This Week's News 17.02.17

Next assessor course (TAQA) starts in May - places are filling up fast so please book your place NOW

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 and how to book your place, please see TAQA information.

Attracting young workers

Among the 90.7% of employers taking part in the young workers' survey, who have recruited young workers in the past 12 months, workers aged 16 to 24 comprise on average 35% of all new hires over this period. This number falls to 31.1% among the largest employers. The majority of employers do not actively target young workers when recruiting, with 57.9% welcoming applications from all age groups. Around half this number (29.3%) actively seek to recruit young workers for specific roles, and 12.9% actively seek to recruit them for all roles. Online candidate attraction methods such as the organisation's own corporate website, social media networks and job boards are widely used by employers looking to hire young workers. Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are the three most widely used social media networks for employers seeking potential candidates aged 16 to 24, while a minority use Instagram. Among employers using job boards as a candidate attraction method for young workers, 'Indeed' is the most popular choice. Despite their widespread use, only around one employer in 10 rates either the organisation's website or social media as the most effective candidate-attraction method for recruiting good-quality candidates.

Push for older apprentices - could this be the answer to recruitment problems?

Over-60s are being encouraged to do more apprenticeships, in a new government report looking at how to boost employment prospects in later life. The report by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), called Fuller Working Lives: A Partnership Approach, has been unveiled. It refers repeatedly to retraining opportunities for people aged over 45, and even for those approaching or past conventional retirement age. Apprenticeships are referred to as an "all age programme", and the report said: "We know that older people can and do access apprenticeships" . . . read article

Apprenticeship funding from May 2017: how it will work

In May 2017, the way the government funds apprenticeships in England will change. Some employers will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy, and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeships for all employers. The levy requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to invest in apprenticeships.


Employers with 49+ employees, including apprentices, on their payroll will be required to make a 10% contribution to the cost of training. The government will pay the rest (90%) up to the maximum amount of government funding available for the apprenticeship standard. The government calls this 'co-investment'. This co-investment is for apprentices of all ages including those aged 16-18. Employers will make the contribution payment directly to ITS, and we must be able to show evidence of your payment for the balancing 90% to be released.


Employers with 1-49 employees, including apprentices, on their payrollwill be able to train 16 to 18-year-old apprentices without making any contribution towards the costs of training and assessment up to the funding band maximum. The government will pay 100% of the training costs.


Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Framework - There will be a large reduction in funding for the level 3 hairdressing apprenticeship framework, for all age groups. We are currently finalising the results of an impact assessment on this and looking at what financial contributions employers may need to pay.

Level 2 Hair Professional Standard - Includes a mandatory end-point assessment (EPA) carried out by an independent organisation. Only approved assessment organisations (AAOs) that are listed on the Register of apprenticeship assessment organisations can be used for the EPA. The cost of the EPA comes out of the apprenticeship funding.

Webinar: all about apprenticeships for SMEs - funding from May 2017

Tuesday 21 February 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join 'Apprenticemakers' for this free webinar which provides a whirlwind guide to apprenticeships including how to get started as an employer of apprentices, how to select a training provider, and upcoming changes to apprenticeships in 2017. Sign up here

Webinar: National Minimum Wage - confused about apprentices and worker status?

HMRC are running a webinar series called 'cutting your risk' that will help you avoid the common errors employers make in connection with worker status and apprenticeships.

This free, interactive webinar explains the rules in more detail. With subject matter experts on hand, this is your chance to get your questions answered.

To register, simply click here and scroll down to 'The National Living Wage and The National Minimum Wage - cutting your risk series', then select the date that best suits you.

Hair professional standard

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Hair professional assessment plan

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NHF Blackpool hairdressing competition on Sunday 12th and Monday 13th March 2017

Held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool this annual competition certainly draws in the crowds. The closing date for entries is 3rd March. Click here for information

Team ITS warmly welcomes this learner who started her Apprenticeship this week

Chelsea Goldson - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Leah Durrant Hair Salon, Chertsey


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