July 2015
The Prevent Duty

The new Prevent Duty comes in to effect on July 1st. The Prevent Duty places responsibility on all providers of training and education (including apprenticeship training) to have due regard to the need to prevent young people from being drawn into extremism. Apprenticeship training providers already have a well-established role in safeguarding. Prevent now adds a specific duty to help stop young people being involved in any form of extremism.

Estimates of the numbers of young people from the UK – aged 15-24 who have been drawn into religious conflict, especially in Syria, varies between 600 and 1200. These are mainly young Muslims but includes a number of converts from a wide range of backgrounds. The UK government has developed the Prevent Duty which has three specific objectives:

  • develop a nationwide response to the ideological challenge of extremism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
  • prevent young people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support;
  • work with providers where there are risks of radicalisation that need to be addressed.
  • The Prevent Duty requires employers and managers to understand the risk of radicalisation and take effective action to:
  • ensure staff understand the risk;
  • communicate and promote the importance of the duty;
  • ensure staff implement the duty effectively.

Assessing the risk is going to be the key. Organisations will need to:

  • Carry out risk assessments to determine how learners may be at risk
  • Develop action plans based on this risk assessment
  • Train staff and learners to recognise the symptoms
  • Exemplify British Values

This is now an important aspect of an organisation’s safeguarding policy and practice and therefore will be regulated by Ofsted.

June 2015
New Hairdressing Standards

As previously announced, the new Hairdressing Standards in England (6008) commence on 1st July 2015. However, it has been announced that the new Standards in Scotland (6009) have been delayed. As reported, the new Standards are based mainly on the current 3008 Standards, but with some important changes. The current series of 6008 Standardisation meetings are designed to alert everyone to the changes. Details of the Standardisation Meetings have been sent out to all centres and the remaining dates are shown in the ‘Important Dates’ section of this e-Update.

As part of the introduction of 6008 we have decided to share some frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the new Standards:

Q. What do centres need to do about registering Candidates on the new standards? 

A. If a Centre registers a Candidate via Cheynes Training then the process remains the same and a Candidate Eligibility form needs to be completed. If a Centre registers its own Candidates with City & Guilds then a Fast Track approval form needs to be completed.

Q. It is true there will be no E3 tests in the new standards, is that correct? 

A. Yes, no E3s

Q. Will it be okay to carry on using the current NVQ 2 textbooks or is there more information in the new one? 

A. There will be lots of new information in the revised books and, although the old ones can be used, they will not include areas like different hair classifications.

Q. What is the cost of the new 6008 textbook and when will it be available?

 A. We believe the cost will be around £25.00 per book and it will be available towards the end of May.

Q. Do assessments have to be on paying clients? 

A. No, this requirement has been removed for the new standards.

Q. What are the service times for the new standards?

 A. There are no service times for the new standards, times can vary depending, for example, on the length and type of hair.

New Apprenticeship Website Scotland

Skills Development Scotland have launched a new website aimed at promoting apprenticeships in Scotland. This very clear website, called ‘My World of Work’ gives young people some really great advice and help in choosing a new career, employers should visit the site to see what your future apprentices are discovering. The website is accessed at http://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/modernapprenticeships

April 2015
FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2015

The 2015 Employer Satisfaction Survey starts on 7 April and this year is in two parts. The first phase is run by Cheynes Training and ends on 4 May, the second phase of the survey is administered by the SFA in order to ‘sweep up’ anyone who has not completed the survey and commences on 21 May and ends on 21 July. SFA is clearly making a concerted effort to complete a ‘full survey’ that is, with every employer taking part. The survey is managed by Ipsos-Mori.

The objective of the survey is for employers to rate their satisfaction with various parts of the training provision they receive from Cheynes Training and from our partner academies. This includes ‘the professionalism of the team delivering training’ through to ‘their overall efficiency in their dealings with employers’. It also asks employers to rate their satisfaction with the ‘overall quality’ of the training.

Cheynes Training has contacted each of the employers we work with – both directly and indirectly – to let them know how to respond to the survey. This involves going on-line and visiting www.ipsosd-mori.com/employersatisfaction The employer should then enter their unique details (which we have sent them) and complete the short survey. Please note: the definition of an employer means the person who makes decision about training issues and this certainly includes the Head of Centre.

If you have any questions about the Employer Satisfaction survey please contact Pam at pam@cheynestraining.com or on 0131 476 8526

March 2015
New 6008 Hairdressing Standards

The new Hairdressing Standards will commence from 1 May 2015 these will have a new award number - 6008 - and a different, rather attractive looking new logbook (Level 3 Logbook cover shown in picture). However, the new Standards are, in effect, what we would term ‘interim Standards’ which is to say that they are based closely on the current 3008 Standards which are due to expire after five years. The 6008 Standards are designed to bridge the gap between the current Standards (which close for new registrations on 30 April), and the recently published ‘Trailblazer Standards’ which will, eventually, form a major part of the ‘reform of apprenticeships’ which the government has vowed to introduce by 2018. Based on that 2018 date, the new 6008 Standards will operate for just three years at the most, depending on what happens in the forthcoming General Election which will take place in May when a new incoming government may decide to scrap the Trailblazer approach altogether.

