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OFSTED GRADED THE ‘QUALITY’ OF OUR APPRENTICESHIP PROVISION GRADE 1 ‘OUTSTANDING’!

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Information for Employers

Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs, providing the skilled workers you need for the future. They also help you develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector. Giving you the opportunity to play a part in building a better skilled workforce for the future. It makes good financial business sense to get an apprentice. Because they are training and gaining work experience, it works for them too.

All good employers know that a team of qualified and motivated staff is essential to maintain a competitive edge in the industry.

The new “Trailblazer” apprenticeship standards available from May 2017 are written by the employers shown below:

• Richard Ward Hair and Metrospa
• Regis UK
• SAKS
• Toni & Guy
• Quiffys
• Fusion Hair & Beauty
• Rogers of Chell Barber Shops
• Alan D Hairdressing
• The Master Barber Shop

As an employer, you know how vital it is to maximise, continually grow and improve your business to succeed. At Philips Hair Academy, we ourselves have been employing people for over 40 years, so understand how important it is that you get the best training possible. Rather than just a qualification, the new standards will provide the skills to equip a person to be the newly named “Hair Professional”.

This new apprenticeship standard incorporates a new Diploma for Hair Professionals qualification, that is a mix of level 2 and 3 skills; it also includes: The Employer’s Occupational Brief, Maths and English (unless exempt) and has an end-point assessment that is carried out by an independent assessor, who has no connection with the learner, the employer or the training provider; the apprentice has to carry out a thorough trade test and answer underpinning knowledge questions; it is then graded at a pass or distinction.


Employers We believe that good working relationships with employers are vital, to enable us to provide the things that YOU need and we work very hard to achieve this.

Ofsted agree that our relations with employers are excellent.

We believe that it is important that we work together on training the apprentices, as together we must agree when the apprentice is ready for end-point assessment; therefore, it is vital that we are on the same wavelength.

Because of the changes to the qualification, there will also be a slight change to the length of study: the new standards will take typically 2 years (24 months) to complete, though under certain circumstances, there is a possibility to complete in 1 year (12 months), which is the absolute minimum timeframe in which to complete. Apprentices MUST spend 20% of their time in training, which typically falls in line with our current agreement of one day with us and 4 days with you. Naturally, if you have arranged specific training that will support them to complete their Hair Professional status, it goes without saying that if it does not interfere with required elements, this is encouraged.

With the new Hair Professional standards, comes a new funding regime for apprenticeships; however, this may not be as costly as you think: If you have less than 50 employees, employing an apprentice who is 16-18 years old or aged 19-24 who have been in care, or who have a local authority care plan will not pay anything towards the cost of apprenticeship training and assessment.

Not only this, but you will receive and incentive of £1000 for each apprentice in this category. The money is paid in two instalments, £500 after 3 months and the balance at 12 months.

You should be in control of where your apprentices do their training, as they are your future!


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Why use Philips?

• Quality is high on the agenda.
• We have been employers ourselves for over 40 years.
• We have over a 15 years of successful training experience, which is rated well over and above qualification requirements.
• All staff working in our own salons are trained in our Academy.
• Our highly qualified teaching staff are still in the hairdressing industry themselves, many who are also salon owners.
• We look at each individual apprentice and work to get the most out of them personally.
• We work on building effective relations with employers to work together and communicate with you to ensure you are currently updated with your apprentices’ progress.


What We Do Before Working Together

As we are committed to providing quality, it is pertinent that we expect quality from you too. It is important to us that we provide an excellent service for you as employers as well as the learners; who are at the heart of our provision.

Consequently, our first job is to visit you at your salon on a one to one basis to ensure it is a safe, healthy environment in which a young person is to train and work; we will carry out a Health & Safety risk assessment and provide suggestions if appropriate. We have a duty of care to safeguard our young learners, so we also carry out a safeguarding risk assessment in your salon and provide suggestions if appropriate. We expect all the salons that we work with to be committed to equality of opportunity and that apprentices are treated with respect.
We will discuss various important issues with you and give information, advice or suggestions where appropriate. Finally, we provide you with all the information required to ensure you are fully aware of legal requirements and roles and responsibilities and provide you with a handbook for reference. When everything is clear and agreed, we go through the contract with you that is signed by all parties for the European Skills Funding Agency. This contract is equivalent to a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship. If things go wrong, you are entitled to carry out disciplinary action when necessary, just as you would a standard employee. Hopefully, this will be the start of an affective working relationship, in which we build trust in each other.

Taking on an apprentice could be one of the best choices for your business that you ever make. 80% of employers who employ apprentices say they make their workplace more productive.
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