Support

We all know life can throw curveballs and at EASI we believe in helping you handle anything life throws your way.

Our priority is that you enjoy and achieve – so we have put together some support resources which may help you, as well as ensuring the EASI team are fully trained and ready to listen.

Safeguarding

EASI Hairdressing Academy are committed to safeguarding all children, young people and vulnerable adults that come into contact with our work.  

We believe that all children, young people and vulnerable adults have an equal right to protection from abuse, regardless of their age, race, religion, ability, gender, language, background or sexual identity and consider the welfare of the child/young person/vulnerable adult paramount. 

We enable all our staff and those who work with us to make informed and confident decisions regarding safeguarding and expect everyone working for, with or on behalf of the company to have read, understood and adhere to our Safeguarding Policy and related procedures. 

Under Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, EASI Hairdressing Academy has a duty to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.  The Prevent Duty states it is our responsibility to help safeguard people and communities from the threat of terrorism and extremism by promoting British values. 

What should I do if I have safeguarding concerns? 

If you notice a change in a someone’s behaviour, or are concerned in any way about the safety or wellbeing of an EASI Learner, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead as a priority:
Gemma Hall – [email protected] – 01206 579949
Johdi Mennie – [email protected] – 01206 579949 

If you would like more information on our Safeguarding Policy or other safeguarding matters or concerns, contact EASI directly on 0800 690 6823

To explore this area independently visit the Essex Safeguarding Children Board at www.escb.co.uk.  

Let’s work together to keep each other safe. 

Support Resources

A confidential, non-judgemental and informal service for young people between the ages of 11 and 25 within Colchester and Tendring, who are facing difficulties in their lives.

Get honest information about drugs – talk to FRANK for facts, support and advice on drugs and alcohol today.

We provide specialist support that empowers young people to make positive changes and rediscover their hope.  Essex Young Peoples Drug & Alcohol Service is provided here.

The Essex Young People’s Partnership provides a wide range of housing and support services for young people.

The Essex Youth Service helps young people get the most out of school, work and life.

The Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service provides advice and support to children, young people and families who are in need of support with their emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties.

We know times of extreme stress can lead to increased incidents of domestic abuse or other safeguarding issues.  As a service it is our priority is to ensure the safety of all our families. This site provides details of a number of services and charities to support you.

A confidential service that can provide a listening ear if you are going through something that you are finding difficult to deal with and need to open up to someone.

Childline is a charity that can provide a variety of support up to the age of 18 on anything that may be bothering you.

Confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by telephone, email and post. Working to develop healthy, positive coping strategies, an inner feeling of strength and increased self-esteem to encourage healing, recovery and moving forward with life.

NUS Apprentice extra, the discount card for UK Apprentices with loads of discounts in-store and online.

Learning Resources

Moodle

Much of our theory learning for L2 and L3 is now online and you can access the content and submit your work by using Moodle.

Please use the personal Moodle log in details you have been provided by EASI.

Moodle Login

BKSB

If you are required to complete Maths and/or English Functional Skills exams, some of the learning and progress assessment is completed using BKSB.  

Please use the personal BKSB log in details you have been provided by EASI.

BKSB Login

Parent Guide

We believe a Hairdressing Apprenticeship is the most effective route to becoming a fully qualified Hairdresser. 

By learning on the job, your child is surrounded by qualified Hairdressers in salon, allowing them to observe and shadow to enhance their learning. 

An Apprenticeship with EASI includes your child attending college following a hands on creative programme – at our Academy, all EASI Trainers are qualified Hairdressers that work part time for us and also work as stylists in salons.

All this combined creates a unique opportunity for your child to learn from people that are already doing the job throughout their journey to becoming fully qualified.

We are there to help your child from the beginning, including support to find employment in a salon by advising on current vacancies and giving guidance and tips on how to apply. They will work full time, usually between 30 and 40 hours per week and will attend training at EASI regularly according to their schedule – doing a mixture of theory and practical whilst working towards the Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals, which takes up to two years to complete.

  • L2 and L3 Apprenticeships are fully funded by the government for 16-18 year olds. For age 19+ an employer contribution towards the cost of training is required. Please contact us for full details.
  • Apprentices are paid at least Apprenticeship minimum wage, there is usually an annual increase, for full details visit www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide/pay-and-conditions.
  • A contract of employment should be in place for the Apprentice which should clearly outline hours of work and holiday entitlement as a minimum.
  • Maximum Working Hours – The European Working Time Directive states that young people aged up to 18 can work for maximum of 40 hours per week and not more than 8 hours per day. Those aged over 18 have maximum working hours of 48 hours per week but they can sign an agreement with their employer, should they wish to opt out of the protection provided by the Working Time Directive.
  • If your child doesn’t get a grade of 4 or above in their English or Maths GCSEs, they do not need to resit them, but instead, as part of their Apprenticeship, they will complete Functional Skills qualifications as required.

For further information visit www.apprenticeships.gov.uk or www.amazingapprenticeships.com/parents

Throughout our L2 and L3 Apprenticeships, EASI conducts regular reviews with the salon and the Apprentice to check on wellbeing and progress and to agree additional support if needed. EASI have a dedicated Learner Support Coordinator who is able to provide extra guidance, including help with dyslexia, anxiety and life challenges among many other things.

During your child’s Apprenticeship they will require models to practice on – you can support them by encouraging them to buy a dummy head, helping them to find potential clients – and of course volunteering yourself.  All work is carried out under strict supervision by one of our Trainers but this allows your child to practice real techniques, on real hair, with real people, in real time.

If you have any questions about Hairdressing Apprenticeships or learning with EASI, would like information about how to apply or anything else, please contact us.

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