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End point Assessment Cost Reductions

Employers will be pleased to hear that, in order to fall in line with other end point assessment organisations (EPAOs) both City & Guilds and VTCT (the main EPAOs for hairdressing and barbering) have lowered their End Point Assessment costs. Please note, if there is a mixed group of hair and barbering students and a… 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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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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Find an Apprentice

We hear lots of comments from salons and from academy partners about how hard it is to find young people who want to start an apprenticeship programme. The ‘Find an Apprentice’ system is designed to help both employers to ‘find an apprentice’ and young people to search for and apply for an apprenticeship programme. Already,… Read more »

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Prevent and Fundamental British Values

Just what do we mean by fundamental British Values?  The definitions below give a short but clear answer.  Cheynes Training is absolutely committed to promoting British Values and we work very closely with leading consultant Christine Rose who has provided this material. Individual liberty: The right to act, believe and express ourselves in a manner… Read more »

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Ofsted Inspection of Cheynes Training

A very big ‘Thank You’ to all those who took part in the ‘Short Inspection’ of Cheynes Training by Ofsted in early June. Short inspections are reserved for training providers who achieved Grade 2 (Good) on their previous inspection. The aim of a short inspection is to ensure the provider remains ‘Good’ and we are… Read more »

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2018 Learner Satisfaction Survey

A big thank you to all apprentices who took part in the spring 2018 Learner Satisfaction Survey which was managed by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the Education and Skills Funding Agency. This important annual survey helps to measure how different training programmes are judged by the actual people who are taking part, the apprentices… Read more »

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SmartScreen – English and Maths Toolkit

Heads of Centre (HOC) involved in the Cheynes Training programme have now been set up with a SmartScreen English and Maths Toolkit account and should have already received an email direct from City & Guilds to confirm their account details. This is an excellent online resource which is fully paid for by Cheynes Training. HOC’s should… Read more »

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Tax-Free Childcare to Replace Childcare Vouchers

The government have announced a major shake-up of the Childcare Voucher system. From April onwards, childcare vouchers will close to new applicants and will be replaced by the government’s tax-free childcare scheme which is worth up to £2,000 a year to eligible parents. The childcare vouchers scheme was only available to parents who had been offered… Read more »

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CPD Requirements for the 7002 Hair Professional Diploma

A minimum of 50 hours Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is required each year, of which 30 hours must be applied practical skills – this translates into ‘hands-on’ practice or development work in a commercial environment. The CPD year continues to run from 1st September to 31st August the following year. CPD must be demonstrated through… Read more »

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