ITS a hair thing - March 2022

Welcome to the March issue of ITS a hair thing!

ITS matrix Standard Achievement


The matrix Standard is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver information, advice and/or guidance (IAG).

Roger Chapman, Head of the matrix Service for The Growth Company said:

"This is a fantastic achievement for Inter Training Services and I would like to congratulate the team on their success. We believe that at the heart of high-quality advice and support services are strong leadership, excellent service and a focus on continuous improvement, all underpinned by effective use of the resources available. The matrix Standard is designed to benchmark organisations against best practice in these areas. With their accreditation success, Inter Training Services is working to provide the best possible support to their clients."

Commenting on the award, Lauren Pullen - Head of Provision, said:

"I would like to thank our partner salons, staff and most importantly our apprentices for their contributions to our matrix Standard assessment success". We are delighted to have been awarded the matrix Standard for the third time, this quality standard mark recognises that we are delivering excellence in the field of IAG to support our apprentices with meeting their learning and longer-term career goals".

For more information about the matrix Standard please visit matrixStandard.com.

ITS apprentices achieve full sweep of DISTINCTION grades!

Congratulations Team ITS are thrilled to announce that the following apprentices achieved a full sweep of DISTINCTION grades for their EPAs in February! Huge congratulations to our apprentices and partner salons - Team ITS are immensely proud of your success!

Hazel from Emotive - Distinction
Megan from Emotive - Distinction
Millie from Emotive - Disctinction
Katy from Luca M Hair - Distinction
Sophie from Leah Durrant - Disctinction

Partner Salon Network Meeting - Save the Date!

Following a challenging two years, we are delighted to welcome our partner salons back to face to face Partner Salon Network meetings. The next meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday 10th October 2022. Meeting invites and joining instructions will be circulated nearer the time - but please save the date, we look forward to seeing you all!

We want your feedback!

We want your feedback

Your opinion matters to us, and we would very much like to hear your views about working with ITS as a partner salon.

Our new and improved Employer Feedback Survey is now live! Please follow the following link or QR code:

Please complete by 31st March. You do not have to wait for these surveys; If you ever have any concerns or feedback, you can always call the office on 02392 591 666 or talk to your designated T/A. Your feedback is much appreciated as it will help us identify any improvements we may need to make. Thank you from Team ITS.

Deadline to be eligible for the hire a new apprentice incentive

If you employed a new apprentice between 1st October 2021 and 31st January 2022, they must have started their apprenticeship (i.e. were signed up by us) by 31st March 2022 for you to be eligible for the incentive.

We have seven sign ups scheduled in for March. If we do not have your apprentice's application form in the system, we are afraid it is too late to be able to sign them up in time. In line with funding rules, we must perform a skills check/initial assessment/prior learning assessment ahead of any sign up. This then informs whether any adjustments need to be made to the duration, content, and funding of the apprenticeship, which is then used to prepare the necessary sign-up paperwork. The skills check therefore must be a separate visit to the sign up (with time to prepare and post the sign up paperwork to the T/A).

Have you claimed your "hire a new apprentice" incentive?

If you employed a new apprentice between 1st October 2021 and 31st January 2022 and they started their apprenticeship (i.e. were signed up by us) by 31st March 2022, you have until 15th May 2022 to make your claim for the incentive. As with the previous schemes, YOU are responsible for making the claim via the apprenticeship service, we cannot do this for you, but we don't want you missing out!

If you have an apprentice on the apprenticeship service, that meet's the eligibility criteria, you need to make your claim on the apprenticeship service by the deadline of 15th May. Please be aware that you will be asked to accept a declaration on the apprenticeship service to confirm you meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme.

How to claim the incentive

  1. Login to your apprenticeship service account (you will need to use the email that you set the account up with and password you created).
  2. Scroll down to "finances" on the homepage (Note: do not click on "finance" link at the top of the page, that will not take you to the right place).
  3. Once you scroll down to the finances section, you should see an option in there for "your hire a new apprentice payments". Click on it.
  4. Then select "apply for the hire a new apprentice payment".
  5. Follow the instructions on each page (you will need your bank details).

Apprentice Graduation Ceremony - 16th September 2022, Save the date!!

The Association of Learning providers in Surrey (ALPS) invite all Apprenticeship achievers from September 2019 to August 2022 to participate in their Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony held at Guildford Cathedral on Friday, 16th September 2022.

This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate your Apprentices' hard work, dedication, and success through what has been a very difficult two years! Spaces are currently limited to 25 per training provider (additional spaces may open at a later date) so please, if know an Apprentice keen to attend, please register their interest TODAY!! You can do this via your Trainer/Assessor or by contacting the ITS Office on 02392 591 666 or email ten/dtl-sti//ofni.

Bookings are due to go live on 1st April and further information on this event (including cost) will be circulated later in March - keep your eyes peeled!!

