ITS a hair thing - November 2021

Welcome to the November issue of ITS a hair thing!

End Point Assessment success!

End Point Assessment success

Team ITS extends huge congratulations to the following apprentices who passed their End Point Assessments in October:
Katelyn – Remington Harrow (Distinction)
Maisie – Dlo (Distinction)
Grace – Box Hairdressing

Ventilation in the workplace during winter

One of the major tools you can use to combat COVID transmission is ventilation in the workplace. Unfortunately, during the winter months, opening windows and doors can have a detrimental effect on working conditions and client comfort.

Why is it important?
It's not just a COVID-related issue, it's also relevant to employee wellbeing. Poorly ventilated salons have a higher risk of transmitting many diseases. As salons are open to the general public, ventilation will play an even more important role for the comfort and safety of your clients. Ensure you're getting it right by conducting a ventilation risk assessment:

Assessing the risks
You need to consider a few factors in your ventilation in the workplace risk assessment, including:

  1. How many people use or occupy the working area?
  2. How large is the area?
  3. What tasks take place in the area?
  4. Which features affect ventilation in the area?
  5. How will you tell your employees about the outcome of the assessment?

There are two types of ventilation you need to be aware of: natural and mechanical.

Natural comes through open windows, doors or air vents. Mechanical comes through fans or ducts.

When conducting your assessment, list each work area and document all types of ventilation and the features that affect it.

Finally, consider the age of complexity of your systems. This is particularly important if you're working in an old building, or one with multiple floors that use different ventilation systems. Addressing COVID-19 specifically, recirculating indoor air doesn't reduce transmission risk. Where possible, you should set systems to use a fresh air supply.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors
One effective way of monitoring ventilation is through a CO2 monitor. When people breathe, they exhale CO2. That means, if you can detect a build-up of CO2 in an area, it's likely you need to improve ventilation.

All workplaces are different, and CO2 levels will vary within any indoor space. For that reason, you need to place the monitor carefully. For best results, place them at head height and away from windows, doors, or air supply openings. Also, try to position them at least 50cm away from people. If your monitors are too close, they may give you a misleadingly high reading.

For more information on the best type of CO2 monitor to use, and how to ensure you get the best results, visit the HSE website here.

Balancing ventilation with warmth in the workplace
You don't have to sacrifice warmth to provide adequate ventilation. Take a few simple steps to find the perfect medium:

  1. Partially open windows and doors.
  2. Open higher-level windows which will create fewer draughts.
  3. Fully open windows in areas when people aren't present, such as break & lunch times.
  4. Relax dress codes to allow staff to wear more comfortable/warm clothing or extra layers.
  5. Adjust heating to maintain a comfortable temperature while keeping windows open.
  6. Use additional heaters if necessary – make sure these go through the appropriate testing before deeming them safe for use at work.

If you're uncertain how staff are feeling—speak to them. They are your best gauge for whether a room is comfortable or not.

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

If you employed a new apprentice between 1st April 2021 and 30th September  and they started their apprenticeship (i.e. were signed up by us) by 30th November you have until 30th November to make your claim for the incentive. As with the previous scheme, YOU are responsible for making the claim via the apprenticeship service (we cannot do this for you) but we don't want you to miss out!

If you have an apprentice on the apprenticeship service, who meet's the eligibility criteria, you need to make your claim on the apprenticeship service by the deadline of 30th November. 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.

Important to note: We have many sign ups occurring during November. If one of these is your apprentice, you will not be able to make your claim till the apprentice record is "Live" on the apprenticeship service. But do not worry, we will add the record for you during November, you will get a message to approve the details. Once you approve, the record will be live, and you can proceed to make your claim.

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 that for "apply for the hire a new apprentice payment". Click on it.
  4. Follow the instructions on each page.

Hire a new apprentice incentive – extended to January 2022

As you will be aware, the Government has extended the hire a new apprentice scheme to January 2022. However, please note that this scheme will now only apply to apprentices with an employment start date between 1st October 2021 and 31st January 2022.

Any apprentices hired prior to 1st October will need to have started their apprenticeship by the 30th November to be able to make your claim. As stated above, we have a high number of sign-ups planned for November, and therefore have accounted for all apprentices for whom an application has been received. If you have an apprentice that was hired prior to 1st October, who has not submitted their ITS application form to us, we are afraid you are too late to be eligible for the original incentive.

What are the advantages to having an In-Salon Assessor? (ISA)

If you have an ISA, you will know that they are a huge asset to your salon and apprentices. Having an ISA provides the apprentice and partner salon greater flexibility in respect of opportunity for assessment. If you do not have an ISA, the ITS Trainer/Assessor (T/A) will need to assess the apprentice each month, and therefore the apprentice is required to be taken off the salon floor for approximately three hours during the T/A's visit. In addition, the apprentice must find models to be assessed on the date and time of the T/A's monthly visit. Apprentice progress is always propelled for those apprentices who are working on a model during their salon training, who have their ISA on hand to assess at every opportunity.

