ITS a hair thing - September 2020

Welcome to the September issue of ITS a hair thing!

Wow! It's hard to believe September is here already and the Autumn chill is definitely in the air! With exam results now published, we look forward to welcoming new apprentices to programme - eager to carve their career pathways as future hair professionals .

Hair and Beauty Route Review

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) regularly reviews apprenticeship standards to ensure they are high-quality, fit for purpose and deliver for employers and apprentices.

Review of the hair and beauty route
The review of the occupational map and apprenticeship standard for the hair and beauty route commenced on 29 July.

The standard in scope for the review is: ST0213 - Hair Professional

The consultation for this route closed on 2 September. IfATE have reviewed the occupational map, and assessed the Level 2 Hair Professional standard against the Institute's current approval criteria, taking into consideration feedback from the consultation and wider engagement. Trailblazer have also been engaged for this standard.

Due to advice from the government on COVID-19, all current route reviews are now postponed.

The Institute recognises that COVID-19 presents several challenges for employers. A key aim of the route reviews is to be consultative and engage with employers in a meaningful way, which is not possible currently.

If you have any questions about this review or have any further feedback, please .

The National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 are now open for entries!

Back for their 17th year, the National Apprenticeship Awards are a fantastic opportunity to showcase the apprentices, employers and champions who have gone above and beyond, in spite of the challenges faced during this pandemic.

Entries to the awards are open until 25 September 2020 and this year's winners will be recognised via virtual ceremonies. It is free to enter the awards, and all entries must be made through the application website appawards.co.uk.

There are nine categories to recognise exceptional employers, apprentices and apprenticeship champions:

Employer of the Year categories

  • SME Employer of the Year (for organisations with 1 to 249 employees)
  • Large Employer of the Year (for organisations with 250 to 4,999 employees)
  • Macro Employer of the Year (for organisations with 5,000+ employees)
  • Recruitment Excellence (the winner is selected from Employer of the Year award entries, and will be awarded to an organisation that has recruited a diverse and high quality apprenticeship workforce).

Apprentice of the Year and Apprenticeship Champion categories

  • Intermediate Apprentice of the Year (level 2)
  • Advanced Apprentice of the Year (level 3)
  • Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year (level 4 or higher)
  • Rising Star of the Year* (nominated by their employer, this award recognises apprentices that have made impressive progress in their career to date, and have the potential to go even further)
  • Apprenticeship Champion of the Year (recognises individuals who go 'above and beyond' to champion apprenticeships. The nomination is made by a colleague or contact who recognises an individual's 'champion' credentials).

* The Rising Star category will not include a public vote this year due to the condensed format of the awards.

There are two webinars to explain the awards process in more detail, including hints and tips on completing your application. These can be accessed here:

Regional Ceremonies will take place online between 2 and 6 November, with the national ceremony taking place online on Wednesday 25 November.

To find out more about the National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 please visit: appawards.co.uk

Apply Now


Staying COVID-19 secure in 2020

COVID-19 risk assessment notice

Thank you to those who have already sent us a photograph of your signed COVID-19 Notice. Under our duty of care to our Trainer/Assessors before face to face visits resume, we do require confirmation that our partner salons are compliant with the COVID-19 government guidance.

ACTION FOR YOU: if you have not already done so, please send a photograph of your signed COVID-19 Notice to ten/dtl-sti//ofni

Fellowship for British Hairdressing Awards.

"This year, we're excited to announce we have FIVE categories in the Fellowship's Image Awards!"

No matter what your work has looked like this year, or which area you love, there's a way for you to get involved - and the good news is, you can submit images from ANY previous time (with the exception of the Lockdown Look).

Find out more below:

Snapshot Competition - for your shots of clients, show work or other non-professional imagery. This can from ANY time. To enter, use #fellowshipsnapshot20

Lockdown Look - for hair created in lockdown on a mannequin head, family member of whoever else you were stuck at home with! To enter, use #fellowshiplockdownlook

Fellowship Image of the Year - for your professional photoshoots. You can submit three images, of any type of hair, created ANY TIME and shot professionally. It's OK if you've entered these in any other competition. To enter, use #fellowshipimage20.

Colour Image of the Year - for professional photoshoots with a focus on colour. You can submit three images, of any type of hair, created ANY TIME and shot professionally. It's OK if you've entered these in any other competition. To enter, use #fellowshipcolourimage20.

Men's Image of the Year - for professional photoshoots of men's hair. You can submit three images, of any type of hair, created ANY TIME and shot professionally. It's OK if you've entered these in any other competition. To enter, use #fellowshipmensimage20.

The deadline for all competitions is 5pm, Wednesday 30th September 2020.

Clean to reduce risk from coronavirus in the salon!

Your risk assessment will help you to identify what your cleaning regime will look like, but there are some general things that you should consider.