Save the date

Recruit an Apprentice is changing

This month, the government's original 'Recruit an apprentice' service will be switched off. In its place, employers and training providers are encouraged to create vacancy adverts using the improved built-in recruitment tools within their apprenticeship service account.

By using the 'Recruit an apprentice' service within your account you (or ITS if you have provided us with permission) will be able to create vacancies and easily manage applications for vacancies in one place. Vacancies will still be advertised on the government's 'Find and Apprenticeship' website.

How it works:

  • Create your vacancy by logging in to your account, click on 'adverts' and follow the steps (or provide ITS with permission and we will do it for you!).
  • Receive applications from applicants straight to your Apprenticeship Service Account.
  • Manage applications received through the service.

If you have vacancies you want to advertise and would like ITS to create and manage applications on your behalf, please email ten/dtl-sti//ahtnamas.

New nationwide survey of apprentices by apprentices

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education's influential panel of apprentices is gathering vital feedback from apprentices about the quality of training and support they receive.

The closing date is 8 April 2022. If you would like to take part or know an apprentice who would, complete the form.

Educate against Hate!

The below guidance from the DfE supports individuals with tackling emotive news stories (such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine) with apprentices.

How to talk to young people about distressing complex, emotive news stories

The Educate Against Hate website is a useful resource when dealing with a range of issues relating to conflict, difficult classroom conversations and more. A post by Tom Bigglestone, a former Head of Humanities and now Online Learning Manager at The Economist Educational Foundation, encourages teachers to:

  • Establish the facts by pointing pupils towards "trusted, reputable sources that explain the what, where, when, why and who". It encourages teachers to challenge incorrect information when they see it and to present evidence for facts and get pupils to do the same
  • Explore a range of diverse perspectives by considering the different voices within the classroom, showing solidarity with potentially marginalised voices and views and make sure it's not left to a pupil to stand up for a particular minority viewpoint alone
  • Be comfortable without an answer for everything - and help your pupils feel comfortable with that too - by being clear that in many circumstances there is no one 'right' answer
  • Encourage students to debate ideas by facilitating discussion and helping pupils know that debate can happen without it becoming personal - by, for example, encouraging pupils to say they disagree with someone's idea, rather than with the person.

Educate against hate also has a range of teaching resources aimed at promoting dialogue in the classroom that can support students to achieve a greater understanding of complex and sensitive topics.

How to spot mis- and disinformation and how to help pupils do the same
Mis- and disinformation are particularly prevalent during times of conflict and the risk posed by misleading narratives and information becomes more severe. Educate Against Hate hosts content produced by Be Internet Citizens, an educational programme developed by the Institute of Strategic Dialogue and YouTube.

Covers topics including:

  • How to identify mis- and disinformation (e.g. conspiracy theories, clickbait, manipulated media);
  • Exploring fact versus opinion, including how sensational content can be used to drive user engagement;
  • The benefits and pitfalls of a 'personalised web', including algorithms and filter bubbles;
  • Understanding unconscious bias and how it influences our worldview;
  • Analysing 'us vs them' narratives, and how online echo chambers may widen social divides;
  • Responding effectively to hate speech and forging more inclusive digital communities;
  • Creating inspiring digital content to champion causes, promote positive messages and support peers.

Educate Against Hate also hosts a one hour lesson plan from the Economist Educational Foundation that explores why conspiracy theories are more common in times of crisis, why people spread them and how they should be debunked.

Prevent training for ISAs and Employers

The Education and Training Foundation have published updated Prevent training designed specifically for employers and training staff. The online training takes approximately 50 minutes and candidates will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the assessment.

All partner salons will shortly be receiving an email from the Admin team which will include the link to the ETF Prevent training. It is essential that a nominee from each of our partner salons complete the training to ensure compliance with the Prevent Duty. Thank you for your support.

Side by Side Prevent modules for apprentices

We have updated the 'Side by Side' Prevent modules for apprentices located on the My StudyZone section of our website found here. Your visiting Trainer/Assessor will be discussing these new modules with apprentices in March to raise their awareness of British Values and Prevent.

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 February:

Kaci Hill
Phoebe Hunt
Kiera Bancroft

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

Evie Smith
Lola Steede
Lucy Turner
Emily Stevenson
Bethany Milburn
Susie-Jayne Speke
Caitlin Bolt
Rosie O'Neill
Jessica Jordan
Holly Baker
Amelia Oldman
Taylor Arentsen
Sydney Tabor
Lucy Evans
Roisin Ashby
Tilly Harber
Hollie Lewry
Lucy Mann
Billy Knight
Ellie Nash
Molly Miller
Jess Quinn
Ella Fisher
Helen Haydock
Annabel Hyde
Elise James
Ellie West

Welcome! to the following apprentices who joined programme in February:

Poppy Wells
Lucy Poole
Jenna Down
Hannah Neville

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 Scarlet Baylie from Luca M Hair (Slide number 30) who has been voted Apprentice of the Month!

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Have a great month!

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

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