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Hello lovely clients and models, we ae awaiting government approval announcement BEFORE we start taking your bookings.

Keep safe an well, we cant wait to welcome you back when its safe to do so!

Best wishes

The Shears Academy Team 




EMPLOYER UPDATE: Mon. 15th June 2020 - Changes to the Furlough Scheme


The UK government has confirmed the details of the furlough scheme from 1 July 2020 which are as follows:

  1. From 1 July 2020, employers will be able to agree to flexibly furlough employees
  2. This means that employees will be able to work any hours or work pattern and still be eligible to be furloughed for any of their contractual hours they do not work whilst using the flexible scheme
  3. Employers may place employees back onto permanent furlough at any point and then return them to work if you have sufficient demand for work for them
  4. These arrangements must be confirmed in writing and, therefore, you must write to each employee and ask them to sign their agreement to:
  • Place an employee on furlough (please remember that employees must have been furloughed for at least 3 weeks prior to 30 June 2020, unless they are returning from maternity leave etc)
  • Bring an employee back to work under the flexible scheme
  • Amend an employee’s flexible furlough arrangements
  • Place them back onto permanent furlough

Click link for guidance:

The guidance available has useful information about how to process claims and notes that a claim must not be made until you are sure of the number of hours an employee is going to work in the flexible period. The guidance also advises that because the terms of the scheme will change each month from 1 July 2020, claim periods starting on or after 1 July must start and end within the same calendar month. Employers with pay periods which are not consistent with a calendar month should read the guidance carefully and take care when processing claims to ensure that it does not miss out on any deadlines.

Please do not hesitate to contact Pauline: if you wish to discuss any aspect of your apprentice's employment or training. 

Best wishes, The Shears Academy Team

29th May 2020 - Important Update for Employers and Apprentices

Hello Employers and Apprentices  

We sincerely hope you are all keeping safe and well.

The Shears Academy Team are preparing plans for returning to the Academy as soon as the government confirm it is safe to do so.

In line with the first salons opening on Saturday July 4th, we plan to re-open to Apprentices week commencing Monday 6th July with full Social Distance Secure measures in place to ensure the highest levels of safety for our team and apprentices. WE WILL NOT BE BOOKING IN MODEL CLIENTS AT THIS TIME, but Group A and C apprentices will be working on Training Heads and Group A and C on completeing all paper-based work, and theory.

The government is encouroughing everyone to avoid using public transport if at all possible. Therefore we have gathered information from Apprentices to enable us to Risk Assess their prospective journeys whilst attending Shears Academy. 

Priority will be given to those apprentices that are due to take EPA in June and August, and also those apprentices that have found difficulty in participating in online learning delivery. 

Employers: We will be contacting  you over the next week to discuss your apprentice's return to face to face training with us., meanwhile if you have any queries at this particular time, please email us on and we will get back to you

Warmest regards, the Shears Academy Team.  


Fri. 15th May 2020 Update

Latest guidance at 15th May 20

The Department for Education is updating their policies regularly to support everyone at this time, please click on the GOV.UK links below for full details:
Apprenticeships guidance:  Employers: guidance showing how to pay an apprentice that has been furloughed.

FE guidance: check here for updates concerning the reopening plans for the FE sector.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding reopening plans, you can call the Coronavirus Helpline direct on: 0800 046 8687 (8am to 6pm - Monday to Friday; 10am to 4pm - Saturday to Sunday).

If you would like to discuss any aspect of employing an Apprentice or apprenticeship training, please email Tracey, Sue or Pauline on :

Training:          Enrolment & Safeguarding:         Employment:

With thanks,

The Shears Academy Team.


Wed. 6th May 20 Latest C-19 Update for Employers and Apprentices

Please see the links below: 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): check how the apprenticeship service will support you.

Are you an apprentice? The apprentice page may help you with information on Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Any queries, or if you wish to discuss your case, please don't hesitate to contact me:

Coronavirus information