This Week's News 16.02.18

Partner salon network meeting - Monday 12th February

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the PSN meeting on Monday - it was great to see so many of you.

Partner salon network meeting

Big congratulations to Amy O'Halleran (Academy), Chiara McCarthy (Academy), Hannah Munton (Leo Bancroft), Kelly Flint (Academy), Megan McLachlan (Salon Sixteen) and Sade MacKinnon (Academy) who were presented with their TAQA certificates at the meeting:

We covered a lot on the evening. Charlotte explained our current hot topics including 20% on the job training, the importance of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and the increase in the national minimum wage in April 2018. Lesley gave an interesting presentation on Health & Safety and Safeguarding and we had very useful group exercises which covered the business benefits of improved English & maths, recruitment & marketing, end point assessment and oral questions. Thank you for joining in so enthusiastically with this exercise. Your opinions are important to us.

For more details, please see the minutes and presentations which are available on our website here (please note that you will need to login to view).

Ofsted report published

We are delighted that following a short inspection on 24th and 25th January, ITS continues to be rated good by Ofsted.

Thank you to the employers who welcomed inspectors during their visits and to the apprentices and in-salon assessors who were interviewed.

  • "Many advanced apprentices go on to take Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance awards at level 3, so that they can become in-salon assessors or take up quality assurance roles."
  • "Employers act as very good role models for apprentices, and a growing number of salon owners or salon group owners were apprentices with ITS."
  • "Many intermediate apprentices work to the standards expected at advanced level."

You can read the full report by clicking here.

HR (human resources) templates now available on our website!

We're always looking at ways to make the busy lives of salon owners that little bit easier and we think we've hit the mark with our new HR documents and guidance. Available to download in Word, they can be saved and altered to suit your business needs:

  • Apprentice wanted window advert
  • Application form for apprentices
  • Interview checklist
  • Trial day feedback form
  • Job description
  • Employee performance review form
  • Apprenticeship agreement
  • Induction checklist
  • Mentor handbook

Please let us know of anything else you think would be useful - thank you.

Recruitment of apprentices

We help you to recruit apprentices by advertising your vacancies on a government website where young people can do a search and apply. We screen all applicants using a short telephone interview and this helps us to identify those who show the most promise. Often, this is the first time a young person has applied for a job and will be their first interview too. Some young people will have the confidence to walk through the salon door and enquire - but only if they see an advert in the window. If a person does come in to enquire about a job vacancy have your staff been briefed on what to say? A friendly, welcome will make all the difference to someone who is feeling apprehensive and has plucked up the courage to come in and ask.

Number of Live Apprenticeship Vacancies at the end of June 2017

Hair and beauty falls within Retail & Commercial Enterprise.

Subject Sector Live Vacancies
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care 430
Arts, Media and Publishing 90
Business, Administration and Law 7,170
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment 2,260
Education and Training 710
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies 3,820
Health, Public Services and Care 3,430
Information and Communication Technology 1,460
Leisure, Travel and Tourism 680
Retail and Commercial Enterprise 4,090
Science and Mathematics -
Unknown 4,690
Total Apprenticeship Vacancies 28,530
Traineeship Opportunities 1,480
Total 30,300

Number of Live Vacancies at the end of June 2017 by Programme Level

Apprenticeship Level Live Vacancies
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship 20,310
Advanced Level Apprenticeship 7,630
Higher Apprenticeships 590
Total Apprenticeship Vacancies 28,530

Don't ignore the law!

HSE approved law poster The HSE approved law poster must be displayed on all business premises… There are various versions of the poster, so that you can select the most appropriate for your business, depending on where in the UK your business is based. Employers are required, by law, to either display the HSE-approved law poster or to provide each of their workers with the equivalent leaflet. Find out more about what you should display - and download the poster for free here.

Multiplication tables check: development process

Tests to check whether 8 and 9-year-olds know their times tables will be trialled in some primary schools in England next month before being rolled out nationally. The test, which ministers hope will improve pupils' numeracy, will become mandatory in 2020 for all year 4 students. The government says the on-screen test, which assesses knowledge of the times tables up to 12, will last no longer than five minutes and has been designed to avoid causing additional stress for children and teachers. The Department for Education sought to reassure teachers that the results would not be published and would not be used by Ofsted to enforce any changes. Many school leaders remain opposed to the new test, which is being introduced just as Sats tests in maths and English for 7-year-olds are about to be phased out after complaints about the burden of stress on young children and their teachers.

