ITS a hair thing - May 2019

Welcome to the May issue of ITS a hair thing!

Rise in minimum wage for apprentices

New National Minimum Wage regulations became effective on 1st April 2019, raising the minimum wage for apprentices under 19, over 19 but in the first year of their apprenticeship, from £3.70 p/hr to £3.90.

The new rates are:

  • £8.21 per hour for ages 25 and over
  • £7.70 per hour for ages 21 to 24
  • £6.15 per hour for ages 18 to 20
  • £4.35 per hour for school leaving age to 17
  • £3.90 per hour for apprentices.

*NEW* Apprentice 'literacy star of the month'

Literacy star of the month

The reformed Functional Skills qualifications which come in to effect in September 2019 have been designed to develop learner confidence, fluency and a positive attitude towards English language. To enable all learners access to a platform to improve these skills, we are introducing the 'literacy star of the month' to be showcased in the monthly ITS a hair thing and Roll of Honour publications.

What's it all about?
Learners are required to submit a piece of written work to ten/dtl-sti//adnil each month. This can take the form of: a pretend letter; written CV; blog; model case study; publication for your social media pages – or any other written work of their choosing. Linda will review each one for spelling, punctuation and grammar and email individual feedback to learners. All work will be celebrated in the monthly ITS publications with the best piece of learner work declared 'literacy star of the month'.

It is recognised that learners have limited opportunity to develop these important skills and there has been a sharp decline in recent years with young people engaging in reading a range of written texts. It is hoped this new platform will ignite a new passion for literacy.

Skills minister praises AELP/ASCL guide for schools on Baker Clause

Last month, skills minister Anne Milton wrote an end-of-term piece in TES urging more schools to become compliant with the Baker Clause which requires local employer and provider access to all pupils to explain post-16 vocational options including apprenticeships. The legal obligation has been in place since January 2018, and the official guidance makes clear that provider access should be granted in respect of all pupils of all abilities. Another issue which employers and providers face is school staff still allowing themselves to be guilty of gender stereotyping in discouraging, for example, female students from going to see a presentation on careers in engineering. In 2018 AELP joined forces with ASCL to draw up best practice guidance to help schools comply with the Baker Clause which the minister describe in her TES article as 'excellent'. The article can be read here.

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


Congratulations! Remington Harrow who have been nominated for several 2019 Hair and Beauty Award categories!

Congratulations to the following learners who achieved their On Programme Tasks in April:

Pippa McLaren
Laura Byrne
Grace Fry

Welcome to the following learners who joined programme in April:

Jessica Rosewarne

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

Grace HarwoodKate Lamb
Katelyn HemmingsMaddison Willoughby
Kara MooreCharlotte Harrison
Ferne BarberAnastasia Finney
Aaron KnetchlJessica Hotston
Amy MorrisSimona Gagliardi
Lauren PomphreyMegan Forshaw
Megan TaylorLauryn Griffiths
Leah NobleRhiannon Manners
Leah BurnhamKaty Charge
Emily-Jo CooperPippa McLaren
Chloe BoothLaura Byrne
Jessie Prior

Thank you! To the following partner salons who accomodated an IQA visit from Simone Diges in April :

Remington Harrow, Farnham
The Hair Lab, Basingstoke
Salon Sixteen, Petersfield
Leah Durrant, Chertsey

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

Grace Fry
Rhiannon Manners
Lauryn Griffiths
Thea Garguilo
Linsey Chilvers
Leah Noble
Jessie Prior

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

Fabulous colour change! Jessica Rosewarne (Salon Sixteen, Petersfield)

Fabulous colour change

Gorgeous pulled-through colour to create balayage effect, cut and finish - Leah Noble (Salon Sixteen, Petersfield)

Gorgeous pulled-through colour to create balayage effect, cut and finish

Beautiful balayage! Annabel Yugin (Mova Hairdressing, Virginia Water)

Beautiful balayage

Marvellous collection! Ellie Wing (Glitterati, Weybridge)

Marvellous collection

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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