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 email IfATE.
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