The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfA) have said their hair and beauty EPA flexibilities will continue, to aid apprentices to complete their course during the pandemic.

Hair and beauty industry’s are expected to return to work following the Prime Ministers announcement from April 12th 2021, however this is to be closely monitored and may change dependant on the success of the government’s roadmap.

For this reason and after listening to the feedback from those close to the challenges faced, the IfA have decided to make the decision to allow Hair and Beauty EPAs to continue without close contact assessments until at least the end of August 2021.

This includes hair professionals, beauty therapists and beauty and makeup consultant apprentices. The plan for those to continue their end point assessment as planned will continue where possible.

Deputy Director for Apprenticeships Assessments and Quality, Nikki Christie said: “We understand the challenges that COVID has posed to the hair and beauty sector and to apprentices. We have listened to a wide variety of views and worked hard to find a solution that supports apprentices while maintaining high standards. These are extraordinary measures which we are taking to help clear blockages in the system and give more apprentices a fair opportunity to complete their learning.”

The new hair and beauty EPA flexibilities are said to provide additional options for assessments to be delivered in a different way for as long as needed to as a result of COVID and give apprentices a fair chance to complete.

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