Furthermore, should you be required to make a co-investment in line with funding rules (i.e. for apprentices over 19 at sign up), you will pay less if you have an ISA.

Please see the tables below which set out the cost differences for the Level 2 Hair Professional and the Level 3 Advanced and Creative Hair Professional with/without an ISA:

Partner Salon with an Active In-Salon Assessor

 FeeEnglishMathsLearning SupportEnd Point Assessment*Small Employer Incentive Payment to be paid to the employer
16-18 Level 2
Hair Professional
19+ Level 2
Hair Professional
16-18 Level 3 Advanced & Creative Hair Professional nilnilnilnilnil£1,000
19+ Level 3 Advanced & Creative Hair Professional£225nilnilnilniln/a

* Re-sits of the End Point Assessment will incur a charge.

Partner Salon without an Active In-Salon Assessor

FeeEnglishMathsLearning SupportEnd Point Assessment**Small Employer Incentive Payment to be paid to the employer
16-18 Level 2
Hair Professional
19+ Level 2
Hair Professional
16-18 Level 3 Advanced & Creative Hair Professional nilnilnilnilnil£1,000

* Re-sits of the End Point Assessment will incur a charge.

So, if you would like one of your members of staff to become an ISA but they don't yet have the right qualification:

The January TAQA course is enrolling now!

Are you looking for your next challenge? Want to become an accredited In-salon Assessor?

We are now accepting applications for our January TAQA course! Run in partnership with Waverley Training Services, this course is for people who are, or will be, assessing apprentices for vocational qualifications and Functional Skills. Achieving this qualification is an opportunity to stretch your skills, improve your career prospects and put something back into the industry.

Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 hairdressing qualification OR CV evidence of working at Level 3 on the shop floor.
  • Level 2 English & Maths qualification (GCSE A*-C or 4-9). If you do not hold a Level 2 qualification you will be required to take an online assessment.
  • Two people to assess.

What's involved

  • You must attend all three individual workshops, held at Farnham Memorial Hall, Farnham, GU9 7EE.

Workshop 1 – Monday, 24th January 2022
Workshop 2 – Monday, 7th March 2022
Workshop 3 – Monday, 4th April 2022

  • You will need to write a brief profile of learner type for each (eg: Maths/English difficulties, learning style, etc.) and bring them with you to the first workshop (Learner 1 will need to complete one whole unit or most of. Learner 2 will only require components of a unit or one outcome.)
  • Following completion of the course attendance at the next ITS Partner Salon Network meeting (PSN) is required.

What qualification will I achieve?

Upon successful completion you will be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement.
The qualification has 2 mandatory units; Unit 301: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessments (3 credits) and Unit 302: Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment (6 credits).

Course Fees

  • The fees for this course are £582.00.
  • £100 Deposit must be paid to secure your place on the course.
  • Final balance of £482.00 must be paid at least 5 working days before the first Workshop.

Alternative payment options may be available, please contact the office to discuss.

Get in touch!

To register your interest or to find out more information, please email the office ten/dtl-sti//ofni or speak to your ITS Trainer/Assessor.

Or, if you'd like to get the ball rolling and reserve your place on the course now, please click here to complete the application form!

National minimum wage increase to take effect from April 2022

The national minimum wage for apprentices will increase next April from £4.30 to £4.81 per hour:

National minimum wage increase

24/7 mental health crisis line for children, young people, and families

A new 24/7 mental health crisis line for children, young people and their families and carers in Surrey has launched.

The freephone number 0800 9154644 is available for children and young people up to the age of 18, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

The new crisis line provides emotional wellbeing support, advice, and signposting to a range of community services for children, young people and their families and carers who are in a mental health crisis. No referral is needed. Click the link below for help.
Get help in a mental health crisis

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:

Annabel Capel
Erin Sharpin

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

Megan Forshaw
Millie Anderson
Ellie Bishop
Layla Elie

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

Ella Lomas
Lucy Evans
Brooke Liddicott
Roisin Ashby
Lottie Friend
Lucy Titheridge
Erin Sharpin
Jessica Jordan
Amelia Oldman
Ellie Nash
Caitlin Bolt
Hollie Lewry
Elie West
Lola Steede
Lucy Mann
Bethany Milburn
Kiera Bancroft
Taylor Arentsen
Pia Jones

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

Ella-Louise Grater
Amalie Daniel
Molly Jones
Molly Miller

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 Thea from Pure Hair (Slide number 02) who has been voted Apprentice of the Month!

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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