Hairdressing and barbering employers meet exam board manager

Hairdressing and Barbering employers in Cornwall recently took advantage of a rare opportunity to meet with the Apprenticeship Manager of exam board VTCT Lynda Whitehorn.

Apprenticeship Manager of exam board VTCT Lynda Whitehorn discussing the new standards with employers.

Apprenticeship Manager of exam board VTCT Lynda Whitehorn discussing the new standards with employers.

The opportunity came at an employer briefing organised and hosted by Truro and Penwith College to support its employers in the hairdressing and barbering sector. The briefing, attended by salon managers and owners at Truro College focused on new Apprenticeship standards that the College will be adopting in September.

Apprenticeship standards have been replacing traditional frameworks since May 2017 and are designed in partnership with employers to ensure learner’s time at College is spent developing the skills needed in the workplace. One key change within the new standards is a requirement for learners to participate in ‘20% off the job training’. Off-the-job training is learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment. This can take the form of practical training such as shadowing and mentoring, or the teaching of theory for example; lectures or simulation exercises. This is a positive change that allows time for broader learning and understanding on the industry resulting in improved performance at work and the ability to bring fresh ideas to the workplace.

Lynda Whitehorn also hosted a Q&A with the employers to address any queries they had around the changes and how they can get the most out of their Apprenticeship training programme.

Lynda Whitehorn said: “It is important we hold these talks in order for employers to ask questions and offer them support. Today I’ll be giving an overview of the new standards, discussing the change in assessment and 20% off the job training so that employers are fully aware of the Apprenticeship content and structure.”

Lynda also introduced the new trailblazer approach which encourages hairdressers in the industry to offer ongoing input in what skills they think are important for Apprentices to gain, so that course content can be continually tailored for the industry.

The briefing for many employers is the first element of support received from Truro and Penwith College, who will continue working with employers closely throughout the Apprenticeship to ensure their programme delivers results for the business and outstanding experiences for the Apprentices in their workplace.

Hayley McKinstry, Programme Team Leader for Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies at the College commented: “Working closely with employers is essential to ensure learners leave College with the skills employers need. The industry is constantly evolving and employer input is incredibly valuable for both the College and its learners.”

If you’re thinking about taking on an Apprentice to advance your business, call the business team on 01872 242711.