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This Week's News 25.08.17

Do you know about the new GCSE grades?

Soon you'll be receiving applications from new apprentices with the new numbered grades and it's important that you understand how these correspond to the old system and how they differ. The most obvious change is the new grading system. From this summer, learners in new GCSEs in English language, English literature and maths, will receive numbers instead of letters as grades. This signals a change to GCSEs, with more grades at the top end to differentiate better between higher ability students. This short postcard explains this issue in more detail. By 2020 all students taking GCSEs in England will receive only numbered grades.


Current Wage Rates

Lots of school leavers and others are taken on for an apprenticeship at this time of year and it is important that you know how much you need to pay them.  From 1 April 2017, the national living wage increased 4.2% to £7.50 per hour and the national minimum wage for workers aged 21-24 increased 1.4% to £7.05. There are also increases for workers on the minimum wage aged 18-20 and 16-17; as well as an uplift in the rate for apprentices and the accommodation offset.

Current national minimum rates of pay
£7.50 per hour - 25 years and over
£7.05 per hour - 21-24 years
£5.60 per hour - 18-20 years
£4.05 per hour - 16-17 years
£3.50 for apprentices under 19 or who are 19 or over in the first year of an apprenticeship


In readiness for the End Point Assessment

It has been noticed that although apprentices should be wearing gloves for applying foils, often they don't. When being assessed at the End Point Assessment wearing no gloves is an automatic fail! Get your apprentices into the habit of always using gloves so that it becomes second nature to wear them when they are being assessed, and don't forget to put them on.

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Employer fees for apprentices aged 19+

We are often asked how much the fees are for apprentices aged 19+ now that the apprenticeship funding changes are in place. The current list of fees for learners aged 19+ is below.  This information has already been sent to existing partner salons and those who are intending to partner with ITS in the near future. The information is available in the Partner Salon Agreement. 

Please can any existing partner salon have not yet returned the completed back page of their new agreement to the office, please make sure you do so, this a contractual requirement of the ESFA and we cannot claim funding for your apprentices without it. If you have mislaid your Partner Salon Agreement please let us know so that we can resend to you.

Partner Salon with an Active In-Salon Assessor

  Fee English Maths Learning Support End Point Assessment** Small Employer Incentive Payment
19+ Level 2 Hair Professional £800 nil nil nil nil n/a
19+ Level 3 Apprenticeship £500/£1300* nil nil nil n/a n/a
19+ Level 3 Senior Hair Professional TBC nil nil nil nil n/a

* Level 3 Apprenticeship dependent on other Apprentices being on programme.
** Re-sits of the End Point Assessment may incur a charge.

Partner Salon without an Active In-Salon Assessor

  Fee English Maths Learning Support End Point Assessment** Small Employer Incentive Payment
19+ Level 2 Hair Professional £900 nil nil nil nil n/a
19+ Level 3 Apprenticeship £1000/£2500* nil nil nil n/a n/a
19+ Level 3 Senior Hair Professional TBC nil nil nil nil n/a

* Level 3 Apprenticeship dependent on other Apprentices being on programme.
** Re-sits of the End Point Assessment may incur a charge.


Date for your diary

Next Partner Salon Network meeting
Date: Tuesday 17th October 2017
Time 6.00-8.30 pm (registration and refreshments from 5.30 pm)
Venue: School of Management Building, University of Surrey, Stag Hill Campus, Guildford GU2 7XH
Further details: please speak with your ITS Trainer/Assessor or call us on 02392 591666


 

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