ITS a hair thing - January 2020

Welcome to the January issue of ITS a hair thing! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas break and would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!

Access to the Digital Apprenticeship Service for SMEs (small-to-medium enterprise)

Further to our recent communication regarding the implementation of the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS), the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) have confirmed from January 2020, SMEs who don't pay the apprenticeship levy will have full access to the benefits of the ESFA's digital apprenticeship service.

Benefits of the digital apprenticeship service

Previously available only to levy employers, full access to the digital apprenticeship service allows you to:

  • Reserve apprenticeship funding
  • Select a suitable apprenticeship standard and end point assessment organisation
  • Select a suitable provider from the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) to deliver your training
  • Advertise an apprenticeship vacancy
  • Give real-time feedback on the quality of training provision you receive
  • Have greater control over the amount of funding paid to your training provider on your behalf.

Additional funding for non-levy apprenticeships

New non-levy apprenticeship starts between January and March 2020 will be funded from an additional budget that has been made available to support the transition. This budget will allow for up to 15,000 new apprenticeship starts during the first three months of 2020.

The additional budget can only be used to fund the new, employer-designed apprenticeship standards (not frameworks).

Existing non-levy contracts

During the transition period you'll still be able to use training providers with procured non-levy contracts. From April 2020 the ESFA will extend existing non-levy contracts for both new and continuing apprentices, so this will also remain a route for SMEs looking to access apprenticeship funding.

Next steps for SMEs

The ESFA is currently hosting a series of webinars about the digital apprenticeship service and how you can get involved. Visit their website for more information on how to register for your Digital account and future webinars. You can also access past recordings via this site.

ITS needs you!

ITS needs you!

Did you know that a whopping 92% of consumers will believe a recommendation from friends and family over any other type of advertising? That's a pretty huge number and is proof of just how important word-of-mouth recommendations are, especially when it comes to SME businesses!

Over the last 6 months ITS have successfully engaged 4 new Partner Salons as a direct result of your word-of-mouth recommendations - this is amazing, and we want this kind of positive lead to continue, so we are asking you, our existing Partner Salons, to keep talking and recommending ITS!

If you are happy with the training and services we provide, there are some key things you can do to help us:

  • Do you know another salon owner unhappy with their current training provider? Tell them about ITS - share a positive experience and explain why YOU choose us over any other training provider!
  • Be proud to promote us and your apprentices' work by using the hashtag: #ITSapprentice and tagging us when sharing pictures of your apprentices' work on your social media pages and we will promote and share in return.

Let's root for each other and watch each other grow!

National Apprenticeship Week 2020

ITS needs you!

National Apprenticeship Week 2020 takes place in February, and we are delighted to announce that The Week has been extended to include Saturday and Sunday (now 3 - 9 February), giving greater opportunity for the apprenticeships community to get involved.

The theme of The Week is 'Look Beyond' and supports the aims of the Fire It Up campaign in reaching out to and showcasing diversity in apprenticeships.

A series of toolkits are now available on GOV.UK - with unique toolkits to support employers, apprentices, teachers and parents with their #NAW2020 planning.

Employment law changes in 2020

Parental bereavement leave rights take effect
The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 is expected to come into force in April 2020. This will entitle employees to a period of leave following the death of a child under the age of 18 or a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy. Employees with 26 weeks' continuous service will be entitled to paid leave at the statutory rate and other employees will be entitled to unpaid leave.

Extension of the right to a written statement to all workers
From 6 April 2020, employers must give all workers (not just employees) a written statement of particulars from their first day of employment. This is a change from the current position under which employers must issue the statement to employees within their first two months of employment. Employers should begin to prepare the statements at the recruitment stage, ensuring that all the required content is included.

Increase in the holiday pay reference period from 12 weeks to 52 weeks
The reference period for the purpose of calculating holiday pay for workers with irregular hours will change from 12 to 52 weeks. From 6 April 2020, employers will need to look back over the past 52 weeks, discarding any weeks that a worker did not earn pay, to calculate their average weekly pay.

