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Coronavirus Update for all Partner Salons

A Thank You

We would like to thank all those employers who have confirmed to us the employment status of their apprentice/s during workplace and training site closure. To comply with ESFA regulations it is vital we know each apprentices employment position so that we can ensure we do not receive funding that we are not eligible for. We would therefore be most grateful to any employers who we have not yet managed to contact, if they can contact Lisa Lyons on 07587 779 463 at their earliest opportunity.

Training Update

Andrew Collinge Training premises were closed to apprentices on 23rd March 2020 and since then we have been very busy transitioning to deliver apprenticeship learning remotely, setting up virtual classrooms, which we are pleased to say the majority of apprentices are now participating in.

Learning activities are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for first and second year apprentices, whilst advanced apprentices are being set assignments aimed at developing creativity. It is encouraging to see so many apprentices logging in to their classrooms and completing the tasks, quizzes and various activities set by their tutors.

Separately to remote learning delivery, tutors are in regular contact with apprentices, completing pastoral reviews which record their progress and enable us to ensure they are coping well in this unprecendented situation.

Furlough clarification

Because we are receiving a number of queries from employers regarding the ‘furlough’ offer, we felt it would be useful to clarify the rules relating to apprentices on furlough.

We are pleased to report, apprentices are able and encouraged to continue their training using remote methods whilst on furlough with their employer.

Like other employees, employers can claim 80% of their apprentices wages from government via the furlough scheme and this is hoped to keep apprentices on programme so that any delays to completion can be minimised.

More information on the furlough scheme can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

 

It is important to note that apprentices undertaking training on furlough must be paid the apprenticeship national minimum wage for the time they spend in training, and to help clarify this we have provided a few examples. These are based on apprentices who are being paid the relevant apprenticeship wage for their age.

e.g.

Apprentices aged 16-18, receiving £4.15 per hour and participating in remote learning 6 hours per week.

80% = £3.32 paid by government grant (furlough) 83p per hour to pay as top up to meet AMW requirement x 6 = £4.98 per week top up the employer is required to pay.

 

Apprentices aged 19+, (who are not in their first year of apprenticeship – in this case 16-18 rate applies) receiving £6.45 per hour and participating in remote learning 6 hours per week.

80% = £5.16 paid by government grant (furlough) £1.29 per hour to pay as top up to meet NMW requirement x 6 = £7.74 per week top up the employer is required to pay.

 

The online service you’ll use to claim is not available yet, although HMRC say it will be ready in the week commencing 20 April 2020.

Future apprenticeship completion

pprenticeship completion. Remote learning is extremely helpful, but as ours is a practical industry that demands ‘real commercial hairdressing skill and ability’ final assessment in whatever form will require close contact and observational assessment.

Currently our plan is to underpin essential knowledge and understanding during site closure, engaging apprentices in as much practical activity as is possible by remote means. As soon as training centres reopen we will deliver full days of practical training for second year apprentices to speed skill development and minimise any disruption to planned end dates caused by Covid-19.

The Current Situation for Apprentices
  • Our Liverpool and Birkenhead Training Schools will be closed from Monday 23 March. All apprentices have been contacted and should not attend on their respective training day.
  • Apprentices should speak with their employer and attend their employer’s salon (if still open) on the day that they would have been at the Andrew Collinge Training School
  • Apprentices will receive assignments from the Andrew Collinge Training Team
  • Apprentices should continue practicing their hairdressing skills in their employer’s salon (if still open)
  • Andrew Collinge Training will communicate with apprentices and employers when we know what date the training schools will reopen
  • We are still accepting applications for apprentices. If you would like to apply, please visit our application page. There you can watch our Virtual Open Evening and apply for an apprenticeship. Please note, video interviews will take place instead of face to face interviews.
COVID-19: Temporary Closure of all Salons and Andrew Collinge Training Schools
All Andrew Collinge salons are temporarily closed. We have taken this decision for the health of our clients, employees, their families, and also our responsibility to the wider community to ensure that social distancing is effective at combating the spread of Coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and helping us in our effort of keeping everyone safe.

UK Government advice followed from gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance