This Week's News 05.05.17

Would you like to be an Independent Apprenticeship Examiner?

If you are interested in becoming an Independent Apprenticeship Examiner, check that you meet the criteria (see page 5 of the hair professional assessment plan) and email ofni/fhn//seiriuqne with information about your skills and experience together with your contact details. These will be passed on to the Awarding Organisations which are approved for the qualification.

Hair professional standard

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Hair professional assessment plan

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Current wage rates

In 2017, the national minimum wage increased on 1 April - not 1 October as it has done every year since its inception in 1999. This makes the rate rise coincide with that of the national living wage - the minimum wage rate for people aged 25 and over - which was introduced in 2016. A poll of more than 1,400 workers found that 57 per cent did not know having money deducted from their wages to cover the costs of their uniform is unlawful if it takes their earnings under the national minimum or national living wage and 48 per cent did not know that tips cannot be used to top up pay to the legal minimum. From 1 April 2017, the national living wage increased 4.2% to £7.50 per hour and the national minimum wage for workers aged 21-24 increased 1.4% to £7.05. There are also increases for workers on the minimum wage aged 18-20 and 16-17; as well as an uplift in the rate for apprentices and the accommodation offset.

Current national minimum rates of pay
£7.50 per hour - 25 years and over
£7.05 per hour - 21-24 years
£5.60 per hour - 18-20 years
£4.05 per hour - 16-17 years
£3.50 for apprentices under 19 or who are 19 or over in the first year of an apprenticeship

Example 1
Serena leaves school in June 2017 and starts on a three-month trial at a salon in July with the intention of starting an apprenticeship in October. Provided Serena is employed under an apprenticeship agreement rather than a contract of employment she can be paid the apprenticeship wage from the start. If she is employed under a contract of employment in July she must be paid the national minimum wage for her age (which is higher than the apprenticeship rate) and must have a new apprenticeship agreement when she starts her apprenticeship.

Example 2
Curtis completes his intermediate apprenticeship when he is 19 and progresses to an advanced apprenticeship. His employer is entitled to pay him the apprenticeship wage for the first 12 months because it is counted as a completely separate apprenticeship.

Into Apprenticeships Guide 2017

Disability Rights UK's 'Into Apprenticeships' is a guide for disabled people, parents and key advisers about applying for apprenticeships in England. Download a copy

Events Calendar

Partner salon network meeting
Date: Monday 8th May
Time 6.00-8.30 pm (registration and refreshments from 5.30 pm)
Venue: School of Management Building, University of Surrey, Stag Hill Campus, Guildford GU2 7XH
Further details: please speak with your ITS Trainer/Assessor or call us on 02392 591666

Photographic competition 2017 'Best of British'
Entry deadline: midday on Friday 30th June
Judging: Thursday 6th July
More details here (you will need to log in to gain access)

British hairdressing awards 2017
Entry deadline: Friday 23rd June
Awards ceremony: Monday 27th November
Download entry form

British hairdressing business awards 2017
Entry deadline: Friday 16th June
Awards ceremony: Monday 11th September
Download entry form

Salon International hair competitions 2017
Event dates: 15th to 17th October
Competitions: Barber of the Year, Rising Star, Bridal Hairdresser of the Year and Extensions Specialist of the Year
Further details

Government to publish workplace dress code guidance following high heels petition

New guidance on workplace dress codes will be published by the Government, but there will be no changes to the law following receptionist Nicola Thorpís petition to make it illegal to require women to wear high heels at work. The Government Equalities Office, working with Acas, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), will publish workplace dress code guidance for employers this summer. In developing the guidance, the Government said it would consider controversial dress code requirements including high heels and footwear, make-up, manicures and hairstyle. It will also consider hosiery, see-through clothing, skirt length and low-fronted or unbuttoned tops.


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