This Week's News 13.04.17

10 top tips employers should do to 'make apprenticeships matter'

  1. MAKE APPRENTICESHIPS PART OF THE BIGGER PICTURE: To really make apprenticeships matter apprentices should be part of your wider business growth strategy.
  2. PRIORITISE QUALITY: Choose training providers and apprentice assessment organisations (AAO) that are quality-assured and offer experience and expertise. The cost of End Point Assessment (EPA) can be anything up to 20% of the overall delivery cost.
  3. GET TO KNOW THE STANDARDS: Apprenticeship standards have been developed in partnership with employers to identify the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to do the job.
  4. BE A 'RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYER': One of the aims of the new Apprenticeship Levy is that apprenticeships are employer-led and that apprentices get more out of them in terms of social mobility and employability. You need to think beyond what the apprentice can do for your business in the short term and more about what they can bring to your wider business and sector over the long term in terms of skills.
  5. PROMOTE FAIRNESS: Apprenticeships are an opportunity to increase diversity in your workforce and they must be designed to be open to all. Training providers and EPA organisations should promote fairness by taking into account barriers to success such as confidence issues and English as a second language.
  6. EMBED THE END POINT ASSESSMENT FROM THE BEGINNING: Just as driving instructors help learner-drivers to prepare for the driving test from the very first lesson, employers should ensure that apprentices can get through the EPA process.  Employers should engage with approved AAOs as early as possible in the development, so that their knowledge and understanding is incorporated from the beginning.
  7. ALLOW TIME FOR PREPARATION: The key to making apprenticeships matter is getting your apprentices through the EPA. You wouldn't let a GCSE student go into an exam without any revision sessions or mock exams. Make sure your assessment organisation provides pre-assessment support.
  8. WORK WITH PEOPLE THAT SHARE YOUR ETHOS: When choosing apprenticeship training providers and assessment organisations, it's important that they share your organisation's ethos and values.
  9. REDUCE THE RISK: Even with the funding available through the Apprenticeship Levy for larger employers, apprenticeships are a big investment in time and resources for any organisation. Reduce the risk by making sure that everything is in place from the beginning and apprentices will be able to successfully complete the programme and become a long-term asset to your business.
  10. DON'T MAKE THE END OF THE APPRENTICESHIP, THE END OF THE LEARNING JOURNEY: Apprenticeships should lead on to further training and qualifications that will offer apprentices a career pathway that is a genuinely attractive alternative to a degree. It's also important to have a backup plan if apprentices fail the EPA to ensure that their potential doesn't go to waste and they are supported to give it another go!

Indecent images of children: guidance for young people

Taking, making, sharing and possessing indecent images and pseudo-photographs of people under 18 is illegal. A pseudo-photograph is an image made by computer-graphics or otherwise which appears to be a photograph.

This can include:

  • photos
  • videos
  • tracings and derivatives of a photograph
  • data that can be converted into a photograph

View short video here
Further information here

Fine for two companies following asbestos investigation in Surrey


What is the tax-free childcare scheme?

The Tax-free Childcare scheme will enable eligible families to receive a contribution of 20 per cent from the Government towards their childcare costs. Parents will be able to pay money into a childcare account and have the payments topped up by the Government at a rate of 20 per cent, up to an annual limit of £2,000 per child (or in the case of a disabled child up to £4,000). For example, for every 80p paid in by parents, the Government will top up the payment in the childcare account by 20p. Parents will be able to open their own childcare accounts online and the scheme will not be led or administered by employers. The Government has said that Tax-free Childcare will be introduced from 28 April 2017 and will be rolled out gradually over 2017.

What is the role of employers in the tax-free childcare scheme?

Employers are not obliged to play a role in the Tax-free Childcare scheme as the scheme will operate directly between parents and the Government. Parents will be able to set up and pay into their own childcare accounts online, which the Government will then top up at the rate of 20%, up to an annual limit of £2,000 per child (or in the case of a disabled child up to £4,000). However, employers can choose to play a voluntary role by providing employees with information on the scheme and/or by paying into employees' childcare accounts. Employers can act as a source of information on the scheme, for example by referring employees to the Government web portal for advice. A useful time to provide this information may be prior to and on return from periods of family-related leave. This option may appeal to employers that do not currently offer employer-supported childcare (ie childcare vouchers or directly contracted childcare). Employers can also choose to pay into a childcare account if they wish to do so. This could be done by facilitating payment into the childcare account on behalf of the employee. Under this option, the employer makes the payment into the childcare account directly from the employee's net pay via the payroll system. Alternatively, employers may choose to make additional payments into childcare accounts without an employee's net pay being reduced. In this case, the additional payment made by the employer will be classed as earnings and subject to appropriate tax and national insurance deductions. Instead of making a series of smaller payments, employers will also have the option of making one bulk payment. Should employers choose to take up a payment role within the scheme, they would not be required to take on any wider responsibilities such as checking an employee's eligibility for Tax-free Childcare. This would remain the Government's responsibility. The Government has said that Tax-free Childcare will be introduced from 28 April 2017 and will be rolled out gradually over 2017.

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 at: https://www.its-ltd.net/existing-partner-salons/photo-competition (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: https://www.hji.co.uk/wp-content/efs/2017/04/bhaEntryFrom_wCover17_v2.pdf

British hairdressing business awards 2017

Entry deadline: Friday 16th June
Awards ceremony: Monday 11th September
Download entry form: https://www.hji.co.uk/wp-content/efs/2017/04/British-Hairdressing-Business-Awards-2017-Entry-form.pdf

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: https://www.hji.co.uk/salon-international-competitions/

Team ITS warmly welcomes the following learners who started their Apprenticeships this week


Grace Metzger - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Twist, Newbury 
Milly Davis - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Hair Lab, Basingstoke

Congratulations from Team ITS to the following learners who completed their Apprenticeships this week

Amy Luff - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Emotive Hair, Reigate
Chloe Bellfield - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Aveda, Walton-on-Thames
Hope Bristow - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Dare, Reigate
Lydia Best - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship - Capella, Frimley
Molly Kavanagh - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Perfections, Yateley
Sophie Croft - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship - First Impressions, Four Marks


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