ITS a hair thing - March 2020

Welcome to the March issue of ITS a hair thing!

Hog's Back Hotel and Spa

Partner Salon Network meeting

We look forward to welcoming you to our next Partner Salon Network meeting on Monday 9 March 2020. Registration will be from 5.30pm with the meeting starting at 6.00pm.

Hog's Back Hotel and Spa
Surrey GU10 1EX
Tel: 01252 782344

ACTION for you: if you have not already done so, please RSVP to ten/dtl-sti//ykceb to confirm whether you will be attending.

*IMPORTANT*! Have you registered for your Digital Apprenticeship Account? (DAS)

ITS personnel will be happy to support you with registering for an account at the Partner Salon Network meeting on 9 March 2020. It is important you have to hand the following information ahead of the meeting:

Digital Apprenticeship Account

1. Before setting up your apprenticeship service account

You'll need:

  • an email address you have access to
  • the Government Gateway login for your organisation (or you can use the accounts office reference number and employer PAYE scheme reference number if your annual pay bill is less than £3 million)
  • authority to add PAYE schemes to the account
  • annual business turnover figures
  • authority to accept the employer agreement on behalf of your organisation

Gov.uk will ask you to:

  • create an account
  • add a PAYE scheme on behalf of your organisation
  • accept the employer agreement with the ESFA

2. Setting up multiple connected organisations in your account

You can add multiple connected organisations to the same account, if you want to manage all of your connected organisations in this way. You should register every organisation that will make an agreement with a training provider for apprenticeship training.

3. How funding works if you do not pay the apprenticeship levy

Smaller employers, who do not pay the apprenticeship levy share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with the government; this is called 'co-investment'.

For new apprenticeships starting on or after 1 April 2019 you pay 5% towards the cost of apprenticeship training. The government will pay the rest (95%) up to the funding band maximum.

All apprenticeships that started before 1 April 2019 will continue at the previous co-investment rate of 10%.

You can pay the difference from your own budget if the price of training is more than the funding band maximum.

As a smaller employer you can reserve funds in the 'finance' section of your apprenticeship service account. You can also give your training provider permission to reserve them on their behalf.

What you'll need to know:

  • which apprenticeship standard the apprentice will be doing
  • what month the apprenticeship training will start

Before the apprentice starts their training, you can change the apprenticeship start date and standard.

When you can use reserved funds

The reserved funds are available to use from the month of the apprenticeship start date and the following 2 months. The reservation will expire at the end of the 3rd month if you do not use it.

You could be eligible for extra funding depending on both you and your apprentice's circumstances.

4. Apprenticeship account roles and permissions

You need to think about who you want to have access to your apprenticeship service account. You can control what each person can do.

You can give staff members permission to:

  • approve apprenticeship data
  • approve costs for training which are agreed with the training provider
  • reconcile payments to training providers
  • sign the agreement with ESFA

You should give at least one other team member full access. This means that if the account owner is on holiday or leaves the organisation, someone else can sign an agreement or make changes.

5. Registering on the apprenticeship service

Once you are ready to register on the apprenticeship service, you need to set up your account.

6. Using your account

After you have registered, you will need to follow the instructions given in your apprenticeship account.

As an employer, you'll be able to:

  • access and manage apprenticeship funding
  • receive a transfer of apprenticeship funds where eligible
  • advertise vacancies on Find an apprenticeship
  • search for apprenticeships and approved training providers
  • choose approved training providers
  • select suitable end-point assessment organisations
  • give feedback on apprenticeship training
  • give training providers permission to carry out some tasks on your behalf

As an employer that does not pay the apprenticeship levy

7. Get help with the apprenticeship service

You can either:

Supporting apprentices with assessment anxiety

Supporting apprentices with assessment anxiety

Taking assessments can be stressful for some apprentices, so we can all play a part in helping young people cope with assessment and test related anxiety. Ofqual have published a range of materials - guides, blogs and other documents - for students, employers, teachers, parents and carers supporting them, to help manage test anxiety. These include:

Building relationships with schools

Building relationships with schools

Schools are a great place to recruit for Saturday help, work experience and apprentices. Several of you attend school career events to explain the advantages of hairdressing apprenticeships! We encourage our partner salons to continue reaching out to their local schools, particularly those with a hairdressing curriculum, to refine your target audience.

Contact information about schools in our areas of business can be found here. ITS can support your efforts with flyers and marketing material. Putting a local face on a career opportunity goes a long way with young people!

Let us know how we can help.

It's OK not to feel OK

Approximately 75 per cent of lifetime mental disorders begin before the age of 24 years. Prevalence of mental disorder in adolescents and young adults has increased in recent decades and is likely to continue to do so. Safeguarding the mental wellbeing of learners is paramount in ensuring they feel safe and supported at work. A range of free talking therapy support services are available in Surrey, Hampshire and surrounding counties, most of which offer a self-referral system. A directory of these services can be found on our website here.

It's OK not to feel OK

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

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

BOX - Basingstoke
The Cutting Rooms - Knaphill
The Salon - Sherfield on Loddon
Macco - West Byfleet

Congratulations! To the following learners who successfully completed hairdressing units in February:

Kate Lamb
Lucy Matthews
Chloe Thorne
Chloe Power
Alysha O'Keefe
Charlotte Pugh

Welcome! To the following learners who joined programme in February:

Ellie Bishop
Jake Gumbrell
Kirsty Fry
Anais Peters
Emma Freeman
Phoebe Hunt

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

Holly ChaulkMadeline Green
Lily MurphyJessica Rosewarne
Katie ShreeveChloe Hornby
Rhiannon MannersChloe Power
Francesca BarbaritoLucy Matthews
Lilly WilkinsSasha Austin
Abigail BricknellDanielle Butler
Laura ByrneMaisie Yeo
Millie AndersonJodie Barkes
Hollie-Mae Battenberg Chloe Booth
Abigail CuthbertChloe Swain
Annabel CapelMegan Forshaw
Seleka GathercoleKara Green
George HarrisAlexia Carr
Katy ChargeKatie Dunsby
Paige DuncanTrinity Hewlett
Savannah KeenSophie Knight
Pippa MclarenAlysha O'Keefe
Jodie Poulter

Congratulations! to Hair Lab, Basingstoke who celebrated their 4 year anniversary in February

Hair Lab, Basingstoke

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

Jess Rosewarne - Salon Sixteen, Petersfield (colour and restyle - 7 inches of hair donated to The Little Princess Trust)

Jess Rosewarne - Salon Sixteen, Petersfield

Rhiannon Manners - Arc, Basingstoke (full head woven highlights, followed with Majirel Glow application)

Rhiannon Manners - Arc, Basingstoke

Lauren Grierson - Perfection, Yateley - colour change

Lauren Grierson - Perfection, Yateley

Maddie Green - Arc, Basingstoke - colour change

Maddie Green - Arc, Basingstoke

Trinity Hewlett - Stone, Bournemouth - blow dry

Trinity Hewlett - Stone, Bournemouth

Chloe Hornby - Salon Sixteen, Petersfield - cut and finish

Chloe Hornby - Salon Sixteen, Petersfield

Savannah Keen - Charlie Brown, Reigate - full head woven highlights

Savannah Keen - Charlie Brown, Reigate

Savannah Keen -Charlie Brown, Reigate - cut and finish

Savannah Keen - Charlie Brown, Reigate

Katie Dunsby - Capella, Frimley - non-conventional styling

Katie Dunsby - Capella, Frimley

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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