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New Role for Melanie Mitchell at Cheynes Training

Melanie Mitchell, currently the technical director for Cheynes Training, officially takes over as programme director on 1st January 2020. The former programme director, William Howarth, becomes executive chairman of Cheynes Training. Melanie joined Cheynes Training almost 20 years ago and has been a leading figure within the company for the past ten years.  Melanie’s specialist… Read more »

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New Role for Melanie Mitchell at Cheynes Training

Melanie Mitchell, currently the technical director for Cheynes Training, officially takes over as programme director on 1st January 2020. The former programme director, William Howarth, becomes executive chairman of Cheynes Training. Melanie joined Cheynes Training almost 20 years ago and has been a leading figure within the company for the past ten years.  Melanie’s specialist… Read more »

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Hairdressing and Barbering Standards Update

Every few years hairdressing and barbering standards are reviewed and updated. New Level 2 standards – developed by employers in the hair and barbering sector and were introduced in May 2017. They are referred to as the Hair Professional Standards and include knowledge, skills and behaviours taken from Level 3 New Level 3 standards are… Read more »

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The Apprenticeship Service

The Apprenticeship Service is an apprenticeship funding procurement portal; it is currently used by larger ‘Levy-paying’ employers only. It was originally due to include smaller, ‘non-Levy-paying’ employers in 2019 but it will now include non-Levy employers from January 2020 onwards. The Apprenticeship Service is designed to make apprenticeship funding ‘market driven’ and in theory, it… Read more »

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Recognition of Prior Learning

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have issued new guidance that makes it clear that they will not fund any training that has taken place prior to an apprentice starting an apprenticeship programme; ESFA have issued new rules that place a responsibility on training providers to identify all prior learning and to then adjust… Read more »

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Huddle Reminder

The Cheynes Training team continue to experience messages being uploaded to Academy Workspaces on Huddle without anyone being @mentioned. When this happens, head office is unaware that the information has been uploaded and, therefore, we are not able to take appropriate action. We are also aware that some users are using the ‘join the conversation’… Read more »

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Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

One of the important areas that form part of the new approach to apprenticeships is ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare’ or PDBW for short. PDBW covers a range of areas and these include the following: the apprentice demonstrating pride in achievement and commitment to learning not just during their apprenticeship but on into the future… Read more »

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Find Apprenticeship Training

We sometimes hear comments about how hard it is for salons to find young people. If your salon is experiencing a shortage of new recruits, you need to use every tool available to link up with prospective apprentices. Launched around three years ago, Find Apprenticeship Training is designed to help employers connect with people who… Read more »

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Role of the designated person during end point assessment

For each end point assessment that takes place, there must be a ‘designated person’ available during the process. The role of the designated person is to meet and greet the models, make them tea and coffee and be available to the IEPA for any queries. The designated person must not be the apprentices’ trainer or… Read more »

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Off-the-Job Training – the 20% Requirement

A key feature of the apprenticeship system are the numerous rules that training providers must follow.  Some of these rules are often misunderstood even by those involved in the system, especially employers. One rule in particular causes a great deal of confusion, this is the rule that requires all apprentices to complete a minimum of… Read more »

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Changes to the Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals – Barbering

Please note that from 1st March 2019 the following important changes take place to the Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals for Barbering. Sponge shaving: Sponge has been removed as a requirement from the EPA and on-programme qualification. City & Guilds and VTCT will be removing references from their documentation and resources within due course… Read more »

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Employer Co-Investment for 19+ Apprentices

A key feature of the government’s Reform of Apprenticeships programme in England, was the involvement of employers in developing and running of the new system. The new hair and barbering standards are designed by employers, overseen by employers and through the Apprenticeship Levy, they are paid for by employers – but by large firms only,… Read more »

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New National Minimum Wage Rates Announced

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced new National Minimum and National Living Wage rates will be introduced on 1 April 2019. The National Living Wage for over-25s is to rise by 4.9% from £7.83 to £8.21 per hour from April 2018. Of some concern for salon and barbershop owners are the increases announced in National Minimum… Read more »

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