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October 2016
Think Pink - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s that time of year again; October is when everything goes pink!  So why not join in? There are endless ideas to raise awareness. ‘Pink Fridays’, eating pink foods, wearing pink, taking part in sponsored events, walks, runs, etc.  Why not think up your own ideas, for example, turning the salon pink with balloons!

The Facts

  • The number of people being diagnosed with breast cancer is increasing, but the good news is that survival rates are improving. This is probably because of better breast awareness, earlier detection, and more targeted treatments.
  • Breast cancer also affects men, but it’s rare – around 300 are diagnosed each year.
  • Not all breast cancers show as a lump and not all breast lumps are breast cancer.
  • Less than 10% of breast cancer runs in families so having someone in your family with breast cancer doesn’t necessarily mean your own risk is increased.
The Stats

  •  This October around 4,000 people will be told that they have breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer is the 2nd biggest cause of death from cancer for UK women, after lung cancer.
  • There are an estimated 550,000 people living in the UK today who have been diagnosed with breast cancer – that’s about 1 in 50 women.
  • In women under the age of 35, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer.
  • Remember to regularly check yourself. 

September 2016
National Minimum Wage Rises in October

NMW rates change on 1st Oct 2016. The rate for apprentices rises by 10p per hour to £3.40. The rate for 16-17 year olds not on an apprenticeship rises by 13p to £4.00 per hour.  The rate for those aged 18-20 rises by 25p to £5.55 unless on an apprenticeship when there is a 12-month exemption from their 18th birthday during when they must be paid at least the Apprenticeship Rate.

For new apprentices aged over 18 there is a 12-month exemption from the date they start their employment, during which time they must be paid at least the Apprenticeship Rate. Finally, the full rate for those aged 21 or over rises to £6.95, an increase of 25p per hour, unless they start an apprenticeship and qualify for a 12-month exemption from when they start their new job.

August 2016
Employer’s Satisfaction Survey Places Cheynes Training in top 10%

The results of the 2015-16 Employer Satisfaction Survey which was conducted earlier this year by Ipsos MORI have now been published and we are extremely pleased to report that, once again, Cheynes Training has achieved scores which place us in the top 10% of all apprenticeship training providers in England. Disappointingly only around 60 employers out of the many hundreds we link with actually completed the survey, however, we would like to thank all those who did take part. The results are as follows:

Performance Summary:

Training Provider Overall Score = 89.3%

Overall quality of training = 89.8%
Ability to influence structure = 87.3%
Likelihood to recommend = 89.7%
Understanding your organisation’s training needs = 87.5%
Offering training/assessment to meet your needs = 88.3%
Communicating clearly with you throughout the process = 86.3%
Overall efficiency in dealing with you = 87.2%
Professionalism of staff delivering training / assessment = 89.5%
Delivering training that reflects up-to-date practice = 89.0%

July 2016
National Minimum Wage

As widely predicted, the Government has announced a modest increase in the NMW rates that come into force on 1st Oct 2016. The apprenticeship rate goes up by 10p per hour from £3.30 to £3.40. The rate for 16-17 year olds not on an apprenticeship rises by 13p per hour from £3.87 to £4.00. The rate for 18-20 year olds rises by 25p per hour from £5.30 to £5.55 unless they are on an apprenticeship in which case there is a 12 month exemption from the NMW from their 18th birthday if they are already employed or, if not yet employed, a 12 month exemption from the date they commenced their new employment, during which time they must be paid at least the Apprenticeship Rate. Finally, the full rate for those aged 21 or over rises from £6.70 to £6.95, an increase of 25p per hour, unless they start an apprenticeship and qualify for a 12 month exemption from the date they commenced their new employment.

June 2016
Prevent and Fundamental British Values

Just what do we mean by fundamental British values? The definitions below give a short, clear answer. The small poster attached to this e- Update goes into a little more detail. Cheynes Training is absolutely committed to promoting British values and we work very closely with top consultant Christine Rose to bring who has provided this material.

Individual liberty: The right to act, believe and express ourselves in a manner of our own choosing, free from unjust or undue control or violence of others, including the government. The concept of individual liberty is central to the ideal of a free and democratic society.

Democracy: A society or environment of freedom and equality where all are involved in decision-making, either directly or by voting to elect representatives to speak on their behalf. Democracy embraces protection of the human rights for all.