Following the EU's agreement to extend the date of the UK's withdrawal from the EU to 31 January 2020, employers should continue to keep up to date with developments. While there is still much uncertainty about Brexit, there are practical steps that HR can take. These include writing to employees who are European Economic Area (EEA) nationals to urge them to apply for settled or presettled status, so that they can remain living and working in the UK indefinitely.

IR35 changes for the private sector
Reforms to the intermediaries legislation (IR35) in the public sector are due be extended to medium and large private-sector employers from 6 April 2020. Responsibility for determining if IR35 applies to independent contractors will shift to the organisation engaging the individual. The rules are aimed at reducing tax avoidance for off-payroll contractors employed via personal service companies. Employers should review the contracts and pay arrangements for their contractors to determine how the new rules will affect them.

Further information from Xpert HR can be found here.

In-Salon Assessor CPD 2019/20 - guidance from Simone Diges, Lead IQA

Thank you to those who have now completed and returned their CPD plan for the year 2019/20.

ACTION: If you have not returned your completed CPD Plan for 2019/20, please submit to ten/dtl-sti//enomisno later than 14th January 2020.

Please be reminded there will be two Partner Salon Network meetings in 2020:

  • Monday 9th March 2020
  • Tuesday 9th September 2020

I kindly request that your additional CPD documentation is submitted to ten/dtl-sti//enomis as follows:


  • 30 hours completed CPD reflection for hairdressing no later than 20th March 2020.
  • 20 hours completed CPD training courses/ meetings attended no later than 20th June 2020.

Your continued support in meeting these City and Guilds requirements is much appreciated and it is hoped that by providing you with this staged timeline of completion dates, it will help to relieve any undue pressure in completing CPD records at the last minute. TOP TIP: some in-salon assessors find it useful to add these dates to their Outlook calendars or set an alert on their phone.

Simone Diges, Lead IQA, Assessor & Trainer

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

Congratulations! to the apprentices from Pure Hair, Lightwater who took part in a Morrocanoil competition in December. Check out their 'before and after' competition entries:

Megan Taylor

Megan Taylor

Lily Murphy

Lily Murphy

Danielle Butler

Danielle Butler

Val Hunt of Pure Hair, Lightwater had this to say:

"Our 'before and after' competition was judged today by our Moroccanoil Consultant, Helen. Lily Murphy was the winner of a Moroccanoil bag full of products and hair tools and £100! All three girls made a huge effort and all entries were phenomenal. It wasn't an easy competition to judge because the standard was so high."

Congratulations to Lily, Danielle and Megan - awesome work

Congratulations to Lily, Danielle and Megan

Congratulations! to our partner salon - Amandege, Weybridge who celebrated 5 years of trading last month

Amandege, Weybridge

Congratulations! to the apprentices at Salon Sixteen, Petersfield who received their City and Guilds Certificates in December!

Salon Sixteen, Petersfield

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

Jessica Rosewarne
Grace Fry
Emily Singleton
Chloe Power
Lilly Wilkins
Megan Taylor
Laura Byrne

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

Kaci Hill – Level 2 – Box Hairdressing
Bethany Morono – Level 2 – Box Hairdressing
Jodie Barkes - Level 2 – Bluebells Hair & Beauty
Nicole Guimaraes – Level 3 - Frank Di Lusso
Seleka Hewlett-Gathercole – Level 2 – Frank Di Lusso

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

Holly ChaulkMadeline Green
Chloe PowerJessica Rosewarne
Francesca BarbaritoLaura Byrne
Katie ShreeveLily Murphy
Maisie YeoGrace Ahmad
Chloe SwainAbigail Cuthbert
Abigail BricknellAlysha O’Keefe
Danielle ButlerRhiannon Manners
Pippa McLarenJodie Poulter
Chloe HornbyLeah Burnham
Savannah Keen 

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

Abigail Bricknell - Charlie Brown Hairdressing

Abigail Bricknell - Charlie Brown Hairdressing

Apprentices at Charlie Brown Hairdressing working collaboratively to prepare for their online assessments

Charlie Brown Hairdressing

Have a great month!

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

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