Government 'Good Work Plan' in response to the Taylor Review

Press release claims "Millions to benefit from enhanced rights as government responds to Taylor review of modern working practices" which investigated what impact modern working practices are having on the world of work. As a part of these reforms, Government are pledging to ensure:

  • millions of workers to get new day-one rights with sick and holiday pay to be enforced for vulnerable workers for the first time,
  • reforms will ensure employment law and practices keep pace with modern ways of working created by rapid technological change,
  • for the first time the government will be accountable for good quality work as well as quantity of jobs - a key ambition of the UK's Industrial Strategy.

Furthermore, today the government will launch the following four consultations to inform what the future of the UK workforce looks like:

  • Consultation on enforcement of employment rights recommendations
  • Consultation on agency worker's recommendations
  • Consultation on measures to increase transparency in the UK labour market
  • Consultation on employment status

Business Secretary Greg Clarke said "The 'Good Work plan' puts the UK at the front of the pack in addressing the challenges and opportunities of modern ways of working, it is an important part of the Industrial Strategy and will enhance our business environment as one of the best places to work, invest and do business." There has been somewhat of a mixed reaction to the Government's proposals with Neil Carberry, CBI managing director for people, said: "Responsible businesses back strong enforcement against the small number of firms whose poor practices tarnish the reputation of the vast majority that are a force for good. However, dissatisfaction has also been voiced as evident from TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady who has said: "These plans won't stop the hire and fire culture of zero-hours contracts or sham self-employment. And they will still leave 1.8 million workers excluded from key protections. GMB boss Tim Roache weighed in stating the proposals amounted to "trying to put out a forest fire with a water pistol". The full press release can be accessed here.

City & Guilds - new EPA preparation tool for apprentices on 'standards' (not frameworks)

EPA preparation toolVisit https://email.cityandguilds.com/1LRT-5EDTV-70K6S2NT3D/cr.aspx

Big questions hang over training and pay for new mental health leads

Schools are still none the wiser on plans for new mental health "leads" after it emerged the government is yet to decide how much training they will receive or whether teachers will be paid more for taking on the role. The schools minister told a joint inquiry by the parliamentary education and health committees on Wednesday that officials are still in the process of inviting bids from companies to train the leads, a major aspect of the government's recent green paper on young people's mental health. It also emerged this week that health support teams being set up to help schools treat pupils may well be made up of psychology graduates and existing school mentors, rather than experienced clinicians. Ministers announced plans to spend £95 million training the leads and £215 million on the support teams to work between the NHS and schools last December.

Sex education 'must cover respect and consent', say young mums

BBC News highlights comments made by young mums about the importance of teaching young people about issues such as: consent; coercion; grooming; abusive relationships; sharing intimate photos and videos; the pressures of social media; and the risk of date-rape drugs during sex and relationships education. The article shares the experiences of some young women, focusing on the emotional impact of feeling pressured to have sex. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-42962268


To mark International day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM) on 6th February, the Guardian published the following video - 'Why did you cut me?' Survivors share the pain of FGM (video).

FGM Act 2003 - UK law states that a person is guilty of an offence if they excise, infibulate or otherwise mutilate the whole or any part of a girl's or woman's labia majora, labia minora or clitoris for non-medical reasons. It is illegal to perform/arrange for FGM to be carried out on a girl in the UK or to take a girl abroad.

  • FGM is child abuse
  • FGM is illegal
  • FGM can have harmful health consequences

Prevalence of FGM today see http://nationalfgmcentre.org.uk/world-fgm-prevalence-map/

Team ITS warmly welcomes these learners who started their Apprenticeships this week

Jasmine Joyce - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship - Leo Bancroft, Weybridge
Jasmine Stunell - Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship - Leo Bancroft, Weybridge
Maddison Willoughby - Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship - Leo Bancroft, Weybridge

Congratulations to the following learners who completed their Apprenticeships this week

Francesca O'Donnell - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Hamilton Hair, Wokingham
Megan Cutland - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship - Glitterati, Weybridge

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