Although the 6008 Standards are based firmly on the current 3008 Standards, there are some important changes and for this reason Cheynes Training is running a series of 6008 Standardisation meetings over the next two months.

February 2015
Minor Changes to the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers supports businesses offering 16 to 24-year-olds employment through apprenticeships. Business that have recruited an apprentice in the last 12 months are not eligible for the grant. The AGE Grant continues to be available for eligible employers, and remains at £1,500 per new apprentice.

There are some minor changes for 2015. For example, from January 2015 to December 2015, small businesses with fewer than 50 employees can claim up to five grants. Last year companies with under 1000 employees were eligible. Overall, the changes are unlikely to affect the hairdressing sector.

For further information, please visit the National Apprenticeship Service website.

January 2015
Trailblazers Standards Released

There is confusion in England between the new Hairdressing Standards (see article 2) and the Trailblazer Standards. The two standards are entirely different, the Trailblazer (which does not affect Scotland) will be introduced within the next two years. However, the new Hairdressing Standards are to be introduced later this year. The timing of the development of these awards is unfortunate, however, the new Hairdressing Standards must be introduced because there is a time limit on all NVQ standards.

The Trailblazer Standards form part of the government’s reform of apprenticeship and are quite ground-breaking in their approach. The most current information on the Trailblazer qualification is as follows:

  • The actual qualification to be used for the Intermediate Apprenticeship has still to be confirmed. However, we believe that the majority of the units will remain at Level 2 so that the Functional Skill level can remain at Level 1.
  • The higher qualification (currently the Advanced Apprenticeship) is to be confirmed.
  • The assessment strategy will be reviewed to allow for asynoptic test (also known as a final assessment) and an independent assessment (which both form part of the new Standard) at the end of the qualification.
  • Awarding bodies may also consider combining current NVQs and VRQs in order to produce one type of qualification.

We will keep everyone updated on any further changes, in the meantime, a copy of the new Trailblazer Standards are attached to this e-Update.

December 2014
Minister Hints at Scrapping Cash Contribution

Skills Minister Nick Boles has admitted to being “nervous” about proposed employer cash contributions towards apprenticeship training costs. Addressing the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) conference in Birmingham, Mr Boles agreed employers already contributed to their apprenticeship programmes in ‘a million ways’ and said he was still considering whether mandatory cash contributions would be a good idea.

Nick Boles feels the government is right to pilot its apprenticeship reforms, which include a requirement that employers pay one third of training and assessment costs, but said it would not necessarily work for all businesses. “I think we should all be honest and observe that the employers involved in delivering apprenticeships under the Trailblazer pilot are employers of a particular kind with a particular depth of resource and the apprenticeships involved are a particular kind of apprenticeship, they’re not necessarily typical. “I would like every employer who is creating an apprenticeship to want to dig into their pockets to contribute in cash as well as in all of the other million ways they contribute towards the success of the programme, but the question is, do you require it?  I am nervous, I think, about the effect, particularly on all those employers who do not currently do apprenticeships, I am nervous about the idea of an obligation to put in cash.” 

These comments were made after Mr Boles admitted that the task of getting apprenticeship starts past the 3 million mark by 2020, which was set for him by Prime Minister David Cameron, had made his ‘stomach turn’.  The percentage of employers providing apprenticeships was still ‘tiny’, and Mr Boles added: “We don’t need 10 per cent or 15 per cent of employers doing apprenticeships, we need 40 per cent, 50 per cent, 60 per cent, and that is the really important challenge the Prime Minister has set. 

“I am very aware that one of the things that could be off-putting is an onerous financial burden, and another thing which could be off-putting is a very complicated administrative process. My own view is that obsessing about a particular cash commitment is slightly missing the point. What matters is that the apprenticeship standard is a standard which is demanding and developed by employers and that the assessment at the end is very vigorous”. 

November 2014
Important Apprenticeship Reform Update

The government minister responsible for apprenticeships has made some important announcements at a recent conference regarding the Reform of Apprenticeships which is currently being looked at.  The minister, Nick Boles, has made it clear that the government now wish to continue using functional skills as one of two routes for learners to acquire good English and maths skills, previously the government had indicated that GCSEs were to replace functional skills.  regional Training Advisor and Head Office team.

The minister further said that, although he would like all employers to make a cash contribution towards an apprenticeship, he was ‘nervous’ about actually requiring it. This looks like a major ‘step back’ from the original commitment that would require a £1 contribution from employers for every £2 the government invested in apprenticeship training. 

