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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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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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Ofsted Learner Views

There are currently two very important surveys currently taking place, both are aimed at obtaining feedback from learners about the apprenticeship programme. The first of these surveys is from Ofsted, the government inspection body for schools, colleges and for work-based learning in England. Ofsted has developed a set of online questionnaires to support the Common… Read more »

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FE Choices Learner Satisfaction Survey

We have recently written out to all academies with details of the annual Learner Satisfaction Survey which is undertaken by Ipsos Mori on behalf of ESFA (the Education and Skills Funding Agency, a part of the Department for Education). Please be aware that we require learners at every academy to take part in this important… Read more »

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Think Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is when everything goes pink!  Please 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… Read more »

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