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COVID-19 NOTICES

Dear Employers / Salon Owners,

At BL Hairdressing Training, we are committed to supporting you, your staff and apprentices through this uncertain time. BL Hairdressing Training are a small business like yourselves, we have staff who also need support from their employer and clear direction. This can be a tough time for employers, and we want you to know we will help you in any way we can to ensure your staff, including apprentices, do not feel worried about their future.

At present, our advice is to keep up to date with government websites which have the latest information for small businesses.

https://www.gov.uk/…/guidan…/covid-19-support-for-businesses

At present we urge employers not to make apprentices redundant as they may feel it is your only option. This is not the case, and you do not want to let your staff and apprentices leave your employment as you will need to retain good staff for the future. All salons are facing difficulties but there are financial packages out there to support you. We do not want mass unemployment after this virus has done it’s worst! The economy will need to survive and keep positive about future planning, we all need to future proof our business at present.

You may have heard about the government scheme Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Furloughed workers (granted leave of absence or temporary release)If your employer cannot cover staff costs due to COVID-19, they may be able to access support to continue paying part of your wage, to avoid redundancies.

If your employer intends to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, they will need to discuss with employees and apprentices becoming classified as a furloughed worker. This would mean that you are kept on your employer’s payroll, rather than being laid off. To qualify for this scheme, employees should not undertake work while you are furloughed. This will allow the employer to claim a grant of up to 80% of your wage for all employment costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.Staff will remain employed while furloughed. Your employer could choose to fund the differences between this payment and your salary but does not have to.
If your salary is reduced as a result of these changes, you may be eligible for support through the welfare system, including Universal Credit.

We intend for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to run for at least 3 months from 1 March 2020 but will extend if necessary.Your accountant will be in a position to help you on applying for this support once the government has released the details.

Employers - We will keep you up to date when we get any further updates from the government regarding your apprentices. We will be contacting them to keep studying with us via distance learning modules we have set up with their allocated BL tutor. There is still an opportunity to learn and keep them engaged so they can continually be supported. If you need advice on how to support apprentices, please contact the senior management team:

Ange Davenport – ange.davenport@blhairdressing.co.uk 07889010813
Judith Speed - Judith.speed@blhairdressing.co.uk 07889010806

Apprentices for working at home and receiving apprenticeship online support - Academy Managers:
BL Darlington: Louise Ions - louise.ions@blhairdressing.co.uk 07889010799

Newcastle Aimee McPherson - aimee.mcpherson@blhairdressing.co.uk 07515286689

Stockton Claire Pattinson – Claire.pattinson@blhairdressing.co.uk 07515286691

We will keep in contact, let us know which the best email address is to use or what other communication platform you prefer.

Please check our website for further updates.
It’s important we all say safe.

Regards BL Training Ltd Directors -
Mrs Gail Dalton-Ayres & Mrs Julie Ritson.

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