The third announcement to come from Nick Boles is that the government are re-thinking the grading of apprenticeships.  In the original review it had been stated that a ‘pass’, ‘merit’ and ‘distinction’  system was to be introduced, it now looks likely that this will not happen. 

The government remains committed to apprenticeships but the 3 million target for the programme, which had been announced at the Conservative party conference, had made the minister’s ‘stomach churn slightly’ in terms of the size of the challenge.  He went on to say that the government is aiming for much greater awareness among young people about the value of Apprenticeships, parents to be proud of their children doing an Apprenticeship and more employers to be on board

October 2014
Ofsted - Cheynes Training Achieves Grade 2

Following the publication of the Ofsted report on the short notice inspection of Cheynes Training, we can now announce that we have achieved a Grade 2 from Ofsted. Eight inspectors spent a total of 35 inspection days visiting 24 of the salons and academies we work with to observe teaching and learning; they also visited a number of salons to interview managers and Candidates ‘on-site’.                         

Once again, we would like to thank everyone who was involved in the inspection, which was headed up by technical director Melanie Mitchell, and to congratulate everyone involved for the part they played – not just over the week of the inspection, but more importantly, during the 18 months of build-up prior to the event. Inspectors were extremely full of praise for the help they received by everyone they met; Candidates, educators, assessors, managers and the regional Training Advisor and Head Office team.

The lead inspector also made it clear that, once all of the new systems and procedures have become embedded, and with just a little more focus, there is no reason to believe that the programme could not achieve a Grade 1. This has raised our expectations and, attached to this e-Update is some information about just what each centre working with Cheynes Training would need to focus on in order to push us closer to achieving a Grade 1 result.

The official report makes very good reading and may be downloaded from the Ofsted website at http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/51142

September 2014
Jon Redman on Stage at Salon International 2014

The Hairdressing Journal Stage is back at Salon for 2014 bringing FREE inspiring shows from some of the most exciting names in hairdressing including Jon Redman, Principal Tutor at Cheynes Training Academy – London, who will be presenting a total of three shows at Salon including one on the HJ Stage in combination with award winning hairdresser Desmond Murray, who has constantly pushed himself to achieve new heights and is recognised for his dedication, passion and creativity in both hairdressing and photography.

Jon may also be seen working alongside other stars from the Men's Hairdressing Federation at their stand (M200) which will feature the very best in men's hairdressing and barbering.

 August 2014
Apprenticeship Reform Update

The recent Government re-shuffle has produced yet another new minister in charge of Skills and Enterprise which includes apprenticeship training. The new minister is Nick Boles who replaces Matthew Hancock and by doing so becomes the third minister in the last four years. Surprise, surprise, Nick Boles openly admits to a lack of knowledge about apprenticeships, emphasising that he is “keen to learn”. Let us hope he learns very quickly.

One of the key arguments put forward by Nick Boles’ predecessor for the reform of the apprenticeship system is that employers are demanding more say in how apprenticeships are designed and funded. This is despite several surveys actually stating the opposite, employers are extremely happy with how the apprenticeship system currently works and yet another recent and very major survey has reinforced this view.

The latest Confederation of British Industry (CBI) survey, as it has regularly done in the past, has confirmed an extremely high employer satisfaction rating with private training providers. The satisfaction level was 93% across all CBI members, 88% of which use private providers as part of their apprenticeship training. In the survey report’s words, the rating for apprenticeship providers is ‘far ahead’ of universities and colleges.

Also, according to the CBI survey some 68% of employers now offer apprenticeships, this is up from 51% in 2009.This bears no relation to the figure of 10% being cited regularly by the government who uses the 10% figure as justification for pressing ahead with the reforms.

In response to the question of what might improve the Apprenticeship system, only 34% of employers of all sizes wanted direct funding. The corresponding figure for small and medium sized employers was 27%.We don’t know the figure for very small employers but we can imagine very few would opt for direct funding and all of the additional work that this implies. However, a much higher proportion of employers stated that they want more control over the content of the Apprenticeship.

Other issues covered in the survey include school leavers lacking basic skills and the quality of careers advice available for young people. For a full review of the CBI survey, please go to: http://bit.ly/VyByI2)

June 2014
Apprentice Extra Card

All apprentices on the Cheynes Training programme are eligible to apply for the NUS ‘Apprentice extra’ card which offers unique access to a wide range of benefits and discounts in a number of shopping, entertainment and food outlets including Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Matalan, Cineworld, Superdrug, and many more.

