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This Week's News 07.09.18

ITS welcomes Simone!

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Simone Diges as full-time Lead IQA and Trainer Assessor. Simone will be supporting the TAQA candidates at the first workshop on 17th September.


Another positive EQA visit

On 28 August, Caroline Puttock, City & Guilds External Quality Assurer (EQA), carried out her first visit to ensure the learners who have been registered with ITS have received a quality service, and that the assessment decisions are valid and reliable. The visit took place at Velvet Rooms 4 Hair in Chobham and the EQA watched assessments taking place and inspected assessment records. Feedback from the EQA included ITS having robust systems in place and that valuable feedback was given to both the learner and assessor. She said it was clear that assessor and IQA were approachable and had good working relationships with the salon and learners. She really liked the ILJ, the new learning logs and Off the Job training records. She only recorded one action as follows:

ACTION: All Assessors assessing 7002 need to include a reflective account for evidence of 30 hours hands on hairdressing CPD - it is no longer acceptable to provide a letter from your employer. To meet this action, reflective accounts need to be completed and forwarded to the EQA by 31 October. Thank you to Leanne Humphries and her team for accommodating the visit and your hospitality.


STOP! Are you suitably dressed to be assessed?

Caroline Puttock, City and Guilds EQA praised our message to learners about the importance of wearing suitable clothing and footwear: WARNING! Your assessment will be stopped and your End Point Assessment will result in an automatic fail if you do not follow these guidelines:

  • Cropped tops and low necklines are not suitable when you are working with chemicals and heated styling equipment - and hair clippings could end up anywhere! Excessively loose or ripped clothing are not suitable due to the risk of becoming caught on tools and equipment.
  • Flip-Flops and open-toed shoes are a danger because you are at risk of hair splinters or injury from chemical splashes and dropped sharps or heated styling equipment.

Workers' rights will remain unchanged in 'no deal' Brexit

There will be no change to workers' rights and protections in the event of a no deal Brexit, the government has confirmed. It said that after 29 March 2019, regardless of whether the UK reaches a deal with the EU or not, workers will continue to be entitled to the same rights as those are covered under The EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018, which translates EU legislation into UK law. In a guidance document called 'Workplace rights if there's no Brexit deal' - one of the 25 'no deal' Brexit advice papers published - the government said domestic legislation already exceeds the level of employment protection provided under EU law. It intends to make small amendments to the language of workplace legislation to reflect that the UK will no longer be a member of the EU. No policy changes will be made. Secretary for exiting the European Union Dominic Raab said: "The technical notice on workplace rights explains the steps we are taking to transfer all EU legislation into UK law in time for exit, so workers will continue to be entitled to the rights they have now, such as flexible working or parental leave. In many areas we already go much further than the EU."


First aid at work - your questions answered

This free HSE leaflet answers some basic questions about first-aid provision at work including:

  • What is first aid at work?
  • What is emergency first aid at work?
  • What do first-aid regulations require of me?
  • First-aid box / kit contents
  • What is a first aider?

It also includes a checklist of points to consider when setting out first-aid provision in your salon.


The NSPCC call for independent regulation of social networks

The NSPCC has released findings from a survey looking at the online risks faced by children and young people aged 7 to 16 in the UK. The survey asked 21,648 primary school children and 18,186 secondary school children, if an adult had sent or shown them a naked or semi-naked picture/video on an app, site or game. 4% (791) of primary school children and 5% (959) of secondary school children answered yes. The NSPCC is calling for: an independent regulator who can put in place mandatory child safety rules for social networks; social networks to offer safe accounts for children and proactively search for, and stop, child grooming on their platforms; and detailed reporting on how social networks are keeping children safe, and how they deal with reports and complaints. Further information: Children sending and receiving sexual messages (PDF).


Congratulations to the following learner who completed her Apprenticeship this week

Rachel Smith - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship


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