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VTCT News Autumn 2012


  • 50th Anniversary Edition | 1

    Anniversary SpecialCelebrating 50 years of VTCT

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    success secrets

    London 2012As the world watched on, VTCT staff,

    students and tutors were busy behind the scenes, playing a variety of vital

    roles during the Games

    Offender TherapyAn innovative approach

    to counselling

  • 2 | VTCT News

    Approaching our 50th birthday has been a time to look forward, not back.

    VTCT has a proud history as a specialist awarding body. There is much to live up to for those of us in the organisation today. However, the environment in which we operate is fast changing, not least due to endless political efforts to improve the educational system. We cannot sit and wait for things to settle down; we must create our own future.

    We will continue to invest in new courses, new people and new ideas and a new office this Autumn will also help us to rethink the way we do things, ensuring they are to the best effect and allowing us to offer colleges and centres excellent value for money in our courses and service.

    At a time when the economy is stagnant and employment is difficult, never has there been a greater need for vocational courses; courses that can put people into real jobs. We are redoubling our efforts to ensure our courses are effective, testing, valuable and relevant.

    Congratulations to all those, past and present, who have worked to develop VTCT into the successful body it is today. Our grateful thanks to all the training providers and colleges that have supported us.

    We take encouragement from achieving this milestone and will endeavour to go on to greater things in the next 50 years with new energy.

    Brian Boyce, VTCT Chair of Trustees

    Vocational Training Charitable Trust, VTCT, is an awarding organisation with a difference. Our principal mission is to provide world classqualifications, and be the best awarding organisation serving our sectors. Our founder Wallace Sharps is credited with creating the concept of Beauty Therapy and the associated application of expertise in Anatomy and Physiology. While maintaining VTCTs pre-eminence in Beauty Therapy, Mr Sharps expanded the range of qualifications to embrace Hairdressing & Barbering, Complementary Therapies and Sport & Active Leisure, and more recently, Hospitality & Catering. We are constantly innovating, not only in qualifications, but in our service to centres - with registration and certification happening within three days.We are proud that above all we are about the learners. We offer them the chance to develop their skills and enable them to earn a livelihood and build self-confidence. In return they repay us with a closeness with our industries, enabling us to ensure that our specifications and assessment remain relevant and contemporary. The keys to our success are quality and customer service. We take a leading position among UK awarding organisations in working with organisations in other states and at the European level to support international efforts on the mutual recognition of reputable qualifications. We are among the first UK awarding organisations to launch the Europass Certificate Supplement, which enables holders of our qualifications to demonstrate the international recognition of VTCT qualifications. This is important to us because it offers our successful students mobility and job opportunities, and is leading to a growing interest in our qualifications beyond the UK.

    And yet, VTCT is, as I have said, an awarding organisation with a difference. The Trustees manage our reserves in a manner which maximises public benefit, making generous donations to a range of important projects. This year they are funding, through SHAIR, another UK charity, a Hairdressing Academy in Rwanda, and are making possible new training facilities in a number of prisons. For us, it is all about the learner and unlocking his/her potential, and the Trustees are determined to develop opportunities for the previously disadvantaged.

    I am very fortunate to work with talented people devoted to expanding the education and training chances for learners. The Trustees exercise good governance and strategic direction, our senior management team of myself, Director of Operations Su Brakewell and Director of Business Development Nic Robinson, together with all of VTCTs management and staff, are determined that the rapid growth and rising prestige that we have been experiencing will continue. We are not only determined, we are confident, provided we continue to listen to you, our customers, and maintain our standards and our customer service. Thank you for making the journey with us, heres to another 50 years!

    Dr Stephen Vickers, VTCT Chief Executive


  • 50th Anniversary Edition | 3

    Here is another bumper edition of VTCT News in honour of our Golden Year!It has been a busy few months and all is progressing quickly and in the right direction. Registrations on VTCT qualifications have risen quite dramatically this academic year, driven on by constant improvements in responsiveness and service. You will see from the features on pages 21, 34 and 36 that VTCT is constantly increasing its international presence. Over a 1000 users have been trialling Linx2Record and are grateful to them for all the feedback which is helping with development. There are 80 qualifications on Linx2Record currently covering about 80% of registrations, a further 40 have gone to the developer and a programme is in place to put almost all of our qualifications on by September. If you have not yet had a demo, contact your Regional Centre Adviser or customer services.

    The Apprenticeship Bundle, featured on page 61, has proved particularly popular, providing excellent value for money. The availability of our e-portfolio as part of the package and inclusive of the price is the icing on the cake (I need to get used to hospitality and catering metaphors now!).

    To support the VTCT Apprenticeship Bundle we have submitted Functional Skills Levels 1 & 2 in English, Maths and ICT, for approval by Ofqual. VTCT will be delivering an assessment window of a week every eight weeks through 2012/13, initially paper-based but later online. There is a published programme of training events in September that is filling up fast. If you have not registered yet contact customer services.

    You will see from the features that we have been active in supporting skills competitions, network meetings and providing CPD sessions all around the country. This is easiest to organise where we can work with existing local groups e.g. the Merseyside Colleges Association and the Pan Wale Hair and Beauty Network. If you would like our support for a network or to host events please contact your Regional Centre Adviser.

    Lastly, you will see a host of personal success stories within this addition. The tenacity and professionalism of the people who work or study with us makes us tremendously proud. If you have success stories you wish to share or could contribute informative features we would love to hear from you, please contact our PR Officer, Rosie on rosielewis@vtct.org.uk.

    Nic Robinson, VTCT Director of Business Development.

    50 Years of VTCT | VTCT News

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    Andrew Barton

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    India - CIVT

    Therapy for Offenders

    Hospitality & Catering

    Facial Awareness




    Assistant editor

    Rosie Lewis


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    Assistant editor

    Laura Dawrant


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    Alan Harris


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  • 4 | VTCT News

    VTCT News | 50 Years of VTCT

  • 50th Anniversary Edition | 5

    50 years of VTCT | VTCT News

    C rowds flocked to help VTCT celebrate its 50th anniversary during this years annual Beauty UK exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham. VTCT hosted Gold, a unique event which welcomed people to help commemorate the awarding organisation, which this year reaches its 50th year of awarding vocational qualifications.

    The morning of VTCT Gold was free to all and saw hundreds of visitors gather to gain a glimpse of all things VTCT as well as getting to see what some of its partner companies have to offer.

    Visitors got the chance to see demonstrations from the Habia Skills Team, who were showcasing techniques such as barbering, hair styling and media make-up. People were

    also given the chance to get a Thai massage from Eastleigh College's Dinah Pickering, which proved so popular that the morning was booked up in a flash.

    Also illustrating their services at the event were some of VTCTs partner companies including Pulsar, TLT make-up masks and Vicky Ullah wigs.

    In addition, being displayed in the morning were preparations for the afternoon event which saw Jennifer Lenard, MK and Kirsty Meakin take to the stage for a breathtaking gold-themed CPD session. The afternoon was worth its weight in gold as the trio created an awe-inspiring total look on a male and a female model and talked the eager audience through the techniques they used. The spectators were wowed by high-level skills including; media make-up, patterns in hair, nail art, body-casting, airbrush make-up and nail enhancements.

    VTCT CEO, Dr Stephen Vickers speaks about VTCT reaching such a milestone:

    Over the past 50 years, our emphasis has been upon World Class qualifications, meeting the needs o