ITS a hair thing - February 2020

Welcome to the February issue of ITS a hair thing!

*IMPORTANT* Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS)

National Apprenticeship Week

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have confirmed providers will be granted permission to support Employers with managing their accounts, but Employers must first set up an account. Follow this YouTube link for guidance about creating an account and accepting the employer agreement on the digital apprenticeship service (DAS):

YouTube link

Making Impact, Not Tea!

National Apprenticeship Week 2020 takes place this month (3 - 9 February). The theme is 'Look Beyond' and supports the aims of the Fire It Up campaign in reaching out to and showcasing diversity in apprenticeships. The Government are encouraging everyone to look beyond the outdated stereotypes surrounding apprenticeships and to celebrate the diversity of opportunity and value that they bring to the country today.

Tackling outdated stereotypes
One of the most common misconceptions about apprenticeships amongst parents and young people is still that apprentices are 'just employed to make the tea'. Your support is vital to help parents and young people Look Beyond this myth, by showcasing all the fantastic and inspiring work that apprentices are doing, and the positive impact that they're making in your organisation. Today's apprentices are Making Impact, Not Tea.

How can you get involved?
The NAW 2020 Employer toolkit provides all the information you need to get involved with National Apprenticeship Week 2020. It includes information on this year's theme and the national campaign platform, as well as guidance for how you can join and drive the conversation on social media during The Week.

National Minimum Wage 2020

From 1 April, the apprentice minimum wage will rise by 6.4 per cent from £3.90 to £4.15.

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

Year25 and over21 to 2418 to 20Under 18Apprentice
April 2019 (current rate)£8.21£7.70£6.15£4.35£3.90
April 2020£8.72£8.20£6.45£4.55£4.15

Boris Johnson revealed the increase alongside his announcement that the National Living Wage would be rising from £8.21 to £8.72. He said this is the "biggest ever cash boost" to the minimum pay levels, and added that "hard work should always pay, but for too long, people haven't seen the pay rises they deserve".

Matthew Percival, the director of people and skills policy at the Confederation of British Industry, agreed that there is an "important balancing act" to setting the apprentice minimum wage as large increases can make it less affordable for some firms to continue their apprenticeship programmes.

However, he added that most apprentices are already paid "well above this rate" and the CBI's most recent survey showed that 63 per cent of employers plan to increase the size of their apprenticeship programmes, so April's increase is "unlikely to have a large impact on apprentice recruitment in 2020".

Partner Salon Network meeting

Invitations to attend the next Partner Salon Network Meeting on Monday 9th March have been sent to all. This event is for all In Salon Assessors and Employers.

Action for you: Please reply to ten/dtl-sti//ykceb to confirm whether you will be attending. We need to provide the hotel with numbers as soon as possible for catering purposes so please kindly RSVP by 27th February at the latest.

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

Registration will be from 5.30pm with the meeting starting at 6.00pm.

Level 3 legacy frameworks funding

Level 3 pre-existing legacy qualifications will cease to have funding for 16-18, 19+ and 24+ learners (including adult loans) from 1 August 2020. Withdrawing funding approval means that the ESFA will no longer fund any apprentices starting on these qualifications from 1 August 2020. Funding will continue for apprentices already signed on to programme prior to 1 August 2020. Alternative level 2 progression routes are available to apprentices and your Trainer/Assessor is able to offer further information, advice and guidance on these.

Involuntary Celibate Movement - 'Incels'

Here is a briefing from Counter Terrorism Policing on 'Incels'. Sadly, this is something that is becoming more prevalent.

What does incel stand for?
Incel stands for "involuntary celibate" - the name assumed by deeply misogynistic men who believe women are to blame for their lack of sexual intimacy. Incels often believe women should be verbally shamed and, in extreme, physically punished with sexual assault, rape or disfigurement. Coming together on internet communities such as Reddit, "incels" categorise society into two camps, the "Chads" (attractive men) and "femoids" or "Stacys" (attractive women who the Chads find attractive).

Incel background
A 25-year-old man drove into pedestrians in Toronto, Alex Minassian in April 20218 and was confirmed to be an incel. A Facebook post on his page was found saying: "The incel rebellion has already begun. We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys. All hail the supreme gentleman Elliot Rodger!" On 23 May 2014, in Isla Vista, California, 22-year-old mass shooter Elliot Rodger killed six people and identified as an incel in his notorious, 137-page manifesto released by the New York Times. Some incel communities have now held up Minassian as a hero to their cause. One poster wrote: "Spread that name, speak of his sacrifice for our cause, worship him for he gave his life for our future."

The apprentice 'On Programme tasks' are being updated to include information and raise awareness of the incel movement.

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

Congratulations! to Mark Prince - Hair Boutique, Cranleigh who received his Hair Professional certificate in January

Mark Prince - Hair Boutique, Cranleigh

Congratulations! to the apprentices at Mova Hairdressing, Staines who produced high standard entries for the salon's 'End of Year Presentation'.

Mova told us "the presentation is to showcase their skills, use of technique and theory behind them. The apprentices have to think about everything, from mood boards, dress code, cutting technique and presentation. The theme for the 2019 end of year presentation for 2019 was Gents".

The winner was Emily-Jo Copper for her 1920s/Peaky Blinders inspired theme.

Emily-Jo Copper's 1920s/Peaky Blinders inspired theme

Mova Hairdressing, Staines

Mova Hairdressing, Staines

Mova Hairdressing, Staines

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

Stone, Bournemouth
Studio One, Godalming

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

Jorja Lee
Alexia Carr
Annabel Yugin
Brodie Scott
Chloe Swain
Linsey Chilvers
Ellie Wing
Emily Cooper
Charlotte Pugh
Jemma Skudder
Leah Burnham
Sophie Knight
Madeline Green
Savannah Keen
Pippa McLaren

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

Chloe Power
Savannah Keen
Maisie Yeo
Lucy Matthews
Lilly Wilkins

Welcome! to the following learners who joined programme in January:

Paige Duncan
Leeya Hamlin
Hazel Webb

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

Ellie Wing - Glitterati, Weybridge

Ellie Wing - Glitterati, Weybridge

Chloe Hornby - Salon Sixteen, Petersfield

Chloe Hornby - Salon Sixteen, Petersfield

Chloe Thorne - Aveda, Guildford

Chloe Thorne - Aveda, Guildford

Charlotte Pugh - Inspirations, Woodley

Charlotte Pugh - Inspirations, Woodley

Grace Harwood - Box, Basingstoke

Grace Harwood - Box, Basingstoke

Danielle Butler - Pure Hair, Lightwater

Danielle Butler - Pure Hair, Lightwater

Lily Murphy - Pure Hair, Lightwater

Lily Murphy - Pure Hair, Lightwater

Annabel Capel - Remington Harrow, Farnham

Annabel Capel - Remington Harrow, Farnham

Have a great month!

Lauren Pullen
Head of Provision
Inter Training Services Ltd
Mobile: 07875 303317
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