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VTCT Technical Certificates get DfE approval

VTCT is pleased to announce its brand new suite of Technical Qualifications at Level 2 and now have ministerial approval to be included in the Technical Certificate category of the 2019, 16-19 Performance Tables.

Key facts about these qualifications:

  • Offered across all of VTCT's sectors and tailored to specific job roles
  • Approval by the Department for Education (DfE) for teaching to the 16-19 age group from September 2017
  • Graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. Grades will also be given at unit level, giving employers an insight into the strengths of each learner
  • Developed for the purpose of leading learners to sustainable and worthwhile employment in their chosen service sector or progression to Level 3 Technical Qualifications
  • Developed with leading employers and professionals in each sector to ensure core skills are covered

Click on the images to browse information about VTCT's Technical Qualifications at Level 2




VTCT has commissioned a piece of research in order to understand, and help to provide insight into, current and future skills and workforce challenges within the hair and beauty sector.  The aim of this research is to help shape the focus of qualifications development and training provision for individuals and organisations across the sector.


We very much welcome your views and opinions and would be grateful if you could contribute to this important research by completing a short survey which can be accessed via the link below. In completing the survey you will have the opportunity to be entered into a random draw to win a £50 gift voucher. All responses will be treated with strict confidentiality.



Survey link

VTCT Acquires ITEC

The Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) is delighted to announce that, as of 8 November 2016, it has acquired EMS Limited which trades as ITEC, the internationally-recognised Awarding Organisation and Examination Board. Corporate finance boutique Adam Street advised the vendors on the sale.

The Trustees of VTCT and Directors of EMS Limited have entered into the acquisition agreement with a view to combining the strengths of the respective organisations and enhancing the services offered for the benefit of both centres and learners.

Ongoing changes in the market have increased the likelihood of consolidation in the qualifications sector, and ITEC were identified as the preferred and best-placed organisation to help VTCT realise its growth objectives. Additionally, ITEC, as a leading Awarding Organisation and brand will enable VTCT to ensure that the highest standards of qualification development and quality assurance are maintained in the global health, wellbeing, hairdressing and beauty-related industries.

Alan Woods OBE, CEO of VTCT said, “We were keen to acquire ITEC not only because it’s highly respected in our sector, but crucially it also shares our values and ambitions, placing strong emphasis on quality assurance, learner success, employer recognition and exceptional customer service.

“This acquisition aligns with our growth strategy to continue the development of our portfolio in Beauty and Spa; Complementary Therapy; Hairdressing; Sports and Fitness, and Customer Service qualifications. We’re very excited about the strong international profile ITEC brings, along with a rigorous and highly reliable examination approach which contrasts well with VTCT’s assessment models, allowing all of our approved centres to choose how they would like their learners assessed.

“We are confident that by bringing together ITEC, VTCT and Digital Assess – our e-assessment business - we will be able to further enhance the experience we offer to learners while continuing to provide the excellent service our customers expect from us.

"We would like to assure both ITEC and VTCT approved centres that there will be no interruption to your service - you will continue to be supported in the best way possible by your usual teams. Should you have any queries about this, please speak to your usual contacts at either ITEC or VTCT who will be happy to help you.”

Jane Foulston, CEO of ITEC said, “ITEC and VTCT are both industry specialists with beauty therapy and hairdressing at their core, so there is already a natural synergy between the two organisations.

“With the strong international base that ITEC has developed and the dominance of VTCT in the UK, putting the two organisations together equates to the largest specialised Awarding Organisation in the hair and beauty sectors.

“I am delighted with this acquisition as it is the perfect fit.  It will enable both organisations to continue to grow and flourish even further. ITEC has always provided and will continue to provide one standard for the World offering prestigious examination-based qualifications. I am looking forward to being involved with such an exciting organisation in these fast-moving times.  I would like to assure all our ITEC Customers that it’s business as usual.”


Any questions relating to this release should be directed to:

Alan Harris, Marketing Manager, e-mail: alanharris@vtct.org.uk

VTCT acquires Digital Assess

Digital Assess acquired by VTCT as part of a strategic investment in the business

Leading awarding organisation, Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) has acquired Digital Assess in a strategic move designed to add significant value to the suite of products and services it offers its customers.

