ITS a hair thing - November 2020

Welcome to the November issue of ITS a hair thing!

*Please note, this issue was drafted prior to the Prime Minister's National Lockdown announcement. Your Trainer/Assessor and Learning Support Tutor will be contacting Apprentices this week to arrange remote training throughout November to sustain levels of motivation and engagement. Team ITS are thinking of all our partner salons during this difficult time and are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Apprenticeship Service

A huge thank you and well done to those partner salons who set up their apprenticeship service accounts and added ITS as their training provider last month:

First Impression Hair & Beauty
Frank Di Lusso
Pure Hair
Salon Sixteen
Scully Scully
The Cutting Room

We appreciate that the system has been a bit glitchy but we are grateful for your persistence and support.

We can help and offer instructions on setting up your account (see below) but If anyone is having trouble with the apprenticeship service erroring please contact them directly on 0800 0150 600 (option 1 then option 2). They are best placed to troubleshoot any technical problems.

For those yet to set up their account, the apprenticeship service will be the only way you will be able to access our services as your training provider after March 2021. It is therefore essential that you set up your accounts asap if you want to continue taking on apprentices and have ITS as your training provider. In addition, if it is your intention to claim for the new incentive (outlined above) for recruiting an apprentice between 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021, the only way you will be able to claim the incentive is through the apprenticeship service.

Instructions to set up your apprenticeship service account

Click on this link and follow the onscreen instructions to set up your account (you will need some details about the business such as you PAYE scheme number).

There is a YouTube instructional video if you might find it useful:

Once you have completed set up:

  1. Click 'Your Training Providers' on your home screen .
  2. Select 'Add New Training Provider'.
  3. Search for ITS using "Inter Training Services Ltd" or our UKPRN: 10003354.
  4. Confirm we are the training provider that you would like to have the permission for adding apprentices.
  5. Click continue and select return to the 'Your Training Providers' page.
  6. You should see that you added us and there will be an option that says 'Set Permissions'. Click it.
  7. You will be prompted with a screen stating 'Would you like to set permissions for this training provider to add apprentices' and underneath this message you with see a 'Yes' and a 'No' option. Select Yes.
  8. There will also be an option to give permission for the provider to have access to the 'Recruitment' section with a 'yes' or 'no' option. If you would like us to have this permission, select yes and then continue.

We should then receive a notification email from the apprenticeship service once this process is completed and we will be able to add any future apprentice details for you.

Apprentice Incentive - time is ticking!

You should already be aware of the Government's incentive for employers employing NEW apprentices:

  • If you employ a new apprentice that is 16-24 you will get a payment of £2000
  • If you employ a new apprentice that is 25+ you will get a payment of £1500

Note: This is on top of the £1000 small business incentive you get for a 16-28 year old.


The funding rules state that:
"You will be eligible to receive an incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice for an apprenticeship start if, at the start of the apprenticeship, the apprentice is a newemployee. You will be required to sign a declaration confirming that they are a new employee when making a claim through the apprenticeship service.

That apprentice must:

  • have a contract of employment start date between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021 (inclusive);
  • not have been employed by you within the six months prior to the employment contract start date; and
  • have an apprenticeship agreement containing a start date between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021 inclusive.”

How to claim

Claims can be made on the apprenticeship service from September 2020. We will email those of you that have recruited/signed up an apprentice within the eligibility criteria in due course with instructions on how to claim on the apprenticeship service.

Action for you

If you have any new apprentices in salon that you feel meet the eligibility criteria above that have yet to submit their application form, we recommend you do so asap due to the 31st January deadline for being eligible for the incentive. As you know, we have to skills check an apprentice ahead of sign up. So we will need time to process applications and schedule in a November/December skills check, ahead of a December/January sign up date to meet the deadline. Link to our online application form is here.

Call for nominations | Apprenticeship Awards 2021

The search for the winners of the 4th FE Week and AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards has officially kicked-off - who will be crowned champions in 2021?

The Awards are a celebration of excellence in apprenticeship delivery in the UK and provide an opportunity to give the recognition employers and providers deserve.

The awards were established in 2017 as a joint project by FE Week and AELP, with the national awards ceremony taking place the Annual Apprenticeship Conference Gala Dinner on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

Open to all apprenticeship providers and employers in the UK, the apprenticeship awards are a competitive process with two types of awards, Route Awards and National Awards.

