ITS a hair thing - February 2019

Welcome to the February issue of ITS a hair thing! We're looking forward to welcoming you to the Partner Salon Network meeting on Tuesday 12th February, being held at our **NEW VENUE**

Partner Salon Network meeting

You are warmly invited to attend the next Partner Salon Network Meeting on Tuesday 12th February. These meeting are for in-salon assessors and employers. It is important that employers attend, particularly if you do not have an in-salon assessor. You risk missing key messages by not attending.

Hog's Back Hotel and Spa
GU10 1EX
Tel: 01252 782345

Registration will be from 5.30pm with the meeting starting at 6.00pm and closing 8.30pm. Please see the agenda.

Advanced and Creative Hair Professional employer consultation

The Institute for Apprenticeships has now released information about the 'Advanced and Creative Hair Professional' which is proposed as a 12 month Level 3 progression route for learners who have completed the Hair Professional Standard. There is no qualification for this apprenticeship and learners must achieve level 2 maths and English prior to taking the end-point assessment.

We are seeking your feedback on the likelihood of you signing your learner(s) on to the Advanced and Creative Hair Professional based on the proposed employer costs and training requirements as outlined below. Your feedback will help us to inform whether we will look at alternative progression routes. Please take a moment to give us your feedback on these proposals via the Survey Monkey link here.

At this stage, costings are approximate due to several factors, but an estimation is provided below:


Apprentice wage 12 months @ 40 hours a week £8112 per annum
After first 12 months based on 18-20 wage £1067 per annum
Employer contribution between £1700 - 2500
Payment of EPA resit costs (if applicable) £800

The Institute for Apprenticeships has created an occupational profile describing the personal and professional skills of the Advanced and Creative Hair Professional:

Occupational profile

Advanced and Creative Hair Professionals are creative, passionate, and driven professionals who work without supervision, managing themselves and others when required. They provide a quality service, whilst working to the highest standards and continuously developing their personal and professional skills

An Advanced and Creative Hair Professional:

  • demonstrates professionalism by maintaining confidentiality and discretion
  • researches fashion forward trends, using the results to create, plan and promote a collection of hairstyle looks that reflects their own individuality
  • analyses the factors that influence the design and creation of the collection of hairstyle looks, including the target audience
  • designs a range of looks to create a fashion forward collection of hairstyle looks
  • maintains effective and safe methods of working
  • uses and adapt a range of sectioning and cutting guidelines, creative and precision techniques and technical skills to create and enhance the collection of hairstyle looks
  • carries out precision and personalised cutting tailored to individual client characteristics
  • formulates imaginative creative advanced colour conversion services to change the depth and tone of the hair
  • uses a range of creative finishing and dressing techniques, advanced creative colouring techniques to enhance the collection of hairstyle looks
  • presents, showcases and promotes their skills though their collection of hairstyle looks via a variety of media types and platforms
  • provides a smoothing strengthening service to clients
  • carries out in-depth consultation and complex analysis of the hair
  • uses and applies the products, tools and equipment, in accordance with legal requirements, manufacturers' instructions and salon policy
  • provides advice on future services and products
  • evaluates the results of the service to improve further practice

Government 'Fire it Up' campaign

A new government campaign that aims to "shift deeply held views” on apprenticeships has been launched.

The 'Fire It Up' campaign will promote the benefits of apprenticeships to young people, parents and employers through a series of adverts on national TV and social media, featuring real-life apprentices.

Off-the-job Training

What counts as Off-the-Job training? Here's a helpful chart from the National Apprenticeship Service that offers guidance:

Off-the-job Training

Women to be given more rights after maternity leave, says the NHF/NBF

The government has announced new plans to give more protection against redundancy for pregnant women and new parents when they return to work after having children. A consultation has been launched on proposals to extend the legal protection against redundancy which pregnant women and new mothers already have if they are employees or 'workers'. The additional protection would continue for up to 6 months after they return to work.

Under UK law, women are entitled to up to 52 weeks of maternity leave, 39 weeks of which are paid.

The new proposals won't apply to self-employed women. They don't receive Statutory Maternity Pay but can claim Maternity Allowance of up to £145.18 a week (or 90% of their average weekly earnings, whichever is lower) for a maximum of 39 weeks. Like Statutory Maternity Pay, the rate is set to increase to £148.68 a week from April 2019. However, recent research has shown that the average self-employed mother takes just 23 weeks off work as maternity leave, instead of the full 39 weeks.

It's Not OK: resources about positive relationships.

It's Not OK helps young people recognise concerning behaviour and identify characteristics of positive relationships. The NSPCC have designed a range of free, films and accompanying activities to cover what behaviour to look out for and how to respond to it.

It's Not OK reinforces the importance of building and maintaining positive relationships and recognising and responding to behaviour relating to:

  • online safety
  • grooming
  • sexting
  • harmful sexual behaviour
  • child sexual abuse
  • child sexual exploitation.

Follow the link to the online resources.

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

ITS extends a warm welcome to the following partner salons:

Sorella Hair & Beauty, Woking
dlo Hairdressing, Guildford

Congratulations! to the following learner who achieved her framework in January:

Katie Dunsby - Level 2 - Capella, Frimley

Congratulations! to the following learner who achieved her On Programme Tasks in January:

Paige Napier - Level 2 - The Establishment, Farnham

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

Mark Prince Leah Noble
Katelyn Hemmings Aaron Knechtl
Jasmine Stone Thea Garguilo
Jorja Lee Rhianna Beckingham
Kate Lamb George Harris
Jasmine Joyce Emily Stevenson
Jemma Skudder Megan Deutsch
Ferne Barber Jodie Forster
Ellie Wing Lauren Grierson
Lauren Grainger Abbie-May Pilkington
Emily-Jo Cooper Grace Harwood
Robyn Giles Simona Gagliardi
Maddison Willoughby Grace Fry
Lauryn Griffiths Summer Monks
Emily Singleton Jessie Prior

Thank you! To the following In-Salon Assessor who accommodated an IQA visit from Simone Diges in January :

Bridget White (Inspirations Hair and Beauty, Woodley)
Louise Bowman, Hilary Knight and Richard Stone (Studio One, Godalming)

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

Ferne Barber
Grace Fry
Rebecca Pratt

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

Knowledge is key! (Maddison Willoughby, Leo Bancroft)

Maddison Willoughby, Leo Bancroft

Top tip for securing knowledge - write it down! (Chloe Thorne, Mary Ann Weeks, Guildford)

Chloe Thorne, Mary Ann Weeks, Guildford

Top set! (Mark Prince, Hair Boutique, Cranleigh)

Mark Prince, Hair Boutique, Cranleigh

Maths in action! (Annabel Yugin, Mova, Virginia Water)

Annabel Yugin, Mova, Virginia Water

Practice is the road to perfection (Hair Lab, Basingstoke)

Hair Lab, Basingstoke

Sassy re-style! (Katelyn Hemmings, Remington Harrow, Farnham)

Katelyn Hemmings, Remington Harrow, Farnham

We look forward to seeing you on the 12th February!

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

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