ITS a hair thing - January 2022
Happy New Year! and welcome to the January issue of ITS a hair thing!
End Point Assessment success!
Team ITS extends huge congratulations to the following apprentices who passed their End Point Assessments in December:
Leah, Leo Bancroft (Distinction)
Grace, Velvet Rooms 4 Hair (Distinction)
Hire a new apprentice incentive
As you may already be aware, the Government announced an extension to the hire a new apprentice incentive scheme. To be eligible for the £3000 incentive, apprentices need to have been employed between 1st October 2021 and 31st January and have signed up to their apprenticeship by 31st March.
Please be aware that there is a process of checking and validating apprenticeship eligibility, a skills check and prior learning assessment to fit in ahead of any sign up. Therefore, if you have an apprentice currently on who was employed after 1st October, we suggest you ask them to complete the ITS application form asap to ensure we can schedule a skills check in January/February for a sign up to occur in February/March (ahead of the deadline to claim the incentive).
Comfortable in front of a camera? We need you!
We are asking apprentices, employers, and In-Salon Assessors to record a short video to tell us: what they like and enjoy about working with ITS; the positives of being an apprentice; the value of having apprentices in your salons and the benefits of choosing ITS as a provider!
Key things to think about are:
- Benefits of being an ITS apprentice/employer/ISA
- Positive relationships made with ITS staff members
- Information, advice, and guidance received from ITS
Any video clips submitted will be shared on our social media pages and included within our marketing material.
So, if you'd like to contribute, then please send your video by email to ten/dtl-sti//nimda or to your allocated Trainer/Assessor.
Information, Advice and Guidance
Did you know you can find information about topics such as anxiety, depression, relaxation and support on our website?
As a result of the feedback that we have received from our apprentices and employers, we have created this page in order to provide you with a one-stop shop containing information about these topics, plus many more!
Boost your business with social media support!
Many of you will be familiar with Phil Collins who heads-up the ever growing, upbeat HairUncut Facebook group - THE place for hairdressers and salons owners to meet, share and discuss all things hairdressing.
Phil is a social media guru and provides tailored support for salons - helping them to raise their online profile to boost both footfall and brand. Phil has worked successfully with a several of our partner salons and can be contacted on the number below if you are interested in having a chat about kick-starting 2022 with a social media glow-up!
COVID-19: Additional support in England for businesses who have been impacted
On 21 December 2021, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced that additional support would be available for businesses that the Omicron Variant has impacted.
HM Treasury has confirmed that hair & beauty businesses are eligible for:
- £100 million boost to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) fund for local authorities in England. Local Authorities will have the discretion to allocate this funding to businesses most in need.
- Reintroduction of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (SSPRS) - the SSPRS will help small and medium-sized employers - those with fewer than 250 employees - by reimbursing them for the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for Covid-related absences, for up to 2 weeks per employee.
This scheme will be reintroduced from mid-January 2022.
COVID-19 self-isolation update
The self-isolation period for (vaccinated) people testing positive has changed from ten to seven days, following two negative LFD tests taken 24 hours apart.
Further information can be found here.
NHBF snap poll demonstrates urgent need for access to financial support
A snap poll by the NHBF has demonstrated the urgent need for local authorities in England to process applications from hair & beauty salons and barbershops for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), as quickly as possible. During December, around 50% of hair & beauty businesses lost between 21-50% of revenue, with around 20% losing a staggering 50-100%.
This is the result of a startling fall-away in business mid-December, with 30% of booked appointments cancelled and walk-in trade falling to 19% of what was expected. Salons and barbershops reported clients cancelling appointments due to confusion and nervousness around the transmission of the Omicron variant or the effects of either staff or client illness. This is potentially a major blow as December is traditionally the busiest month of the year which then supports businesses through the quieter January/February period.
The NHBF welcomed the Chancellor's announcement of increased ARG financial support for all businesses struggling due to the impact of the pandemic, but feedback from Members during the lockdown earlier this year suggested that many hair & beauty salons and barbershops were knocked back by their local authority for not being eligible. HM Treasury has confirmed to the NHBF that salons and barbershops in England are entitled to the ARG.
Richard Lambert, NHBF chief executive, says, "This isn't about asking government to bail out a failing industry - pre–Covid, the sector was in the top three fastest growing parts of the retail sector. It's about supporting previously profitable businesses, owned or managed primarily by women, employing a high percentage of females and young people. If local authorities don't make this extra funding available to hair & beauty salons or barbershops in their area, these businesses will close, with a huge impact on the local economy as well as on the health and well-being of the community."
The NHBF has written to Paul Scully MP, Minister for small business and the personal care sector, to ask for help in urging local authorities to ensure that the ARG fund is made available to hair & beauty businesses struggling, and to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, to consider more targeted financial help if the situation does not improve.
Hair & Beauty salons and barbershops can find their local authority here.
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 December:
Congratulations! to the following apprentices who reached gateway in December:
Congratulations! to the following apprentices who are on track to achieve timely:
Welcome! to the following apprentices who have joined programme in December:
Ellie Wing - L3 ACHP
Maisie Yeo - L3 ACHP
Apprentice of the month!
Another month of incredible talent! and once again, an extremely hard task to select this month's winner. Team ITS extends huge congratulations to Ellie from Glitterati (slide number 13) who has been voted Apprentice of the Month!
Have a great month!
Head of Provision
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