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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




The Spring issue of VTCT News is out now.

The latest issue of VTCT News is out now. The Spring 2017 edition is bursting with interesting features from our sectors as well as industry and centre news.

Click here to view VTCT News Spring 2017

If you have an article or an idea you would like to submit for the magazine contact communications@vtct.org.uk - we would love to hear from you!

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

The Autumn issue of VTCT News is out now.

The latest issue of VTCT News is out now. The Autumn 2016 edition is bursting with interesting features from our sectors as well as industry and centre news.

Click here to view VTCT News Autumn 2016

If you have an article or an idea you would like to submit for the magazine contact communications@vtct.org.uk - we would love to hear from you!

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.

Summer issue of VTCT News out now!

The latest issue of VTCT News is out now. The Summer 2016 edition is bursting with interesting features from our sectors as well as industry and centre news.

Click here to view VTCT News Summer 2016

If you have an article or an idea you would like to submit for the magazine contact communications@vtct.org.uk - we would love to hear from you!

VTCT is pleased to announce the following new complementary therapies qualifications.

  • VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Providing Therapies for Clients with Cancer or other Life Limiting Conditions

  • VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Complementary Therapies

  • VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Aromatherapy for the Complementary Therapist

  • VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Reflexology for the Complementary Therapist

  • VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Massage for the Complementary Therapist

These qualifications have been designed to specifically meet the progression needs of their target audience. They are supported by the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and are regarded as an important addition to the Complementary Therapies suite by employers.

Contact us for more information:

Tel: +44 (0)23 8068 4500

Email: customersupport@vtct.org.uk

VTCT is happy to announce that our brand new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training prospectus is now available here.

The VTCT CPD courses have been developed to provide an invaluable opportunity for centres to enhance staff skills set. VTCT has a team of specialist educators who are acknowledged as experts in their field. They will deliver training in new skills techniques and technologies which have been specifically designed for tutors. The aim of the training is to enhance knowledge, skills and qualifications for you to pass on to your learners or to enable you to expand the range of VTCT courses you can offer.

All of the CPD courses listed are delivered at your own centre and can be tailored to suit your needs. Prices quoted are for all delegates and not per person unless otherwise indicated. After your enquiry, the specialist educator will contact you to arrange a date and venue for the training to take place.

For more information about any of these courses please contact events@vtct.org.uk

VTCT is pleased to announce a new partnership with laser technology supplier, Skyncare, to ensure its colleges and private training providers have the equipment they need to deliver level 4 beauty therapy, laser and IPL qualifications.
Skyncare will now act as the VTCT recommended supplier of laser equipment, which has been developed with training facilities in mind. VTCT approved centres will benefit from a 10% discount on Skyncare’s laser device; the Biocare-one. This all-in-one platform technology boasts multiple safety features as well as the ability to perform the advanced treatments which will be included in the VTCT level 5 qualification – currently in development.
For over 50 years, VTCT has seen its portfolio of qualifications grow extensively in the beauty sector and with the level 4 qualification now a requirement to perform laser & IPL treatments, more training providers are expected to offer level 4 training. The partnering of Skyncare and VTCT will provide the industry with affordable laser/IPL equipment that meets the requirements of present and future VTCT qualifications.
For further information about Skyncare’s laser technology, call +44 (0) 1730 239 579 or email info@skyncare.co.uk ensuring you mention your VTCT Centre status to get your discount.