This Week's News 24.03.17

No funded qualifications for over a third of approved standards

More than a third of the apprenticeship standards that the government has deemed ready for delivery involve no funded qualifications other than a final assessment... Read more

The new T-levels

We've felt the reform of apprenticeships and now on its way is the reform of technical education. On the cards is the establishment of new "T-levels" are full time college courses for 16-19-year-olds that have a requirement for a "high quality" three-month work placement. Hilary Hall of the NHF (National Hairdressers Federation said): "Hair and beauty salons and barber shops have long complained about students leaving college qualified on paper but in reality, they aren't ‘salon ready'. Anything that helps to better prepare potentially talented youngsters for the world of work is welcome. The idea of mandatory work placements is also positive but we'd like to see the detail of how these will work in practice. Will salons, for example, be paid for taking on these extra trainees or will they, in effect, be picking up the tab for colleges? And how, and where, are colleges going to find enough salons - many of them already hard-pressed - to take on all these extra work experience trainees?"

How positive is your message about skin tests?

Using positive language helps limit objections clients may have to the inconvenience of a skin test:

"We offer a complimentary skin allergy testing service"
"Time taken - just two minutes"
"We take your comfort and health seriously"
"Experiencing only a short inconvenience will make your colour appointment even more relaxing and enjoyable"

Other ways of reassuring clients that you take your responsibilities seriously include:

  • Completing an accurate record of the skin test
  • Providing an advice card that explains what they should do/not do after they've had the skin test
  • Offering a small discount on the price of their colour appointment to compensate for the inconvenience

Schools struggle with children's mental health

Parliament held the first joint inquiry between the education and health committees this week. It took evidence on young people's mental health and what it means for everyone working in the education and training sector. Siobhan Collingwood, headteacher of Morecambe Bay Community Primary School, said early intervention at her school meant no pupil waited for in-house interventions. But once pupils hit "crisis" point and the school was forced refer to other services, they faced "up to 40-week waiting lists". In January, the prime minister, Theresa May, announced proposals to train mental health first-aiders in all secondary schools. Statistics from the National Health Service showed a sharp rise in how long children waited between referrals and "first contact" with mental health services, from an average of 7.3 days in February last year, to 28 in June. Pupils as young as seven are threatening physical and sexual violence towards each other on social media. Collingwood said her school was looking at peer support programmes in which "older and cooler teenagers" will come in and speak frankly to pupils about the impact of such behaviour. "Sometimes we are too careful and politically correct about how we talk to pupils. It's putting them at considerable risk."

Young people to design anti-radicalisation programme

Young people across the UK are set to consult their peers on how to tackle terrorism and prevent young people becoming radicalised, as part of a £1.3m European Union scheme. The 30-strong youth advisory board will begin the project by visiting schools, universities, young offender institutions and community organisations to talk to children and young people about their experiences and opinions on the causes of radicalisation. After gathering evidence, they will present their findings and prevention ideas to policymakers, including Home Office officials who are backing the scheme.

Childline launches new app 'For Me'

Childline has launched an app that is the first to provide counselling to young people in need of help directly through their mobile devices. The app has been named 'For Me' to ensure that it can be discreetly installed. It is now available as a free download so young people can easily access Childline's online services that include:

  • 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor
  • 'Ask Sam' problem pages
  • Private locker - a personal area where young people can track their mood and write down their thoughts.

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

Fiona Clynshaw - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Millie Jones, Haslemere


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