This Week's News 30.06.17

Hair Professional Standard

Diplomas for the Hair Professionals-Hairdressing and Barbering (7002)
If you have missed any of the on boarding events for the Hair Professional standard or if you want to recap, please follow this link to watch the Webinar.

Become an independent end-point assessor for City & Guilds

City & Guilds is currently accepting applications from suitable candidates to become Lead and Independent End-point Assessors. Please follow this link for more information.

Training provider's contract axed for flouting funding rules

A major training provider claiming to have £130m of apprenticeship levy business has had its contract with the ESFA terminated, after it was discovered that one of its employees had been offering banned inducement payments to an employer. Talent Training based in South Tyneside was caught offering cash amounting to as much as 20 per cent of government funding per apprenticeship directly to a firm considering whether to engage their services for training. The money it claimed from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) was meant solely for the purposes of training and assessing apprentices, but it was offering through an intermediary to hand as much as £200 in every £1,000 back the employer in question as a kickback. The provider, which has now launched an internal investigation into the matter, appeared to try to circumvent strict government rules put in place explicitly to ban the practice. The ESFA investigated, and a spokesperson said: "It is unacceptable for any training provider to abuse the system by offering employers cash incentives from the apprenticeship levy. The ESFA has reviewed the information and taken action to protect the interests of learners and employers, by serving notice to terminate the levy agreement for Talent Training."

NHF calls for better protection for the self-employed

Chief executive Hilary Hall comments, "Self-employment is a well-established model within the hairdressing, barbering and beauty industry and, done properly, it can work well for everyone involved. We want to see greater protection for the self-employed against a few unscrupulous business owners who use self-employment simply to reduce business costs, while treating their workers as employees but without any of the rights and benefits of being an employee. We also want to see a fairer tax system for those business owners who employ their staff. They are burdened not only by the considerable additional costs of employment, but also penalised by the current tax system, both of which put them at a competitive disadvantage compared to those who choose not to take on employees."

Early bird salon international tickets

If you want to be inspired by the brightest, most creative names in the hairdressing or discover the very latest innovations, Salon International remains the must-visit event for the hairdressing industry. As a visitor, you'll have access to hundreds of brands and top-name hairdressers over three sensational days in October and leave with a head buzzing with ideas and excitement. If you book your ticket before 30th June, you'll be able to take advantage of the Early Bird offer, saving £3 on every one-day ticket.  Salon International 2017 takes place on 14th-16th October - book your tickets here.

High court rules applying benefit cap to lone parents with children under two is unlawful

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Theresa May gives £67 per teacher for mental health training

A commitment to train secondary teachers to identify and deal with mental health problems in pupils will be funded by the government at a rate of £67 per head. Funding totalling £200,000 has been allocated by Prime Minister Theresa May for the first round of mental health 'first aid' training, which the government originally claimed would reach 3,000 staff "covering every secondary school in England" over the next three years. However, the government has now admitted it made a mistake in its original press release on the funding, and confirmed the £200,000 will pay to train just 1,000 teachers in the first year of the scheme. Mental Health First Aid, the charity set to deliver the training, says it costs at least £117.25 per head based on a cost of £1,876 per 16-person training session, and that it expects to receive additional money after the first year of the programme.

Congratulations to the following learners who completed their Apprenticeships this week

Charlotte Gorman - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship - Academy, Hersham
Emily Terry - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Cabello, Frimley


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