This Week's News 24.02.17

IMPORTANT - level 2 apprenticeships for new starts

We want to be sure that you know about the changes that will come into effect in May 2017.  The current intermediate apprenticeship framework (level 2) is to be replaced by the new Hair Professional Standard in May. This new standard was developed by employers and the main difference is that it includes an end point assessment which lasts around 6 hours - please see the Hair Professional Assessment Plan for details. Should you wish to push ahead with an application for one of your staff to do the current framework, we will need their application to be with us by the end of February/ beginning of March at the very latest. There is an online application form and once completed is sent to us with a simple click of a button! If you are unclear about the differences between the framework and the standard, please speak with your visiting trainer/assessor or contact the office on 02392 591666.

New guidance and rules for employers of apprentices

For the very first time, the government has published new guidance and funding rules for employers of apprentices. Called the 'Apprenticeship Funding: Rules and Guidance for Employers' it applies to all new starts (whether frameworks or standards) from 1st May 2017 and we strongly recommend that you are familiar with this guidance. For example, the guidance states that employers must check that the person has a genuine job and is eligible for an apprenticeship, is receiving the correct wage, has the correct apprenticeship agreement in place and can practise new skills in a real work environment. You can download a blank copy of the Apprenticeship Agreement template here.

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.

NEW - apprentice support service

We understand the importance of a healthy and productive workforce and a happy, healthy apprentice is a more productive one! Sadly, Kay Bolton will be leaving ITS at Easter so she will no longer be providing coaching support for apprentices. On a positive note, we are very pleased to announce that we are now partnered with Remploy to provide a new Apprentice Support Service so your apprentices have the support to overcome any difficulties they are experiencing and can remain a valuable asset to your business.

Photographic Competition 2017 - Best of British

Photographic Competition 2017

Entries are now OPEN for this year's photographic competition! The closing date for competition entries is midday on Friday 30th June 2017 click here for details.

Apprenticeship achievement rate falls to 67 per cent under new method

In 2015/16, the overall achievement rate for apprenticeship frameworks fell from 71.7 per cent to 67 per cent, however this follows a change to the methodology. Applying the new methodology to 2013/14 and 2014/15 shows overall achievement rates remain at 67 per cent. The Skills Funding Agency Minimum Standard threshold for 2015/16 apprenticeship achievement rates was set at 62 per cent. The SFA say: "If a college or training organisation fails to meet minimum standards, the Agency's approach to intervention will apply." Read article

NAW 2017 - 6th to 10th March

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is coming up! If you'd like to show your support and get involved, take a look at the online toolkit for ideas and suggestions. We'd love to share your NAW news and activities on our Facebook page whether that be drop in careers advice sessions at your salon for school leavers, special window displays, visits to schools to talk about apprenticeships and anything else!

Webinar: ask the apprentices

Wednesday 15 March 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
'Apprenticemakers' is handing the reins of this webinar over to a team of apprentices who will discuss some of the key apprenticeship questions of the day, such as how can businesses help apprentices quickly gain the workplace skills they need? And, how can apprenticeships become the first choice for young people? Join our team of apprentices for their ideas and solutions. Sign up here

City & Guilds independent end point assessors

City and Guilds has confirmed that it has no timescale for recruiting end point assessors for the hair professional standard. It may be just a case of checking the website page occasionally and see if this will be added on the site. If you wish to express your interest, it may be helpful to email moc/sdliugdnaytic//rossessadnetnednepedni and they will keep a record of your CV.

Team ITS warmly welcomes those who started their Apprenticeships this week

Nicole Bradley-Sleet - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Leo Bancroft, Weybridge
Rachel Smith - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Leo Bancroft, Weybridge
Scarlett Holloway - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Academy Salons, Hersham


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