Rule of law: In a democratic society, laws are made by an elected government. All are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and upheld. The rule of law protects

the rights of individuals, for example the right not to experience discrimination or harassment because of aspects of identity such as race or gender.

Mutual respect and tolerance: Raising understanding and tackling prejudice so everyone is treated with dignity and respect, without regard to gender, race, disability, faith or any other aspect of identity or personal circumstance. All actively work together to create a work and learning environment, and ultimately a society, free from discrimination and harassment

May 2016
Changes to Safeguarding Reporting

Safeguarding remains one of the most important parts of the apprenticeship system, it is an area where Cheynes Training spends considerable time and resources. We review our approach to safeguarding each year, and for 2016-17 we are introducing some important changes to the reporting of safeguarding issues, this article explains these changes. 

Other than emergency situations, the starting point for all safeguarding activity is for the Head of Centre, or the academy or centre safeguarding lead (usually the same person) to complete a safeguarding Record of Concern (ROC) and send it to Cheynes Training without delay. A copy of the ROC may be downloaded from the Cheynes Training website, simply search for ‘Record of Concern’.  

The ROC document captures all the facts and should be either scanned or photo’d and mailto:safeguarding@cheynestraining.com Once we receive the ROC, it will be passed to the Cheynes Training safeguarding lead, Melissa Birch, for review and, depending on the circumstances, Melissa will either contact the Head of Centre (HOC) directly or will ask the Cheynes Training head office safeguarding coordinator, Emma Crombie to contact the HOC.

April 2016
So You Go Naked Online

One of the big issues around right now is the subject of sexting, the sharing of intimate images between two people in a relationship. Unfortunately, when photos are shared online there is an embarrassing possibility that the intimate images will get into the wrong hands – as many celebrities will testify!

If you are trying to help someone who has done something they now regret, and if that something involved nakedness or something sexual they shared online, don’t panic just yet... you are obviously keen to find out more about how you can get some advice and a plan for how to improve things. If so, go to the Cheynes Training website and search for ‘Sexting’.  The search will turn up a very important article from the South West Grid for Learning which covers to whole issue of sexting and how to deal with the concerns this raises.

March 2016
FE Choices - Learner Satisfaction Survey – a Reminder 
This is a reminder that each year, all learners on apprenticeship programmes are asked to complete a short survey about the training they receive. Called the Learner Satisfaction Survey, the survey is conducted by Ipsos-Mori and learners who are currently on an apprenticeship programme and those who have most recently completed, are asked to take part. Candidates have until 1st April to complete the survey. Although this seems quite a long way off, we are keen to get everyone to complete the questions as early as possible.

All centres should have received unique login details for each of your learners. We urge you to encourage your learners to set aside a few minutes to complete the survey.

The survey is a very important way for salons and academies, Cheynes Training and the Skills Funding Agency to obtain feedback on apprenticeship training and 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 the Learner Satisfaction Survey please contact Pam on 0131 476 7100 or email pam@cheynestraining.com

February 2016
The National Living Wage

The National Living Wage comes into force on 1st April 2016 and is set at £ 7.20 p/hour for employees over the age of 25. By comparison, the National Minimum Wage is significantly lower at £6.50 an hour for those over 20 years old (unless they are in the first year of an apprenticeship programme).

The new National Living Wage is, in effect, a change to the National Minimum Wage rules, the new rates from 1 April 2016 will be:

Age 25+

£7.20 per hour

These rates must be paid unless the employee is on an

21-25

£6.70 per hour

apprenticeship in which case there is an exemption until their

18-21

£5.30 per hour

19th birthday if already employed or, if not yet employed, a 12

16-17

Apprentice

£3.87 per hour

£3.30 per hour

month exemption from the start of their new employment when

they must be paid at least the Apprentice Rate.

What's the difference between the National Living Wage and the Living Wage? The names are similar but they are quite different things. From April 2016, employers will have to pay at least the National Living Wage to all employees over the age of 24. Future rates will be set by the government in consultation with the Low Pay Commission. The Living Wage is a voluntary rate set by the ‘Living Wage Foundation’ and calculated annually according to the cost of living in

the UK by the Centre for Research in Social Policy. In London where the cost of living is higher, the rate is set by the Greater London Authority. The voluntary rate is £7.85 per hour outside London and £9.15 in London, unlike the National Living Wage these rates are NOT compulsory

A summary of the National Minimum and National Living Wage rates is attached to the January/February edition of the ETB

January 2016
The Apprenticeship Levy

Back in November the government announced that from April2017, all large employers will have to pay a half of one percent of their pay roll costs into the Apprenticeship Levy, however businesses with payrolls of less than £3 million - over 98% of all employers - will be exempt from the levy.