A formal call for nominations has now been issued. All nominations must be submitted before the end of Friday 18 December.

To find out more about the awards and submit a nomination visit: aacapprenticeshipawards.com.

Cut the VAT!!

Cut the VAT!! The margins in hairdressing service are as slim as those in the hospitality sector. Lowering the VAT will have an immediate effect on the cashflow of every hairdressing business in the UK, stopping further redundancies and helping to keep the lights on. This crisis is about survival.

According to a recent survey by the National Hair and Beauty Federation, three in four salons and barbershops reported that business was down compared to the same period last year - with a worrying 41 percent uncertain whether they would survive until Christmas.

There is a push for the Government to cut the VAT from 20 percent to 5 percent for hair salons. It is the same drop that has already been applied to the hospitality sector, which is helping to keep restaurants and pubs in business. A cut in VAT would be an important step towards levelling the playing field. Something needs to be done now if the sector has any chance of bouncing back.

Petition to reduce Reduce VAT to 5% for the Hair & Beauty Industry in line with Hospitality - sign the petition HERE.

Cancellation of Trainer/Assessor and Learning Support Tutor visits

Our Delivery Team members are working hard to ensure apprentices' gaps in progress caused by the lockdown period can be closed as swiftly as possible to ensure timely completion. We appreciate our partner salons are facing additional challenges in the current climate and cancellations are not always avoidable. However, in the event that you need to cancel your scheduled visit, please notify your Trainer/Assessor or Learning Support Tutor directly, and as soon possible (ideally with 24 hours notice), so that the visit can be offered to another partner salon. Thank you for your co-operation.

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 October:

Hollie-Mae Battenberg

Congratulations! to the following apprentices who completed hairdressing units in October:

Katelyn Hemmings
Laura Byrne
Halle Beck
Lily Murphy
Emily Tropia
Chloe Power
Emily Jo Cooper
Chloe Swain
Jessica Rosewarne
Abigail Cuthbert
Sasha Austin
Katie Shreeve

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

Scarlet Baylie
Jessica Gadbury
Ella Lomas
Thea Smith

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

Nicole Guimaraes
Lily Murphy
Danielle Butler
Poppy Hebberd
Hollie-Mae Battenberg
Jodie Barkes
Jack Ford
Halle Beck
Laura Wentworth

Congratulations! to the following apprentices who reached Gateway in October:

Emily Stevenson
Laura Byrne
Chloe Power

Thank you! to the following partner salons who accommodated an IQA support visit from Simone Diges in October:

Inspirations, Woodley
Scully Scully, Godalming

Apprentice of the month!

Apprentice of the month

October saw the launch of the ITS 'Apprentice of the Month' competition. All apprentices were encouraged to take part and were required to submit a photograph of either a practical, or written piece of work. Throughout October, the entries were shared on our Instagram and Facebook pages and received an overwhelming response 😊. If you missed them on social media, here's this month's entries:

Number 1

Number 2

Number 3

Number 4

Number 5

Number 6

Number 7

Number 8

Number 9

Number 10

Number 11

Number 12

Number 13

Number 14

Number 15

Number 16

Number 17

Number 18

Number 19

Number 20

Number 21

Number 22

Number 23

Number 24

WOW! An incredible range of talent and an extremely hard task to select October's winner. With much deliberation, Team ITS extends huge congratulations to Jodie from Bluebells who has been voted October's Apprentice of the Month!

A word from Jodie's TA:
A well-deserved winner of apprentice of the month.
Jodie worked really hard in lockdown balancing her practice, research and revision with home schooling her two children.
On return to work Jodie carefully planned models for assessment and completed Unit 204 style and finish hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks and is now 5% ahead of target.
She is a pleasure to work with.
Jodie is showing a real talent for hair up and I am looking forward to supporting her in completion of her apprenticeship.

Jodie from Bluebells

Don't forget to like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram to keep up to speed with November's entries.

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

Grace - Velvet Rooms 4 Hair, Chobham

Grace - Velvet Rooms 4 Hair, Chobham

Emily - Capella, Frimley

Emily - Capella, Frimley

Savannah - Charlie Brown, Wallington

Savannah - Charlie Brown, Wallington

Nicole - Frank Di Lusso

Nicole - Frank Di Lusso

George - Marc Daniel, Camberley

George - Marc Daniel, Camberley

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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