ITS a hair thing - December 2020

Welcome to the December issue of ITS a hair thing!

We hope the range of activities made available to apprentices during 'lockdown 2.0' were enjoyed by all and thank you to those partner salons who were able to accommodate face to face visits – these were a great success! Our special thanks to Leanne Humphries (Velvet Rooms 4 Hair) for facilitating two engaging Zoom sessions.

What a roller-coaster of a year it has been! We cannot let the year end before thanking each and every one of you for pulling together with us as a team, to secure the best outcomes for our apprentices. As small business owners - resilience, will, hope and (finances!) have undoubtedly been tested throughout the pandemic and it is testament to you, as members of this fantastic industry, that you have prevailed. We are delighted to see our partner salons be able to open their doors again in December and hope you have a great month working your magic around the clock– doing what you do best 'behind the chair'.

ITS Office Christmas Closure

The ITS admin team are available between 9.00 and 16.30, Monday to Friday throughout December.

The office will close for the Christmas period on 22nd December and will reopen at 9am on Monday 4th January 2021.

It's a girl!

Team ITS are delighted to share the good news that our Trainer/Assessor - Elisa Dos-Santos gave birth to baby Amelia on 13th November @ 15:39 weighing 8lbs 13oz. Both mum and baby Amelia are doing well.

Apprenticeship Service

Huge thank you to the following partner salons that set up their accounts and gave us permission to add apprentice details on your behalf:

Velvet Rooms 4 Hair
Mova (Staines)
Mova (Virginia Water)
Charlie Brown

Incentive scheme for new apprentices - August 2020 to January 2021


You will recall the Government's incentive for employers that employed new apprentices was announced in July.

As we have explained, the new incentive will be paid directly to you by the Government and the only way you will receive the incentive payments is by making a claim via your apprenticeship service account. Only YOU can do this. We do not have access to this facility to do it for you.

If you have an apprentice on the apprenticeship service that meet's the eligibility criteria below, you need to start thinking about making your claim.


How to claim
The ESFA have created a step-by-step video on how to apply. Click here to watch the YouTube video.

A copy of this article with be sent directly to all employers with apprentices on the apprenticeship service to ensure you see this important message.

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

If you already have an In-Salon Assessor (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 will not 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 three 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 did not have an ISA.

Please see the tables below which sets out the differences for the Level 2 Hair Professional and the Level 3 Advanced and Creative 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
16-18 Level 3 Advanced & Creative Hair Professionalnilnilnilnilnil£1,000
19+ Level 3 Advanced & Creative Hair Professional£225nilnilnilniln/a

*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
16-18 Level 3 Advanced & Creative Hair Professionalnilnilnilnilnil£1,000
19+ Level 3 Advanced & Creative Hair Professional£250nilnilnilniln/a

*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:

January 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 January 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, 21st January 2021
    Workshop 2 – Monday, 1st March 2021
    Workshop 3 – Monday, 12th April 2021
  • 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!

*New* In-Salon Assessor virtual CPD for standardisation

Due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19, we were unable to hold our Partner Salon Network meeting in October. To support you with standardisation, we have created a two-part standardisation series for Unit 201, accessible via our YouTube channel:

Thank you to those ISAs who have already returned their completed standardisation CPD plan to Simone and a reminder to those who have not yet done so to return to ten/dtl-sti//enomis as soon as possible please.

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 apprentices who achieved their On Programme Tasks in November:

Jayne Woollett
Jodie Barkes
Trinity Hewlett

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

Holly Chaulk
Phoebe Hunt
Chloe Last
Jessica Rosewarne
Maddison Willoughby
Chloe Thorne
Chloe Swain
Jane Woollett
Jodie Barkes
Trinity Hewlett
Katie Shreeve
Emily Tropia
Simona Gagliardi
Emily Cooper
Chloe Booth
Katy Charge
Ella Hay
Emma Freeman
Laura Wentworth
Hollie-Mae Battenburg

Welcome! to the following apprentices who joined programme in December:

Kaci Austen
Daniella Dent
Kailea Poole
Kristin Dakova
Elise Carey
Bethany Milburn
Lucy Titheridge
Pia Tammon Jones
Erin Sharpin

Congratulations! to the following apprentices who are on track to achieve timely:

Emma Freeman
Taylor Arentsen
Laura Wentworth
Thea Smith
Poppy Hebberd
Jessica Gadbury
Kiera Bancroft
Halle Beck
Ella Lomas
Danielle Butler
Lily Murphy

Congratulations! to the following apprentices who reached Gateway in November:

Chloe Swain
Chloe Thorne
Simona Gagliardi
Maddison Willoughby
Emily Tropia
Emily-Jo Cooper
Holly Chaulk
Sophie Horner
Jessica Rosewarne

Apprentice of the month!

Apprentice of the month

WOW! November didn't disappoint in generating a spectacular showcase of apprentice talent and selecting this month's winner was a huge challenge once more! With much deliberation, Team ITS extends huge congratulations to Megan from Emotive who has been voted November's Apprentice of the Month!



Don't forget to like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram to keep up to speed with next month's entries 😊.

Here's the full portfolio of entries!

Please note – the numbering system was to ensure a fair voting platform and does not relate to 'placings'.

Number 1Number 2Number 3Number 4Number 5Number 6Number 7Number 8Number 9Number 10Number 11Number 12Number 13Number 14Number 15Number 16Number 17Number 18Number 19Number 20Number 21

Wishing you all a very merry and well-earned Christmas – here's to a brighter 2021!

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

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