ITS a hair thing - October 2020
Welcome to the October issue of ITS a hair thing!
A warm ITS welcome to our new Trainer/Assessors - Faye Carter and Sarah Carr-Crompton! Faye (pictured left) joins us as full time maternity cover for Elisa Dos Santos and Sarah as part-time, permanent T/A. Both ladies bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to ITS and have spent their first few weeks shadowing existing team members. They are now ready to 'fly-solo' in October - so be sure to say 'hi' and take the opportunity to introduce yourself if you meet them in salon this month.
Apprenticeship Service accounts
We have previously explained the need to set up an apprenticeship service account in ITS a hair thing and at Partner Salon meetings during 2019 and 2020 as it will replace the existing system of ITS being contracted to deliver apprenticeships. The old system is being phased out and will end on 31st March 2021. Therefore, the only way you will be able to access our services as your training provider from April 2021 will be through your apprenticeship service account. The requirement to have an apprenticeship service account has been escalated with the introduction of the Government's new incentive for new apprentices between August 2020 and January 2021, which can only be claimed through the apprenticeship service.
Thank you to the following Partner Salons who have successfully set up their accounts and added ITS as their chosen Training Provider:
Frank Di Lusso
Luca M Hair
The Colour House
Whilst there have been glitches along the way, I received feedback from an employer to say that "it was a lot easier than I thought it would be".
If you are yet to set up your account, click on this link and follow the onscreen instructions to set up your account. Once you have completed set up:
- Click on 'Your Training Providers' on your home screen.
- Select 'Add New Training Provider'.
- Search for us using "Inter Training Services Ltd" or our UKPRN: 10003354.
- Confirm we are the training provider that you would like to have the permission for adding apprentices.
- Click continue and select return to the Your Training Providers page.
- You should see that you added us and there will be an option that says 'Set Permissions'. Click it.
- 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.
- 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 apprentice details for you for all future apprentices.
SALON EDGE HairUncut - Membership is open now!
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New Job Support Scheme
A new Job Support Scheme will be introduced from 1 November 2020 to protect viable jobs in businesses that are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus. Under the scheme, which will run for six months, the government will contribute towards the wages of employees who are working fewer than normal hours due to decreased demand.
Employers will pay the wages of staff for the hours they work. However, for the hours not worked, the government and the employer will each pay one third of their equivalent salary. Employees must be working at least 33% of their usual hours. The level of grant will be calculated based on the employee's usual salary, capped at £697.92 per month.
The Job Support Scheme will be open to businesses across the UK even if they have not previously used the furlough scheme. Further guidance about the scheme will be published by the government shortly.
Deferring tax payments
Salons and barbershops who deferred their VAT bills will be given the option to pay back in smaller instalments.
Self-assessment taxpayers can also benefit from a separate additional 12-month extension from HMRC on the "Time to Pay” self-service facility, meaning payments deferred from July 2020, and those due in January 2021, will now not need to be paid until January 2022.
More flexibility on loans
Businesses who took out a Bounce Back Loan will be given the option to repay their loan over a period of up to ten years through a new 'Pay as You Grow' flexible repayment system. Interest-only periods of up to six months and payment holidays will also be available to businesses.
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme lenders will be able to extend the length of loans from a maximum of six years to ten years if it will help businesses to repay the loan.
The government is extending four temporary loan schemes to 30 November 2020 for new applications: the Business Interruption Loan Scheme; the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme; the Bounce Back Loan Scheme; and the Future Fund.
QR CODES / NHS COVID-19 app launched across England and Wales
The government is encouraging everyone in England and Wales to download the recently launched COVID-19 app. Find out more on the government website.
It is now mandatory for all salons to display their unique QR code in the salon ready for clients to scan should they be using the app. You can download your QR code here.
Clients do not have to use the app, so getting them to scan the QR code is not something salons are required to enforce. But the code must be available within salons for those that are choosing to use the app.
People across England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Those breaking the rules will be fined up to a maximum of £10,000 for repeat offenders.
New salon laws for England and Wales
As of Friday 18th September - it became mandatory for all salons in England and Wales to collect client information when attending their appointment. The information required for collection is the client's name, contact details, date of appointment, and time of arrival and departure.
As almost all salons use a booking system or diary, this should be sufficient enough to continue taking client details. Salons without such a system will need to start collecting clients details for track and trace.
NHBF welcomes government training plans
Following months of campaigning and warnings to the Government regarding the need for additional education, training and skills funding for the hair and beauty sector, the NHBF welcomes the announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, for the major expansion of education and training for those aged 18 and above.
The key points are:
- Lifetime Skills Guarantee to give adults the chance to take free college courses valued by employers
- New entitlement to flexible loans to allow courses to be taken in segments, boosting opportunities to retrain and enhancing the nation's technical skills
- The opportunity to study at a time and location that suits them.
- Apprenticeship opportunities will also be increased, with more funding for small and medium sized businesses, such as salons, taking on apprentices. This includes greater flexibility in how their training is structured - especially in sectors such as construction and creative industries (which includes hair and beauty) where there are more varied employment patterns.
This offer will be available from April 2021 in England and will be paid for through the National Skills Fund. A full list of available courses will be available shortly.
Hilary Hall, chief executive for the NHBF said: "We welcome the increased investment in apprenticeships for small and medium companies, although we will need to see more details. We feel the funding should be focussed on older learners looking to switch careers by moving into hairdressing or beauty therapy."
"Many salons currently have no plans to take on apprentices but may change their minds if the increased investment in apprentices is focussed on older learners."
"Employers are put off taking on such students as apprentices because they are only paid at the apprenticeship rate for one year of their apprenticeship course, which typically lasts two years."
"As employers in our sector have a strong preference for apprenticeships and salons who are recruiting apprentices are reporting a shortage of suitable applicants, this is a great opportunity."
The NHBF is still calling for a dedicated training and reskilling fund for those businesses such as those in the hair and beauty sector who have been the most severely hit by the current restrictions and guidelines required in order to be compliant and operate safely.
We love to celebrate the achievements of learners and partner salons. Please let us know if you have something to share!
We are DELIGHTED to share the outstanding EPA achievements of the following apprentices this month!:
Congratulations! to the following learners who achieved their On Programme Tasks in September:
Welcome! to the following learners who joined programme in September:
Congratulations! to the following learners who are on track to complete timely:
Congratulations! to the following learners who completed hairdressing units in September:
*NEW* Apprentice of the Month!
This month, we are launching the 'Apprentice of the Month' competition! All apprentices will be encouraged to take part and will be required to choose and submit a photograph of either a practical or written piece of work (created during each month) in order to enter.
Your Trainer/Assessor will be discussing this with your apprentices this month and your support and encouragement is greatly appreciated.
Photographic entries will be published and celebrated on our Facebook and Instagram pages, with the 'Apprentice of the Month' revealed in the monthly publication of ITS a hair thing!
It's great to see examples of work created by learners! We'd love you to share more of these with us!
Some MEGA OJT from Team Stone!
Laura - Stone, Bournemouth
Jodie - Bluebells Hair, Fleet
Sophie - Leah Durrant Hair, Chertsey
Ellie - Glitterati, Weybridge
Have a great month!
Head of Provision
Inter Training Services Ltd
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