This Week's News 27.01.17

Hair professional standard

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Hair professional assessment plan

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Apprentice assessment organisations - how to apply

City & Guilds have posted information for other sectors (not hairdressing) which will give you an idea of the process
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Download the list of standards for application (January 2017)

Become an independent assessment examiner

City & Guilds have posted information for other sectors (not hairdressing) which will give you an idea of the process
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Apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017 (page 14 onwards)

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Funding bands for apprenticeships

The Hair Professional is at funding band 9.
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Guidance on how apprenticeship funding will work

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Rush hair salons to double its size

Hairdressing chain Rush plans to double the size of its 84-strong chain within four years after signing a £16 million investment deal with Lloyds Bank’s private equity arm LDC. Rush also plans to open a training academy in Covent Garden and develop its online hair and beauty products business. The chain was founded by college friends Andy Phouli and Stell Andrew in Wimbledon more than 20 years ago. It's flagship branch, House of Rush on London's Piccadilly, was opened by model Cara Delevingne. Rush, which employs more than 1,100 stylists and has 13,000 clients a week, has annual sales of £36 million with profits of £4 million. Stell Andrew said: "Until now we've grown our business organically but felt the time was right to turbo-charge our expansion plans."


Much of UK employment law derives from, or is influenced by, EU law, and so the potential impact of Brexit on UK employment is significant. It is important to remember that despite the referendum, the UK remains a member state of the EU and is bound by EU law until the UK leaves the EU. The European Communities Act was passed in 1972, giving EU law supremacy over UK national law. As time has progressed, EU and UK law have become more and more intertwined and it will be difficult to separate them - although not impossible. Many aspects of our law are based on or heavily influenced by EU law: principles of equal treatment and non-discrimination; agency workers' rights; TUPE and collective redundancy processes; and working time rules including those about holiday pay and rest breaks to name a few. So, while basic areas of employment law such as unfair dismissal, family-friendly rights, national minimum wage and working time arrangements are unlikely to change post-Brexit, negotiations in terms of the free movement of workers' principle will almost certainly see a change in how UK employers are able to employ workers from other European member states; and how UK nationals may work in the EU.

The UK's 12 priorities negotiating Brexit

  1. Provide certainty
  2. Take control of our own laws
  3. Strengthen the union between the four UK nations
  4. Maintain the Common Travel Area with Ireland
  5. Control immigration from the EU
  6. Guarantee rights for EU nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU
  7. Protect workers’ rights
  8. Pursue free trade with European markets
  9. Strike new trade agreements with other countries
  10. Be the best place for science and innovation
  11. Continue to co-operate against crime and terrorism
  12. Seek phased process of implementation


The UK Government counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST, has proven to be successful over a number of years. Our approach is world leading. But the threat from terrorism continues to adapt and change. The horrific attack in Nice and attacks in Belgium, the US and Turkey remind us all of the challenges we continue to face. Throughout 2016, the UK threat level, set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, has remained at ‘SEVERE’, meaning an attack here is highly likely. Islamist terrorism has remained the principal threat. CONTEST aims to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. CONTEST deals with all forms of terrorism and continues to be based around four strands:

Pursue: the investigation and disruption of terrorist attacks
Prevent: work to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism;
Protect: improving our protective security to stop a terrorist attack; and
Prepare: working to minimise the impact of an attack and to recover as quickly as possible

The Royal Prerogative can be exercised against British passport holders to cancel, or refuse to issue, a passport on public interest grounds. It can be used to disrupt individuals who seek to travel to engage in terrorism. Between January 2015 and December 2015, the Royal Prerogative power was used 23 times.

Prevent duty

Prevent is part of a Government initiative to develop a robust counter terrorism programme, CONTEST. All communities are affected by the threat from terrorism but the nature and the extent of the threat will vary across the country. Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism and is part of the Government's counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It is based on fundamental British values. At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.

Channel programme

  • set up after the London bombings that took place on 7th July 2005
  • Channel provides support across the country to those who may be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism
  • the overall aim of the programme is early intervention and diverting people away from the risk they may face
  • Channel is a multi-agency process which decides on the most appropriate support package to divert and support the individual at risk

Although there is no nationwide breakdown of the age of the 3,955 referrals, figures released in January 2016 showed 415 children aged 10 or under had been referred to the programme in England and Wales, while 1,424 secondary school-aged children, between 11 and 15, had also been referred. Not all individuals referred will be assessed as being vulnerable to being drawn into violent extremism or in need of support from Channel. Individuals assessed as not being vulnerable to being drawn into violent extremism will have exited the process and signposted to other services more appropriate to their needs.

British values

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

Team ITS warmly welcomes those who started their Apprenticeships this week

Chloe Piquenot - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - H2O, Wokingham
Francesca Barbarito - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Toni & Guy, Woking
Paige Keighley - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Emotive Hair, Reigate
Martine Cherrington - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Dwight Isaacs, Oxshott
Sophia Burke - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Academy, Hersham

Congratulations from Team ITS to the following learner who completed her Apprenticeship this week

Julie Williams - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Academy, Cobham


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