This Week's News 03.11.17

Important survey for all non-levying-paying employers - that's YOU!

This is an important survey because it asks how you feel about taking on the administrative burden of managing your own apprenticeships. Our aim has always been to hide the wiring and interpret latest policy to make it easier for you to get on with running your business without all the hassle. You may recall that one of key arguments for the apprenticeship reforms was to "put employers in the driving seat" so is taking on the administration of apprenticeships what they had in mind all along? Although you won't be able to have an apprenticeship service account until at least 2018, the government wants to find out what you think. Click on the link to complete the short survey.

Confused about apprenticeships?

To read an easy to follow summary of the recent changes to apprenticeships, please click here

Download Apprenticeship Agreement guidance and template

Employers must sign an apprenticeship agreement with an apprentice. This gives details of what you agree to do for the apprentice, including:

  • how long you'll employ them for
  • the training you'll give them
  • their working conditions
  • the qualifications they are working towards

You can write your own apprentice agreement or download a template here.

What is an Apprenticeship Commitment Statement?

A commitment statement is an agreement between the employer, apprentice and ITS which sets out details of how the apprenticeship will be delivered, its content, timescales, and the roles and expectations of each of the three parties. There is a separate commitment statement for each apprentice taken on by the employer. It must be signed by the apprentice (and signed by a parent or carer if the apprentice is under 18), their employer and ITS. All three parties must keep a current signed and dated version. This new requirement was introduced in May 2017 and forms part of the Apprenticeship funding and performance-management rules.

Employing under 18s

There are a number of employment rights all workers have when they start a job, but young workers - those under 18 years old - usually have a few additional or different rights to protect them at work.
Key points:

  • Young workers are entitled to two days off per week
  • A daily rest break of 12 consecutive hours - the break between finishing work one day and starting work the next - they can't be asked to work until 9pm and be in by 8.30am the following day
  • A rest break of at least 30 minutes if the working day lasts more than 4.5 hours - that includes days when the salon is busy
  • Young workers normally will not work more than 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week
  • Young workers don't normally work at night - however, there are some exceptions
  • Workers aged 16-17 are entitled to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage at the relevant rate.


The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees, job seekers and trainees because of their Age discrimination, this includes young workers.
There are four types of age discrimination:

  • Direct discrimination - treating someone less favourably because of their actual, or perceived age.
  • Indirect discrimination - when a policy or practice which applies to all workers, but disadvantages people of a particular age.
  • Harassment - when unwanted conduct related to age creates an offensive environment for that individual.
  • Victimisation - unfair treat of an employee who has made or supported a complaint about age discrimination.

Health & Safety

When employing young workers under the age of 18, employers have the same responsibilities for their health and safety as they do for all workers. Many young workers will be unfamiliar with risks and the behaviours expected of them. They may need additional help and training to allow them to carry out their work without putting themselves and others at risk. This is why often age limits are in place on the use of some equipment and machinery such as fork lift trucks. Download the Acas guide Employing Younger Workers.

Lord Sugar, you're fired! Minister appoints apprenticeships ambassadors

MPs Maria Caulfield, Stephen Metcalfe and Trudy Harrison are all tasked with championing the opportunities and benefits of apprenticeships, to encourage people from all ages and backgrounds to consider taking one up. "All the reforms we have introduced will make sure that there are high quality apprenticeship opportunities for millions of people of all ages and from all backgrounds," Skills Minister Anne Milton said. "We want everyone to have the skills to get a job with prospects, and for employers to have the skilled workforce they need. Since May 2015 we have seen over 1.1million apprenticeship starts." Entrepreneur Lord Alan Sugar could be about to quit his role as the country's apprenticeships champion after receiving no contact from government officials after six months in the job. The businessman, best known for his role in the hit TV show The Apprentice, was appointed 'enterprise tsar' by former prime minister David Cameron back in May, but in the wake of the turmoil in the Conservative government following Brexit, Lord Sugar said he thought he had been neglected by officials and would now 'rethink' his position, according to his spokesperson.

NHF photographic stylist of the year

It's going to be a tough decision to pick the winners! view some of the finalists' creations.

NHF Britain's Best 2017

BRITAIN'S BEST is back for its sixth year. There are nine categories where students, trainees and qualified stylists and barbers take to the floor to compete, create and perfect their style. Plus, to celebrate the NHF's 75th Anniversary they've a special fantasy 'Forties to Noughties' category. This year's national competition is being held on Sunday 19th November at The VOX Conference Centre, Birmingham, B40 1PU. More information here.

Team ITS warmly welcomes these learners who started their Apprenticeships this week

Chelsey Coiro - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship - Mickenna Hair, Bletchingley
Lauren Griffiths - Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship - Salon Sixteen, Petersfield
Leah Noble - Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship - Salon Sixteen, Petersfield


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