Here at Training Qualifications UK, we like to make sure you’re kept aware of all the most important goings-on in the world of End-Point Assessment. With that in mind, this week we look at the use of PPE on the Hair Professional standard and new information about barbering.

Hair Professional PPE update

Based on the new government guidance, we would like to give you an update regarding the Hair Professional standard.

Following the latest guidance, the use of Type II surgical face masks and visors are to be worn by both the Apprentice and our End-Point Assessors during the entirety of the End-Point Assessment. This is in addition to any PPE that might be currently worn under the current circumstances. This update is to take place with immediate effect.

Both disposable and re-usable visors are available. A re-usable visor must be cleaned and disinfected between each client using normal cleaning products.

As above, this must be a Type II surgical face mask and visor; a mask of any other sort will not be seen as safe working practice.

Government guidance suggests the following:

“Type II face masks will provide a physical barrier to minimise contamination of the mouth and nose when used correctly.”

The government update states the move, which follows new evidence from the scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage), is aimed at protecting customers and staff from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing, or speaking.

Please note – the wearing of a Type II surgical face mask and visor is something that will be checked by our Assessors during all assessments. If the Apprentice does not follow these new guidelines, it will mean that they are not adhering to safe working practice and therefore, the assessment will unfortunately be judged as a fail.

Our Assessors will shortly be reaching out to all Apprentices with scheduled assessments to prepare and discuss this in further detail. However, we would ask that you make contact with your Apprentices to ensure this message is clear and understood, ahead of any assessments taking place.

Our Assessors will of course ensure they are themselves equipped upon arrival, with both a suitable mask and visor for any upcoming assessments.

The full government guidance and update can be seen here.

Barbering

The update coincides with new guidance that states barbering and beauty services that involve being in close proximity to a client’s face can resume.

Due to the latest announcement, we are delighted to confirm that we will now be accepting bookings for all barbering Apprentices, from today onwards.

Please note: due to local restrictions, and close contact services, this will not be applicable for any assessments in the Leicester City area.

Further details of this update can be found here

For any barbering Apprentices that have already been submitted through gateway and were previously placed on hold, we can confirm that our Assessors will be in contact this week to schedule the assessments. As per our previous guidance, an on-site declaration form must be completed ahead of all on-site assessments. This can be located on Verve EPA and must be submitted to epa@tquk.org, before any assessments proceed.

As always, we would like to thank you for your continued support of Training Qualifications UK.

Should you have any queries in relation to this update, please contact us at epa@tquk.org, and a member of the team will be happy to support.

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