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This Week's News 14.09.18

ESFA clarifies apprenticeship wage requirements

In October 2017, ITS introduced the 3-Month Trial Period for new learners in an effort to retain our number on programme. We are pleased to report that this initiative has resulted in a 30% reduction in early leavers! Given its success, we consider this to be a crucial tool for learner engagement and appreciate your commitment to this plan. However, we are now in the position of having to assess what we pay employees during this trial period.

In the last edition of ESFA's Apprenticeship Funding Rules for Training Providers, it clearly states that employers can only pay the Apprentice Minimum Wage once the learner is signed on to the programme. Therefore, salons must now pay employees the appropriate National Minimum Wage during any trial period.

Another consequence of this mandate is the updating of your Partner Salon Agreement. We have added the following statement to the document:

The National Minimum Wage must be paid to employees during the 3-month trial period, only transferring to the minimum apprenticeship wage once the employee is enrolled in the government-funded apprenticeship programme.

All salons will be emailed this information again with the amended Partner Salon Agreement attached. Please print and sign the attachment and send a scanned copy to ten/dtl-sti//ofni. Conversely, the signed document can be passed to your TA during the next visit.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your continued support of ITS as we navigate change to our programmes.


Partner Salon Network Meeting

Reminder that the next PSN meeting is being held on Monday 8th October 2018. The meeting will run from 6.00pm till 8.30pm, with registration and refreshments from 5.30pm. The agenda can be found here. Invites and joining instructions were sent to salons this week. Please RSVP to ten/dtl-sti//airotciv if you haven't already done so.


In-Salon Assessors benefit learners AND businesses... what are you waiting for?

Kate Trippick has this to say:
I've written before about recruiting learners, engaging with their schools and "sweetening the pot" to encourage them to stay employed once onboard. A successful training programme has a robust learner engagement strategy that is frequently reviewed and assessed. One often-overlooked strategy benefits both learners AND employers. This secret weapon is the In-Salon Assessor! Let's explore the reasons why and how you can nominate a member of your team to become qualified.

  • Personalisation: Apprentices who are employed in a salon with an ISA have the advantage of being trained and assessed by someone who has working knowledge of your business and style. This provides more relevance to their role and your business. By combining home-grown experience with a recommended training course, you will find that your apprentices will receive assessing of the highest quality.
  • Productive Workforce: In turn, you will also notice a more productive workforce. It has been proven time after time that ISAs can drive productivity of the workforce. The reasoning is simple - because the training is more relevant and learners tend to develop their skills and organisation knowledge much quicker.
  • Lower Costs: It's no secret... salons who do not have an ISA pay more per learner. This increase currently occurs with +19 Level 2 and Level 3 training.
  • Increased Morale: Learners will develop their skills and cement their position in your salon through ISA trained staff, leading to increased morale and loyalty.

Have I convinced you yet? If so, ITS offers TAQA Training Courses twice per year. The course consists of three day-long workshops to attend supported by self-study and attendance at a Partner Salon Network meeting. On successful completion, the participant will be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement.

We will be offering the next course commencing April 2019. If you would like to register your interest, please send an email to ten/dtl-sti//ofni to receive more information regarding the TAQA course.


National Apprenticeship Week 2019 date announced

The date of the 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week - to take place in 2019 - has been announced and will run from 4 to 8 March 2019. This annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships will bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

Following the most successful National Apprenticeship Week ever that took place earlier this year, National Apprenticeship Week 2019 - which also coincides with National Careers Week - will look to involve more individuals, employers, partners and providers in activities that highlight the benefits apprenticeships bring to employers and the opportunities apprenticeships present to individuals.


Damning Ofsted report was 'generous', says new Surrey children's services director

Surrey County Council's children's services were rated "inadequate" in April 2018, but the department's new director said inspectors were being "gentle". View the full article here.


NSPCC Learning launched

The NSPCC has launched NSPCC Learning, a new website with the latest child protection and safeguarding news, information and training. The new website brings together information and resources for professionals working in safeguarding and child protection in one central point including: the latest research, child protection statistics, leaflets, practical guidance, briefings and evaluations; and information on key topics including resources to keep children safe in schools and colleges. Further information NSPCC Learning.


Congratulations to the following learners who completed their Apprenticeships this week

Emma Champion - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
Victoria Allen - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
Dayna Scott - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship


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