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February 2017

Magnificent Seven Head for Spain

Seven of ISA’s hairdressing and beauty apprentices from across South Wales have been selected for a two-week work experience opportunity of a lifetime in Spain.

The lucky apprentices are Georgia Rice from Spirit Hair Team, Ystrad Mynach, Emily Morgan from Sunkissed Hair and Beauty, Tredegar, Amy Wensley from USTU, Porthcawl, Jadene Bennett from The Hair Den, Barry, Jess Sayce from Hair by Jones, Monmouth, Owen Grey from Todaros, Milford Haven and Roxanne White from Andrew Price, Lampeter.

The apprentices leave on March 12 and will spend 15 days in Tarragona working in salons, attending a workshop in the Schwarzkopf Academy in Barcelona and a hair-up workshop at the Institute Cal Lipolis, the college which is partnering with ISA Training for the visit.

In addition, there will be a programme of cultural visits for the apprentices, including a city tour by the Tarragona Land Train to take in the local sights.

Joining them on the visit will be Cheryl Pearcey, Partnership Manager and Katie Lee, Team Administrator, from ISA Training. The whole team has been receiving Spanish lessons since last December to make it easier to converse with their hosts in Tarragona.

Berni Tyler, ISA Training’s Managing Director, said: “The work placement is designed to show the apprentices the exciting career opportunities that exist in Spain and introduce them to the country’s culture.

“We want to enhance the learning experience and inspire our learners to realise that hairdressing and beauty therapy are professions that can grant them a passport to travel the world.”

The work placement has been arranged as part of ISA Training’s Oyster Project, which is based on the saying ‘The world is your oyster’. The project aims to enhance the learning experience of apprentices, increase their confidence and broaden their career horizons.



Changes to Apprenticeships in England

When will changes be made?

Changes to Hairdressing Apprenticeships will take effect from May 2017.


The Richard Review found that significant improvements could be made to all apprenticeships.
Trailblazers have been working on improving apprenticeships in England since October 2013. New apprenticeships, in all sectors, will be in place by 2020.
The aim was to:

  • Improve the quality of apprenticeships.
  • Allow employers to have more involvement.
  • Simplify the system.

What will the change look like?

New Apprenticeships will:

  • Be short, concise and clear to both employers and learners.
  • Set out the full competence needed in an occupation, so that, on completion the apprentice is able to carry out the role in any size of employer across the sector.
  • Be sufficiently stretching requiring at least a year of training, including off-the- job training, before end-point assessment.
  • Align with professional registration where it exists.
  • Contain minimal English & Maths.


How this will affect apprenticeships in my business?

To achieve a hair apprenticeship, learners must complete:

  • The Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing / Barbering) – a new qualification.
  • Maths & English Functional Skills at level 1.  Learners who have achieved Maths and English GCSE Grade A*-C are exempt from Functional Skills.
  • An end-point assessment carried out by an Independent Apprenticeship Examiner similar to a trade test. Apprentices will be graded as Pass or Distinction following completion of the above.


What about employers who don’t pay the levy?

Small employers (under 50 employees)  taking on 16-18 year olds, or 19-24 year olds in care or who have a local authority care plan will not pay anything towards the cost of apprenticeship. They will receive £1000 to support the        costs of training these groups. This is paid in two instalments: £500 after 3 months and the balance at 12 months.

For additional information please contact Simone Hawken on 07776 237849 or email Simone.Hawken@isatraining.co.uk


ISA Training will work with you and your apprentice to ensure that you are supported through this transition and you will be informed in a timely manner of when the new apprenticeship delivery will start.