Identify frequently touched surfaces:
Doors, bannisters, buttons and anything that is frequently touched, especially if it's touched by lots of people, will need more regular cleaning than normal. Examples of frequently touched objects include:

  • work surfaces land workstations
  • handles on doors, windows, rails, dispensers and water coolers
  • common areas like toilets and reception
  • control panels for machinery, control pads and switches
  • computer keyboards, printers, touch screens, monitors and phones
  • taps, kettles, water heaters, fridges, microwaves and cupboards
  • shared equipment like tools, products and equipment
  • post and goods coming in or out

Put in place measures to clean surfaces and objects after each use where possible, for example phones. If it's not practical to clean after each use, for example lift buttons that are used continuously throughout the day, make sure they are cleaned often.

The many faces of hair damage

The many faces of hair damage

A. Healthy hair
This is healthy hair. In a perfect world our hair under the microscope would look like this all the time. The cuticle (the outer layer) lays smooth with all of its "scales” lined up and flat, one on top of the other. Flat cuticles = smooth surface. Smooth surface = light reflection. Light reflection = more SHINE! But... it's not a perfect world...

B. Slightly raised cuticles
This is what the average person's hair looks like if they use a blow dryer. The other cause of slightly raised cuticle can be towel drying. When towel drying it's important to be gentle, not rough. Work your way down the hair or gently scrunch it if you're going for waves.

C. Extremely raised cuticle
Main causes of this damage are bleaching, over-processing with color, over-styling with heat, using too many alcohol based products in conjunction with heat styling, shampooing and not conditioning, etc. When your cuticle looks like this, your hair will appear dull, and lifeless because it can't reflect shine when the surface is broken up. If you don't change your routine, you'll be looking at breakage very soon.

D. This hair WILL eventually break off
This is most likely caused by harsh detangling. Never rush through a knot. Take your time and comb it out slowly. We also recommend getting knots out with a brush instead of a comb. Sometimes the single row of teeth on a comb can actually tighten the knot. We always work knots out slowly with a brush. Another major cause of this is yanking out a ponytail holder. Stop yourself and work the tangle around the ponytail holder out slowly. Sadly, once this has happened in the middle of a piece of hair, it's definitely coming off. Collect a bunch of these and you've got yourself a nice case of the fly-aways!

E: This is a split end
This is the enemy!! Just knowing what split ends look like will help you understand how they get stuck on each other. They're like claws that can grab onto one another causing tangles. Tangled ends cause even further damage. It's important to get them off regularly.

F. This is knotted hair
If not properly and carefully brushed out, a knot will lead to "Example D.” If you gently brush it out, you can avoid that.

G. Shattered hair shaft
This can be caused by a bad application or rough removal of extensions. Another cause could be a bad perm (solution, the way it's wrapped and how it's processed). Not sure too many of you are getting perms, but if you are, please be sure to visit someone who specializes in that. Not just someone who will say yes because they want to make the money from the service. If you have extensions, make sure the person doing them is gentle, takes their time and isn't too aggressive with your delicate hair!

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

Snapshots from the return of face to face visits

Charlotte enjoyed a fantastic first day back at Stone Hair, Bournemouth! Well done Laura, Jamie and Trinity - lots of passed assessments and evolve tests! Charlotte said "I am loving being back in salon”

Charlotte enjoyed a fantastic first day back at Stone Hair, Bournemouth

Charlotte also enjoyed her first visit back to Pure Hair, Lightwater:
"Thank you Val Hunt and Pure Hair”
"Well done to Lily and Danni - your hard work in lockdown has paid off”

Well done to Lily and Danni

"Great to be back at Salon Sixteen. The newly extended salon looks amazing!”

Super OJT by Halle, Jess and Sophie

uper OJT by Halle, Jess and Sophie

Apprentices from Hair Lab in their fantastic new training room!

Apprentices from Hair Lab

Congratulations Katelyn!

ITS apprentice Katelyn has been settling in to her new role as Stylist at Remington Harrow, Farnham. Salon Manager - Hayley Parslow has this to say: "She has worked so hard to get to this point. It makes us so proud seeing her blossom into a talented young lady.”

Congratulations Katelyn!

A warm ITS welcome to newly engaged partner salon - SJ Forbes, Windsor and Egham

SJ Forbes, Windsor and Egham

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

Jake Gumbrell

Welcome! to the following learners who joined programme in August:

Sophie Horner

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

Chloe Booth
Chloe Power
Amy Morris

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

Emma - The Colour House, Bagshot

Emma - The Colour House, Bagshot

Jayne - The Salon, Sherfield-on-Loddon

Jayne - The Salon, Sherfield-on-Loddon

Sasha - Perfection, Yateley

Sasha - Perfection, Yateley

Trinity - Stone, Bournemouth

Trinity - Stone, Bournemouth

Savannah - Charlie Brown, Wallington

Savannah - Charlie Brown, Wallington

Nicole - Leo Bancroft, Weybridge

Nicole - Leo Bancroft, Weybridge

Simona - Aveda, Guildford

Simona - Aveda, Guildford

Katie - Capella, Frimley

Katie - Capella, Frimley

Linsey - The Establishment, Farnham

Linsey - The Establishment, Farnham

Emily - Capella, Frimley

Emily - Capella, Frimley

Grace - Velvet Rooms 4 Hair, Chobham

Grace - Velvet Rooms 4 Hair, Chobham

Have a great month!

Lauren Pullen
Head of Provision
Inter Training Services Ltd
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Web: www.its-ltd.net

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