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What does this mean for you?

The new apprenticeship reforms

The government has implemented a massive shake-up of the education system, and this has effected apprenticeships. All level 2 apprenticeship frameworks have been phased out and replaced with new, higher standards which should ensure the apprentice is job ready when they come to completing their course.

For small employers with under 50 employees

There have also been a number of changes to the way apprentices are funded. Apprentices aged 16-18 years old will be fully funded by the government and all employers will receive an incentive payment of £1,000, in two instalments. A payment of £500 will be made after the apprentice has completed 6 months of their apprenticeship, and another £500 will be paid after the apprentice has completed 12 months of their apprenticeship.

For learners aged 19 and above, employers will be expected to contribute 5% of the training costs. For example, if the cost of delivery is £100, employers will be expected to pay £10.

Changes to the actual standard

One of the biggest changes to the apprenticeship standards is the new independent end-point assessment, also known as the EPA. When your apprentice is ready to complete their apprenticeship, they will take part in a practical exam that will be observed by an independent examiner. This exam is designed to prove to an external examiner that the apprentice has all the skills and knowledge needed to be a confident and successful employee.

New units

New units have also been added to the apprenticeships. For example:

Hairdressing

Units Include:

  • Consulting
  • Shampooing, conditioning and treating the hair and scalp
  • Cutting hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
  • Styling and finishing hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
  • Colouring and lightening hair using a range of techniques

Optional Units:

  • Perming hair
  • Hair relaxing treatments and techniques
  • Hair extension services

Barbering

Units Include:

  • Consultation
  • Shampooing, conditioning and treating the hair and scalp
  • Cutting hair using barbering techniques to create a variety of looks
  • Styling and finishing men’s hair
  • Cutting facial hair into shape
  • Shaving services

Beauty

Units Include:

  • Waxing services
  • Hand and nail treatments
  • Foot treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Eyelash and eyebrow treatments
  • Makeup application
  • Basic massage treatments

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