So far so straightforward, however the issue is complicated because the government is still unable to say how small businesses (who don’t pay into the apprenticeship levy) would access funding for their apprentices — this despite small businesses delivering more 90% of all apprenticeships. On a recent government funded webinar aimed at promoting the apprenticeship levy, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) officials conceded that a ‘new model’ would need to be developed that applies to non-levy payers, and that this is being worked on at the moment.

The government have estimated that the levy, which is to be applied across all of the UK, will raise around £3 billion. This is more than enough to fund the apprenticeship programme throughout the United Kingdom. The reluctance of the government to clarify the situation is setting off warning bells and training providers are increasingly concerned that the employer contribution of £1 for every £2 of government funding may be back on the agenda.

Changes to NIC Contributions - From 6 April, anyone employing an apprentice will not need to pay employer Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) if the apprentice is under 25 and registered on a government approved apprenticeship programme. Click on the link below.

Salons should also note that the government’s Employment Allowance, which allows businesses to cut their employer NICs, will increase from £2,000 a year to £3,000 a year from April. Any smaller salon whose NIC bill is lower than £3,000 will not have to pay any employer NICs at all.

December 2015
The Prevent Duty - An Important Reminder

On 1st of July the new Prevent Duty came in to effect. Prevent places a duty on all providers of training and education (including apprenticeship training) to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Apprenticeship training providers already have an important and well-established role in safeguarding their students. Prevent now adds a specific duty to help stop people being involved in extremism.

The new Prevent Duty is not about stopping learners from having political and/or religious views and concerns, but about helping them express those concerns in non-extremist ways. Prevent raises and seeks to address a number of sensitive issues that everyone who works in training and education must consider as part of their role. Over the coming months we will provide more information including a ‘Prevent’ risk-assessment for use by centres.For more information, or if you have any concerns about Prevent, please speak to Melanie at melanie@cheynestraining.com or contact William at william@cheynestraining.com

November 2015
Closing Date Nears for Photographic Competition

The 2015 Cheynes Training photographic competition is open to Intermediate Apprentices (Level 2) and Advanced Apprentices (Level 3) registered to a centre linked to the Cheynes Training apprenticeship programme. To take part, 
each apprentice must choose a model and complete a cut and style or a colour and style, and have two digital photographs taken and e-mailed to Cheynes Training by 30 November 2015 when the competition closes. All entries will be placed on a special website for viewing. Judging will take place over November and early December. The the top six places will be confirmed before Christmas on the Cheynes Training website and in the January edition of e-Update.The 2015 Cheynes Training photographic competition is open to Intermediate Apprentices (Level 2) and Advanced Apprentices

The rules of the competition are:

  • Entry is free and open to all Intermediate and Advanced Apprentices on the programme
  • Each apprentice will choose a model and complete either a cut & style or a colour & style
  • The Candidate must complete all work but advice may be sought from the salon team
  • Two digital colour photographs (front/side view) of the work must be e-mailed to Tricia Barnes at tricia@cheynestraining.com by the closing date of 30 November 2015
  • A 1st prize of an Apple iPad 3 will be awarded to the work completed by an Intermediate Apprentice (L2) that is judged to be the winning entry by our panel of judges
  • A 1st prize of an Apple iPad Mini will be awarded to the work completed by an Advanced Apprentice (L3) that is judged to be the winning entry by our panel of judges
  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence may be entered into

The judges for the competitions are:

  • Lorraine Adamczuk, Lorraine styles all of the clothes at Cheynes photo shoots
  • Diane Mitchell, City & Guilds. Diane leads on hairdressing for City and Guilds
  • Adam Sloan, platform artist and founder of the Men’s Hairdressing Federation
October 2015
National Minimum Wage Changes

As widely reported, the Government will introduce a larger than expected increase in the new National Minimum Wage apprentice rate that come into force on 1st October 2015. The rate rises by 57p per hour from £2.73 to £3.30, a rise of around 21% over the previous year. The rate applies to all apprentices up until their 19th birthday, and for 12 months for apprentices who are first registered on an apprenticeship after their 18th birthday.

