This Week's News 03.02.17

Institute for Apprenticeships appoints first director

The first permanent employee of the Institute for Apprenticeships has finally been appointed, after ongoing delays and an absence of information about who would run the important new body. Anastasia (Ana) Osbourne, formerly employed in the Enterprise Directorate at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will be expected to "coordinate and support the operation of the approvals process for apprenticeship standards and technical education standards". She will also "work with route committees and others to ensure excellent quality assurance practice governs the approvals process including induction, standardisation, monitoring, review, risk assessment and feedback mechanisms". Finally, her position awards her responsibility for building "effective relationships with stakeholders" and working with "analysts and others to develop occupational maps".

The IFA Board

  • Dr Katherine Barclay, chair of the life science and industrial sciences apprenticeship Trailblazer group
  • Sir Gerry Berragan, former British Army adjutant-general and one of the government's apprentice ambassadors
  • Bev Robinson, principal of Blackpool and the Fylde College, and director of the National College for Onshore Oil and Gas
  • Paul Cadman, HR director for Walter Smith Fine Foods, and one of the government's apprentice ambassadors
  • Dame Fiona Kendrick, chair and CEO of Nestlé UK and Ireland
  • Dame Asha Khemka, principal and chief executive of West Nottinghamshire College Group
  • Robin Millar, chair of Blue Raincoat Chrysalis Group
  • Toby Peyton-Jones, HR director for Siemens in the UK and North-West Europe

Run, hide and tell

Attacks in the UK and abroad remind us all of the terrorist threat we face, which in the UK is considered as 'SEVERE', meaning an attack is highly likely. The police service has released a short public information film called 'Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attack' which sets out the key options for keeping safe should the worst happen. The film is now freely available below and online via the National Police Chiefs' Council YouTube account. The film advises those who get caught up in an incident to 'run, hide and tell' - guidance which can be applied to any place. We know that from case studies and real life testimony based on the experiences of people who have survived attacks the advice given in the film has saved lives.

Next TAQA course starts in May

Run in partnership with Waverley Training Services in Farnham, this course is for people who are, or will be, assessing learners for vocational qualifications and Functional Skills. For further details, please see our TAQA Flyer.

Hair professional standard

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Hair professional assessment plan

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Apprentice assessment organisations how to apply

City & Guilds have posted information for other sectors (not hairdressing) which will give you an idea of the process

Download introduction
Download pre-application guidance
Download the list of standards for application (January 2017)

Become an independent assessment examiner

City & Guilds have posted information for other sectors (not hairdressing) which will give you an idea of the process

Download information and guidance from City & Guilds

Apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017 (page 14 onwards)

Download the policy paper

Funding bands for apprenticeships

The Hair Professional is at funding band 9

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Guidance on how apprenticeship funding will work

Download the guidance

Are you licenced for music?

Here's a full run-down on the licensing aspect for salons.

Don't get caught out by business rate changes

Hair and beauty salons and barber shops are being urged to go online and check out what their new business rates bill will be in April 2017... click here

Becoming a state registered hairdresser

As a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) you will gain:

  • Official recognition under the Hairdressers' Registration Act
  • A certificate underwritten by an Act of Parliament
  • The right to apply for the Master Craftsman Diploma, possibly after just two years
  • Credentials you will find useful, or may need, if you want to work in Europe, America or elsewhere
  • Access to free advice phone line
  • Access to cheap insurance cover
  • Every issue of 'Hairdresser' magazine
  • The possibility of attending a reception in the House of Commons to mix with politicians, industry figures and celebrity stylists

You can register here

Could you spot the early signs of skin cancer on your client's scalp?

Hair professionals can play a key role in helping to spot the early signs of skin cancer... click here

Sexist dress codes could attract stricter punishment and fines

Employers that enforce sexist dress codes could be in line for stricter punishment and fines, if the Government follows recommendations set out in a new report. The report, High heels and workplace dress codes, was put together jointly by the Women and Equalities Commission and the Petitions Commission. The report recommends that the Government "takes urgent action to improve the effectiveness of the Equality Act" and that employment tribunals should be able to ask for more effective remedies, such as financial penalties, for those employers who breach the law. It says: "It is clear that there are not currently enough disincentives to prevent employers breaching the law. While negative publicity will be a disincentive for many employers, this cannot and should not be relied on to prevent unlawful discrimination.


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