 625 in 2012-13, to 375 in 2017-18.

Mr Picton, president of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing, has worked with stars including Kate Moss and Tina Turner.

But he worries some people think of it as an "easy job" or a fast way to become a celebrity.

"There's a real art to hairdressing - it's not just about cutting hair - and that takes time and a lot of education," he said.

Mr Picton said some thought the industry was "unintelligent" and attitudes towards creative industries needed to change.

"Sadly these days intelligence is judged on academic results, at no point are they judged on their social skills or their creativity."

Apprentice Holly Jenkins, 17, from Cardiff, did well in her GCSEs and planned to go to sixth form to study maths, psychology and English before going to university. She applied for a place in Mr Picton's salon after falling in love with hairdressing during a summer job.

" only talk about your maths jobs, English jobs, they don't talk about creative jobs or where you could end up," she said. Full article here.

Health and safety statistics 2019

HSE have published the latest statistics on work-related health and safety in Great Britain, including the following key annual figures (2018/19):

  • 1.4 million working people suffering from work-related ill health
  • 2,526 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2017)
  • 147 workers killed at work
  • 581,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
  • 69,208 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
  • 28.2 million working days lost due to work-related ill health and workplace injury
  • £15 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2017/18)

The release provides detailed commentary on these figures and is supported by:

  • The Statistics webpages, with a range of information e.g. on different types of work-related ill-health and different industry sectors.
  • A comprehensive set of tables, designed to make the data accessible to users.
  • Annual infographic-style summary booklet.

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

Congratulations! to the following in-salon assessor's who have returned their completed 2019-20 CPD plan to Simone:

Lizzie Norris, Danielle Howell, Hollie Bell, Amy Hendon, Rebecca Garrard, Jackie Stranney, Rachel Higginson ,Kylie Paterson, Ben Telford, Marc Davidson, Kay Bolton, Galina Sarbeva, Laura Bardini, Victoria Hinton, Josie Reventa, Emily Daws, Bridget White, Hilary Knight, Richard Stone, Louise Bowman & Lucy Wild.

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

Lilly Wilkins
Grace Harwood
Jorja Lee
Sasha Austin
Chloe Thorne
Katy Charge
Katherine Currie
Thea Garguilo
Lauren Pomphrey
Lauren Grierson
Kara Moore
Emily Singleton
Abigail Bricknell
Chloe Hornby
Jessica Rosewarne
Jemma Skudder

Congratulations! to the following learners who achieved their On Programme Tasks in November

Millie Anderson

Welcome! to the following learners who joined programme in November

Trinity Hewlett - Level 2 - Stone
Chloe Last - Level 2 - Studio One
Jayne Woollett - Level 2 - The Salon
Chelsea Lovegrove - Level 2 - Perfections
Grace Bonner - Level 2 - Velvet Room 4 Hair

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

Elisa Dos Santos (ITS) at Luca M Hair, Addlestone
Emily Daws - Perfections, Yateley
Lizzie Norris - Aveda Mary-Ann Weeks, Guildford
Lauren Pullen (ITS) at Remington Harrow, Farnham

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

Holly ChaulkChloe Swain
Chloe PowerChloe Hornby
Jessica RosewarneSavannah Keen
Francesca BarbaritoAlisha O'Keefe
Laura ByrneRhiannon Manner
Katie ShreeveIsabelle Martin
Pippa McLarenNicole Bradley Sleet
Abigail BricknellMegan Taylor
Masie YeoRachel Smith
Madeline GreenLinsey Chilvers
Grace AhmadKara Green
Abigail CuthbertMillie Anderson
Grace FryLeah Burnham
Jodie PoulterKatie Currie

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

Jess Rosewarne - Salon Sixteen, Petersfield

Jess Rosewarne - Salon Sixteen, Petersfield

Lauren Grierson -Perfection Hair Salon, Yateley

Lauren Grierson -Perfection Hair Salon, Yateley

Sasha Austin - Perfection, Yateley

Sasha Austin - Perfection, Yateley

Chloe Hornby – Salon Sixteen, Petersfield

Chloe Hornby – Salon Sixteen, Petersfield

Trinity Hewlett – Stone, Bournemouth

Trinity Hewlett – Stone, Bournemouth

Ellie Wing - Glitterati, Weybridge

Ellie Wing - Glitterati, Weybridge

Chloe Power - The Cutting Room, Knaphill

Chloe Power - The Cutting Room, Knaphill

Hollie-Mae Battenburg - Nizam and Team, Leatherhead

Hollie-Mae Battenburg - Nizam and Team, Leatherhead

Katelyn Hemmings - Remington Harrow, Farnham

Katelyn Hemmings - Remington Harrow, Farnham

Merry Christmas Team ITS would like to wish our fabulous partner salons a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. Thank you for your valued support and we look forward to working together in 2020!

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

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