This Week's News 10.02.17

Gill Simpson

So long and farewell, Gill

We're very sad to be saying farewell to Gill Simpson today. Gill has been with ITS since September 2010 and decided to go and do something completely different. While we will miss you, and have fond memories of working with you, we wish you well and all the success you deserve. Your dedication and work ethic have been an inspiration to us all. Colleagues like you are hard to come by. ITS was lucky to benefit from your talent for all these years. Farewell and good luck for the future!

Elisa Dos Santos

And welcome, Elisa!

Pronounced 'Eleeza', we are delighted to welcome Trainer/Assessor Elisa Dos Santos to the team. Elisa has been busy visiting salons and meeting learners - and says she loves her new job! Welcome on board Elisa!

New leader for learning support

Linda Somers

We are delighted to announce that Linda Somers (pictured) is now heading up the learning support team. Linda taught music to babies and children for 11 years before moving into Learning Support and working 1:1 and in small groups with young people with a variety of learning needs from ADHD to dyslexia and dyspraxia and with Down's Syndrome children. Linda enjoys finding different ways to help apprentices understand maths and English and loves those "penny dropping moments when learners realise they CAN do it!.

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 TAQA information.

Hair professional standard

Download the standard

Hair professional assessment plan

Download the assessment plan

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 (but not hairdressing yet) 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
Download the information

Guidance on how apprenticeship funding will work

Download the guidance

Equality law for hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons

Equality law applies to any business that provides goods, facilities or services to members of the public. This includes hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons, spas and manicure services among others. This ranges from sole traders who visit people in their own homes to large national chains. It doesn't matter whether the service is free, for example, a free haircut provided to people willing to be models, or whether it must be paid for - it will still be covered by equality law.
Particular issues to think about are:

  • whether, if you want to, you can provide services for people with a particular protected characteristic, or separate services for men and women, or a service for only men or only women
  • access to washbasins, changing rooms, treatment rooms and other facilities
  • whether you can put conditions on who uses your services, based on people's protected characteristics

Visit equality and human rights commission pages on the law for hairdressers-barbers-and-beauty-salons

National minimum wage and national living wage rates

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on age and whether the employee is an apprentice - see https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Thousands affected by fake employers using online job application fraud

In the last decade, the internet has opened up a host of new opportunities for job seekers - with 67 per cent now going online to look for new roles - but it has also opened the door to opportunistic fraudsters. Online job fraud now affects thousands of people in the UK every year - with the average scam costing the victim around £4,000. Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is an overview of your basic personal details, employment/academic history, including any qualifications gained, and is primarily used by employers to screen the suitability of a job seeker and match to a job role. Whilst you will want to sell yourself and impress future employers/recruiters, too much personal information may lead to identity theft, where fraudsters can obtain your details, steal your identity and spend your money, take out loans or buy goods in your name. Your CV should be a maximum of two pages and should include your name, contact number, email address employment/academic history; qualifications gained where applicable and key skills/personal interests. This may be tailored, dependent on the job role to change the emphasis of information included. Remember, it is a summary - so NEVER include:

  • your date of birth
  • your full address
  • passport number
  • driving licence number
  • national insurance number
  • marital status and number of children
  • credit card or bank account numbers
  • weight and height
  • hair and eye colour

Employers may ask for other qualifications related to seeking employment however, it is not normal for them to ask for information unrelated to seeking employment. To avoid identity theft, always verify the employer/recruiter that you are applying to, to ensure that they are who they claim to be.

Stress summit

Half a million workers across Britain are suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety. Forty two percent of self-reported cases were new in 2015/16 (Labour Force Survey). In every workplace, the employer has a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the people they employ. The ethos of health and safety legislation is prevention - stopping a person being injured or made unwell by their work makes better financial sense for the employer. Estimates of how much work-related stress costs Great Britain each year range from £3billion to £100billion. Basic costs of the 11.7 million working days lost may account for the lower estimate. But if you start to add up the costs of lost production (including the reduced productivity) to those in work who may experience physical symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, the cost of replacement staff and the medical treatment for sufferers, you can see how the bill starts to mount up.

Taking place on 16th March at the QEII Conference centre in Westminster, the STRESS SUMMIT supports the Government's push to promote good mental health, tackle ill health and help to keep people in work.

The aims of the summit are:

  • raising awareness of work related stress and how it can impact on the health of workers and their employers
  • promoting ideas for tackling such stress and promoting good mental health
  • contributing to the foundation of a truly multidisciplinary organisational perspective to tackling stress
  • eliciting practical ideas on how to develop a more strategic approach

For further information go to the work-related stress pages on HSE's website.


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