Digital Assess provides a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) suite of products enabling training providers to capture and assess learner skills from one location. This purchase by VTCT is reflective of the growing importance of offering flexible, online-based assessments that meet all necessary quality standards and requirements.

Alan Woods, VTCT’s CEO said, “To compete in this market, both here and overseas, we need to innovate and add value to our customers. VTCT has recently completed a strategic overhaul of our business, and we’ve been actively seeking opportunities in the digital space that will allow us to offer a broader range of value-adding services. Luckily, Digital Assess – a company that has been on our radar for a while – was available at the right time. It’s a great product with a skilled and dedicated team, and we’re convinced this acquisition will enhance the fortunes of VTCT, Digital Assess, and all of our current and future customers.

I’d like to reassure Digital Assess’s customers that, despite the change in ownership, it’s business as usual.”

VTCT’s intention is that Digital Assess will continue to operate as a standalone business, with its own Management Team and Board, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of VTCT.

Dan Sandhu from Digital Assess said, “This is an exciting time in the vocational market and with the support of and as part of VTCT, the team at Digital Assess look forward to continuing to deliver innovative assessment products into this market.”

Any questions relating to the acquisition of Digital Assess by VTCT should be addressed to:

Daniel Underwood, CFO at danielunderwood@vtct.org.uk or

James Leighton Davis, Investment Director (Interim) at jamesleightondavis@vtct.org.uk.

The 2017 Key Stage 4 and 16 to 19 Performance Tables were published today (10 December). VTCT is pleased to announce a record number of our qualifications have been accepted for inclusion. A full list of the VTCT Qualifications included can be found by clicking here.


Key Stage 4

16-19 Technical Certificates at Level 2

16-19 Technical level qualifications at Level 3 

  • VTCT has three qualifications included in the Sport and Active Leisure category, including being the only awarding organisation to have an injury management qualification included (VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Preventing Injuries in Sport and Active Leisure (QCF))
  • VTCT has more qualifications included in the Hairdressing category than any other awarding organisation, including NVQs in Hairdressing and  Barbering
  • VTCT has more qualifications included in the Beauty category than any other awarding organisation.
  • VTCT has more qualifications included in the Cookery category than any other awarding organisation.
  • A new category has been introduced, Police Service and VTCT is the only awarding organisation offering a qualification in this category (VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Preparation for the Police Service (QCF))





VTCT has launched Linx2Learn, it’s exclusive e-learning platform which facilitates the learning, development and support of qualifications. The first products launched include on-line courses covering the prevention of contact dermatitis and food hygiene. Both courses are easy to use and take leaners through fun and interactive ways of learning. At the end of the course, learners sit a multiple-choice test that, if passed, can be printed out and used as evidence in their portfolios for the qualifications VTCT Level 2 Award in Preventing Contact Dermatitis (QCF) and VTCT Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (QCF) respectively.

In association with the British Barbering Association (BBA) VTCT  has also produced a programme of 14 video clips that demonstrate the fundamental barbering skills in an exceptionally clear format using blocks which relate to the way in which learners are taught the basic skills prior to progressing to the salon.

All products can be purchased on line and full details can be found on the Linx2Learn page of our website.

Hair Council Student of the Year

Hair Council – UK Student of the Year Awards 2015 - The competition for trainees who are serious about hairdressing.

Do you think you’ve trained the UK’s top hairdressing student? Why not nominate them for the Hair Council’s UK Student of the Year Award 2015. Learners need to create a finished look and submit two photos of their model. The Level 2 entrants will be asked to dress hair in a red carpet fashion and the Level 3 will be asked to cut and blow dry an innovative style of their choice.

For full details Click Here for an Entry Pack

VTCT Level 2 Award in LED Gel Polish Techniques (QCF)

The VTCT Level 2 Award in LED Gel Polish Techniques (QCF) is a single unit award qualification about applying, maintaining and removing LED gel polish products to the nails. This qualification aims to enable you to enhance the ranges of services and techniques offered to nail services clients.  

This qualification also covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare for the service and maintain effective health, safety and hygiene working practices throughout the treatment. Click here to see a copy of the Record of Assessment book.