Apprentices may apply for the card by logging onto www.apprenticeextra.co.uk/

How to apply for an NUS Apprenticeship Card

To apply for a NUS Apprenticeship card please visit http://www.apprenticeextra.co.uk/ and follow the steps below:

  1. On the main page select buy your card now
  2. You will be directed to another page, again select buy your card now
  3. You will be asked to complete your email address, leave the radio dial selected at ‘no, this is a new application’ and select get your card now.
  4. You will be redirected, start to type in Cheynes Training at place of study, you will then see the name appear in the drop down select and continue. Fill in the remainder of the application to complete your registration.

May 2014
Scotland's Modern Apprenticeship Awards

Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards will take place in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on Wed 5 November and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The categories are:

  • Apprentice Ambassador of the Year
  • Level 2 Apprentice of the Year
  • Level 3 Apprentice of the Year
  • Level Higher Level Apprentice of the Year
  • Micro Employer of the Year (for organisations with 10 employees or fewer)
  • SME Employer of the Year (for organisations with 11 to 249 employees)
  • Large Employer of the Year (for organisations with 250 to 4,999 employees)
  • Macro Employer of the Year (for organisations with 5,000+ employees)
  • Public Sector Employer of the Year

The closing date for online applications is noon, Wednesday 20 August. For more information and details on how to apply visit www.scotlandsmaawards.com

April 2014
National Minimum Wage Set to Rise in October 2014

As widely predicted, the Government has announced fairly modest increases in the new National Minimum Wage rates that come into force on 1st October 2014. The apprenticeship rate rises by 5p per hour from £2.68 to £2.73, a rise of just 2% over the previous year. The rate for 16-17 year olds also rises just 1.1% from £3.72 to £3.79 per hour, a rise of 7p per hour for anyone not on an apprenticeship programme. The rate for 18-20 year olds rises by 8p per hour from £5.05 to £5.13 again for those who are not on an apprenticeship. Finally, the full rate for those aged 21 or over rises by 3% from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour, an increase of 19p per hour.

March 2014
Employer Satisfaction Survey

In January we gave advanced notice of yet another important survey that we ask you to please take part in, the annual Employer Satisfaction Survey. This important survey is due to commence on 7th April 2014. You may have taken part in this survey in previous years and, if so, you may recall that this is a short survey about apprenticeship training conducted by Ipsos-Mori on behalf of Cheynes and the Skills Funding Agency.

All employers who employ apprentices and who are receiving government supported training will be contacted by Ipsos-Mori after 7th April and asked to take part in the survey - the subject of the survey is your satisfaction with Cheynes Training. You will be contacted by email or by post and asked to complete the survey which is a very important method for both Cheynes Training and the Skills Funding Agency to obtain vital feedback of your views on apprenticeship training.

We appreciate that employers are busy people but we urge you to set aside a few minutes of your time to complete the survey. We don’t believe in wasting your time, we would not ask you to complete this if it was not very important to us. Ipsos-Mori is also currently conducting a ‘Learner Satisfaction Survey’.

We will publish the results of both the Employers Satisfaction and Learner Satisfaction surveys and send you a copy as soon as the results are available. For further information on these surveys please contact pam@cheynestraining.com

February 2014
Learner Satisfaction Survey

The Learner Satisfaction Survey which is conducted by Ipsos-Mori, on behalf of the Skills Funding Agency is about to close. The last day that learners can complete the survey is Sunday 13th April. We urge all centres who have Candidates who have not yet taken part to encourage them to set aside a few minutes to complete the survey. We know from the interim reports that are now available that Candidates from a number of centres still need to complete the survey and we will contact some of you by phone to ask for your help in this important area.

All Candidates who are currently on an apprenticeship programme, and those who have most recently completed, are asked to take part. The survey is a very important way for salons, Cheynes Training and the Skills Funding Agency to obtain valuable feedback on apprenticeship training. We will publish the results of the Learner Satisfaction Survey on the Cheynes Training website and send out a copy as soon as the results are available.

If you have any questions about how to complete the Learner Satisfaction Survey please contact Pam on 0131 476 7100 or email pam@cheynestraining.com

January 2014
New Employment Tribunal Laws Come Into Force

New rules aimed at further reducing the number of employment tribunals come into force from the start of the 2014/15 tax year on 6th April. Under the new rules both employees and employers will be required to consult ACAS, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, before they are given access to a full employment tribunal. This change means that employees wishing to bring a case of unfair dismissal or discrimination will now have to first notify ACAS to see if the dispute can be resolved. The government claim the changes are designed help avoid "stress, time delays and excessive costs".

The change in the law will also mean that if an employer loses a case brought by an employee or former employee, however, and is shown to have especially poor workplace practices; it could be fined up to £5,000 on top of any back pay that is due to the employee. The fines are intended to create a new incentive for employers to respect the rights of their employees rather than risk increased financial penalties.

The new changes follow previous government measures which included the introduction last year of fees for employees looking to take their employers to tribunal which led to a 79% fall in the number of applications but was strongly criticised in some quarters.