This Week's News 31.03.17

Are FE institutions treated fairly?

The government's approach to colleges and independent training providers such as ITS is very different.  In this article, Mark Dawe, CEO of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) raises some interesting points about the disparities that exist within the FE and Skills system... Read article

Making sense of the 20 per cent off-the-job apprenticeship funding rule

One of the most important apprenticeship funding rules changes from 1st May is the requirement that every apprentice "spends at least 20 per cent of their time on off-the-job training". This simple sentence raises a series of questions, such as how to define "their time" and "off-the-job training".  The Skills Funding Agency has said that "their time" refers to contracted employment hours and said: "Off-the-job training must amount to 20 per cent of the apprentice's contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship. "We do not stipulate how this should be spread out" and "It cannot include time spent on English and maths, or on training to acquire skills, knowledge and behaviours that are not required in the standard or framework"... Read article

English and maths: double-whammy!

We've all heard the expression "use it or lose it" and this applies equally to our English and maths skills as it does to what we do with our hands as stylists.  The next time one of your apprentices logs on to bksb to complete some English/maths tasks, why not suggest you sit beside them for 5-10 minutes to see what they are working on?  The double-whammy is that 1) showing interest in what your apprentice is doing increases their motivation and 2) it just might help refresh what you learnt all those years ago at school!

Apprenticeship funding: rules and guidance for employers May 2017 to March 2018

This document sets out the guidance for all employers participating in the new apprenticeship programme from 1 May 2017.
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Handy 2-sided summary about apprenticeships

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Handy 2-sided summary about apprenticeships for employers

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Handy 2-sided summary about apprenticeships for parents

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Hair professional standard

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Hair professional assessment plan

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New offence of sexual communication with a child

The Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss, has announced that a new offence of sexual communication with a child will come into effect on 3 April 2017. The offence will cover both online and offline communication, including through social media, e-mail, and letters, with adult groomers facing up to two years in prison and being automatically placed on the sex offenders register . . . Read more

Free bksb half-day training support on Tuesday 9th May in London

If you use bksb but only have a basic understanding, then the bksb Tour is the perfect opportunity for you to improve your knowledge and share best practice. Each session is free to attend, so why not book yourself a place for now?  For more information and to book please click here

Mindset and mental toughness - complimentary webinar

The most important factor employers look for in recruits is attitude, which ranks ahead even of literacy and numeracy according to the CBI Annual survey of employer 2015. Mental Toughness describes the mind-set or 'attitude' that every person adopts in everything they do.
Development of mental toughness and a positive mindset impacts on performance, wellbeing and behaviour and is therefore a key element to focus on in personal development.
Objectives - Delegates attending this webinar will learn:

  • what 'mental toughness' is
  • how it can be assessed and developed
  • why it is important and what it means for employers and apprentices alike.

Who should attend - Any business considering taking on an apprentice.
To book this webinar please click here

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

Natalie Wise - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Armstrong Haircutters , Ashford

Congratulations to the following learner who completed his Apprenticeship this week

Callum Turnbull - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Box hairdressing, Basingstoke


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