Other changes for non-apprentices include a more modest increase for 16-17 year olds which shows a rise of 8p per hour or just over 2% from £3.79 to £3.87 per hour. The rate for 18-20 year old non-apprentices rises by 17p per hour or just under 3.5% from £5.13 to £5.30, and, finally, the full NMW rate for those aged 21 or over rises by 3% from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour, an increase of 19p.

As previously reported, the chancellor, George Osborne, pre-empted these increases by firstly raising the threshold above which employers pay Employers NIC from £152 to £156 per week (from April 2015) and, at the same time, by abolishing NIC for all employees under the age of 21. The government are now introducing further measures to balance the apprenticeship rate increase, from April 2016 employers will not have to pay National Insurance contributions on any apprentice aged under 25, this will effect around 500,000 apprentices in total.

August 2015
The Burning Issue

In recent years, electronic cigarettes have increased in popularity as an alternative to smoking or as a means of giving up smoking. Vaping has tripled over the last two years with an estimated 2.5 million users. Surprisingly, e-cigarettes are only covered by general product safety legislation, meaning, for example, they can legally be promoted and sold to children yet we cannot be sure of their ingredients or how much nicotine they contain.

Vaping devices fall outside the scope of the workplace smoking ban and it is therefore left to the employer to decide whether to allow vaping at work. Employers may be reluctant to permit vaping for a number of reasons, including potential health concerns. Recent studies suggest that vaping might not be completely harmless as the vapour may contain nicotine and other toxic particles. However, in the absence of concrete scientific evidence, vaping remains largely unregulated.

Some employers consider that vaping creates an uncomfortable work environment for those who do not partake or that it may send out the wrong impression given its close association with smoking. Other employers may wish to encourage the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace with a view to supporting employees who are trying to give up conventional smoking.

Either way, the key is to ensure salon policies and procedures are up to date and employees are clear whether vaping is permitted, restricted or prohibited. If it is banned, will the salon apply the same standards as for conventional smoking or take a more relaxed approach?

Ultimately, it is a difficult position for employers as to whether to allow vaping in the workplace and they may be faced with complaints from employees either way and there is also a risk of grievances and potentially constructive dismissal claims but employers can minimise the risk by having clear policies and procedures dealing with the issue.

August 2015
The 2015 Photographic Competition

We are pleased to announce details of the 2015 Cheynes Training photographic competition which is open to Intermediate Apprentices (Level 2) and Advanced Apprentices (Level 3) registered to a centre linked to the Cheynes Training apprenticeship programme. To take part, each apprentice must choose a model and complete a cut and style or a colour and style, and have two digital photographs taken and e-mailed to Cheynes Training by 31 October 2015 when the competition closes. All entries will be place on a special website for viewing. Judging will take place over November and early December. The the top six places will be confirmed before Christmas on the Cheynes Training website and in the January edition of e-Update.

The rules of the competition are:

  • Entry is free and open to all Intermediate and Advanced Apprentices on the programme
  • Each apprentice will choose a model and complete either a cut & style or a colour & style
  • The Candidate must complete all work but advice may be sought from the salon team
  • Two digital colour photographs (front/side view) of the work must be e-mailed to Tricia Barnes at tricia@cheynestraining.com by the closing date of 31 October 2015
  • A 1st prize of an Apple iPad 3 will be awarded to the work completed by an Intermediate Apprentice (L2) that is judged to be the winning entry by our panel of judges
  • A 1st prize of an Apple iPad Mini will be awarded to the work completed by an Advanced Apprentice (L3) that is judged to be the winning entry by our panel of judges
  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence may be entered into

The judges for the competitions are:

  • Lorraine Adamczuk, Lorraine styles all of the clothes at Cheynes photo shoots
  • Diane Mitchell, City & Guilds. Diane leads on hairdressing for City and Guilds
  • Adam Sloan, platform artist and founder of the Men’s Hairdressing Federation.

Please remember – it’s the hair the judges will be looking at – not the quality of the photograph – please encourage all of your young Apprentices to start searching for models!

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.

May2015
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.