ITS a Hair Thing - June 2023

Welcome to the June issue of ITS a hair thing!

End Point Assessment Success!


Congratulations! to Maddison from Dare Hairdressing, Hollie from Hair Lab and Thea from Pure Hair who have all successfully passed their EPA!

Raising standards and funding for apprenticeships in the hairdressing and barbering industries

The Hairdressing Professional and Barbering Apprenticeship Standards at level 2 have finally been approved by the Secretary of State for Education for delivery by the Institute for apprenticeships and technical education, with a substantial increase in the funding band, which will help restore apprenticeships.

The original hair professional standard, which covered both hairdressing and barbering as optional pathways, this standard has now been split into two apprenticeship standards:

The Hairdressing Professional at Level 2 has been given a revised funding (band 14) of £11,000, an increase of £4,000 per apprentice, and the Barbering Professional at Level 2 has been given a revised funding (band 12) of £9,000, an increase of £2,000 per apprentice (FOR ENGLAND ONLY).

April 2023 State of Industry survey shows return to positivity

Despite the challenging economic climate with double-digit inflation, the latest National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) quarterly survey demonstrates a return by the industry to the positivity that we previously saw in spring/summer 2022.

More businesses have reported making a small or good profit (43%); 38% of businesses are breaking even, with fewer businesses (19%) making a small or substantial loss.

The general trend towards increasing prices is slowing. Over the previous three months, 64% of businesses raised their prices. A further 51% will do so over the next three months.

Read the full report here.

Education Committee report on the future of post-16 qualifications

The House of Commons Education Committee's report on the future of post-16 qualifications was published on Friday, 28 April.

The main themes of the report cover the Government's major reforms of the further education sector since 2019, including the rollout of T Levels (a technical alternative to A-Levels), the withdrawal of funding from Applied General Qualifications, the role of apprenticeships and proposals for requiring 16-to-18-year-olds to study maths.

Here are some of the recommendations found in the report that will help the hair and beauty sector:

  • The Department for Education must set an ambitious target for at least three-quarters of young people to be qualified to level 3 by 2030.
  • On T Levels, the Department for Education (DfE) must work with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) to clearly map and publish progression opportunities for T Level students.
  • The Department must improve recognition of T Levels among students, parents and employers through a T Level awareness campaign that raises the profile of the new qualification at both a national and local level.
  • The Department must set out how it will address the long-term decline in apprenticeship starts among young people and ensure apprenticeships are the gold-standard 'earn and learn' option for school and college leavers. The Department must commission an independent review to examine possible mechanisms to achieve this, for example, considering how levy reform could effectively incentivise an increase in apprenticeship starts among younger and lower-skilled learners.
  • Subject to positive evaluation, the Department must expand the flexi-job apprenticeship scheme with an ambition to support 5,000 apprentices on the scheme by 2025. The Department must maintain a particular focus on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to share apprentices. This will help ease pressure on SMEs by removing the requirement for a full 12-month training commitment. The Department must continue to work closely with trade unions, employers and other stakeholders to ensure fair pay and just terms and conditions for apprenticeships.

Advanced and Creative Hair Professional - Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

The Advanced and Creative Hair Professional (ACHP) is the Level 3 progression route for apprentices following achievement of the Hair Professional – Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard (or equivalent).

*Apprentices must achieve Level 2 Functional Skills (or equivalent) before joining programme. Please contact your T/A or the ITS Office to discuss how we can support you with this.

An Advanced and Creative Hair Professional

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 works in the hair industry, which is one of the largest, most trusted and fashion forward professions. They take ownership of their work and client lists, accept responsibility, are proactive, flexible and adaptable, plan their work and time, they aim for excellence by taking exceptional pride in their work and industry. The work environment can be varied in size, style and ambiance, from a bespoke salon, the media industry, cruise ships, product houses and manufacturers to luxury high-end hair salon. They are highly skilled and experienced individual professionals who deliver hair fashion forward trends, which are innovative styles inspired by current images and their own creativity, individual flair, imagination and interpretation.

What does the apprenticeship cover?

The apprenticeship is made up of Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours. Knowledge and skills are taught within the workplace. You will need to generate a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the following skills:

  • 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

You will be taught about expected behaviours for the industry and general employment.

End point assessment is the final stage of your apprenticeship and you must pass this to achieve your apprenticeship. It is the chance to show the skills, knowledge and behaviours you have gained throughout your apprenticeship.

Typical Job Roles:

Creative hair stylists, Advanced senior stylists, Senior hair professional or Specialist technicians

Entry requirements:

Apprentices must have previously completed the Hair Professional or equivalent qualification, Level 2 maths and English Functional Skills or equivalent qualification, and be employed in a partner salon for more than 30 hours, working a full column of clients.

Duration of the apprenticeship:

Typical duration to gateway 14-22 months



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 reached gateway in April:

Annabel Hyde
Georgia Irving
Helen Haydock
Sydney Tabor
Ella Fisher

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

Billy Knight
Emma Freeman
Aimee Lamb
Lydia Gander
April Stanford
Megan Wray
Lauren Ritchie
Charna Waterman
Grace Wakeling
Rhiannon Martin
Connie Gillard
Kinsie James
Katie Knight
Ellie Brown
Tanika Hughes
Valentina Visioli
Freya Czjaka
Sydnie Harwood
Kayleigh Punter
Dior Dunn
Bethany Doyle
Ellie Johnston
Sharna Byde
Kayleigh Garrett
Lily Murphy
Charlotte Reed
Daisy Dixon

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 Dior @ Inspirations (Slide 10) who has been voted Apprentice of the Month!

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Have a fantastic month!

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