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Our Vision: We will: Identify the most appropriate learning pathway for those wanting to enter the Hair and Beauty Industry. Achieve the highest learner success rate of achievements within the Industry. Promote positive progression through a variety of strong Partnership links. Continuously improve Standards of Attainment, Service and Quality of Training. Increase the number of Employers involved in training in South Yorkshire Our Mission: We aim to: Provide a world class quality of service, training and support Promote the importance of a safe and healthy environment for all Offer outstanding opportunities for all  Meet the training  and skills needs required from the hair and beauty Industry employers of South Yorkshire Oracle’s Employer Charter: We will Work together to support and be supported by the Employers, promoting life long learning for all, making ‘the learning experience’ an enjoyable one. Oracle Training Consultants will dedicate time and expertise to support the employer base and ensure 100% commitment to the training and development of the industries future workforce. 
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Oracle Training first opened it’s doors in Doncaster’s market place in 1999; with just four staff and 18 learners. Originally the vision of our two Directors; Sally Marsh and Diane Logan who wanted to create a training organisation that was as passionate about it’s young people’s success as it was about training. The Company has gone from strength to strength and now has over 200 learners training in two state of the art training centres, and 25 staff who’s job it is to offer the highest level of service to all Oracle’s internal and external customers.  
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Inspiring and motivating young people is a difficult job, but someone’s got to do it! Here at Oracle we work with locally based Employers who can see the potential of our learners and are willing to offer them the opportunity to work while they develop their chosen pathway.  The learner’s journey is not an easy one at the best of times and we try to make the transition as smooth as possible; offering the support and guidance for each learner to help them enjoy their training and achieve their full potential. 
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Ofsted Regulated Oracle is government funded through the SFA and match funded by ESF for our post 16 provision. As a funded organisation we are quality assured through the Common Inspection Framework by Ofsted.                to read our most recent Ofsted report.
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Training Pathways on offer through Oracle: Apprenticeships: Oracle has well established Apprenticeship Frameworks covering a range of professions within the Hair and Beauty Sector. Our sub contract partner, Engage Training and Development Ltd, who also offer Apprenticeship Frameworks for the Business Administration, Hospitality and Catering industries. We work with a host of good quality employers who invest in their Apprenticeship to ensure they reach their potential as an employee. Anyone interested in a career training pathway through one of our Apprenticeship routes can simply   You will be invited to one of our Skills and Knowledge Sessions which will give you a clearer indication of what career paths are on offer and what the job role of an Apprentice entails. Once you have completed the Skills and Knowledge Session and you feel you would like to take your application further you can book an interview with one of our Recruitment Officers. For more general information about Apprentices For all current vacancies 
Training fees, costs and allowances If you are on an apprenticeship programme and are aged 16-18, you are guaranteed to get your entire training programme paid for by the government. That means there is no cost or fee for you.  If you are aged 19 or over there is still funding available but it is reduced so in some circumstances employers are asked to contribute to the funding of your training. No cost or fee will be directed to you. Your training is funded by the Skills Funding Agency and may be match funded by the European social fund. Traineeships/Study Programme: Our Traineeship programme offers individuals who may not yet be ready for employment an opportunity to work on their employability skills, including; personal learning and thinking skills, enabling them to gain confidence in a work placement which will hopefully progress them into a job with training – an apprenticeship. Our Study programme offers the extra time and support needed to help gain valuable qualifications and experience which play an important part in increasing individuals potential by reducing any barriers to learning they may have that has so far stopped them  achieving. Our study programme helps anyone with lower grades improve English and Maths skills, whilst also working through and achieving an occupational qualification. The programme also offers a possibility of a work placement that could, over time, result in individuals being offered the possibility of a job and entry onto our apprenticeship programme.  Bursary funding is available to those eligible while on this programme.
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To apply for our Traineeship or Study Programme, please click here (this link would open the application form that would then be emailed to enquiries@oracle-uk.com  For more general information about Traineeships   School programmes: Oracle work with a number of schools in South Yorkshire offering a variety of school programmes including vocational NVQs, Certificates and Awards. If you are under 16 and are interested in a vocational pathway while still at school please speak to your curriculum coordinator in school to find out more.  For more information on the programmes we offer Private courses: Private courses are available for those wanting to re-train. Training programmes include all aspects of the hair and beauty industry and are subject to availability. Assessor training programmes are also available and prices on request from diane.logan@oracle-uk.com If you are aged 24+ you can apply for a government advanced learning loan. To find out more. 
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Level 3 Apprentice “My name is Larissa I am 19 years of age. I have been coming to Oracle since school. I love working in the salon, I work there 5 days a week. I get a lot more help at Oracle with one to ones than I ever did at school.” Level 3 Hair Apprentice “I hated school, it was not for me, coming to Oracle made me grow up and see things in a different light. They treat you like adults not children.” Level 2 Hair Apprentice "Oracle has helped me so much they have given me so much support in the last three months and I have come a long way. They help a lot more than staying at school because you get all the extra help and you have one to one sessions."
  Policy Document for sub contracting - Supply Chain Policy Oracle Training Consultants Limited started sub contracting part of their provision in 2012. Oracle looked at the business rationale for taking on a subcontractor and created this document as a policy document to look at long term impact and effectiveness of the service delivery for the end user.  Strategy for engagement of subcontract provision:  By engaging with subcontractors, Oracle will: Strengthen capacity building. Ensure revenue margins are met and protected. Ensure cost effectiveness. Engage with new markets and sectors. Maintain and develop their own niche market. Prior to taking on a subcontractor, Oracle management must:  Consider the business rationale for subcontracting, discussing this rationale with the potential subcontractor at the time of commissioning. Ensure the potential subcontractor is assessed against established and transparent selection criteria, which in effect, mirror the requirements of Oracle by the Agency. Assess the potential subcontractor to ensure that they meet the required quality standard, and support them in developing operational processes and policies to the highest standard. Celebrate and share examples of good practice from subcontractors throughout the company. Establish a contract that clearly identifies the terms of the subcontracting arrangements, reflecting the Agency contract. Have clearly defined management fees agreed. Work to build a strong working partnership that is supportive and transparent. Introduce effective quarterly reviews which are supported by development actions that build capacity and allow the subcontractor to offer the best possible service to the learners.  Contract management:  Contracts will be issued in line with the Agency and on confirmation the sub contractor, if delivering funds of over £100,000, place on the register of training organisations.  Quarterly reviews will determine management fees, relating to the risk banding and level of support offered to the sub contractor by Oracle.  Risk Banding:  25% - High Risk  20% - Medium Risk  15% - Low Risk  These will be re assessed annually and agreed with the subcontractor on agreeing the year’s profile.  Sally Marsh will be responsible for the quality assurance of each sub contractor with Nikki Parfitt responsible for the contract management. 
Here at Oracle we work hard to help local charities and other voluntary organisations throughout the UK. Over the years we have built up effective and lasting relationships with people and organisations from the hair and beauty industry so that together we can lend a helping hand and allow the thousands of small charities to reach their full potential; whether it be services that tackle those rare diseases, combat those difficult social issues or address those neglected causes. Oracle really does help to make a difference, from sponsored parachute jumps, bake off coffee mornings to sponsored assault courses; we have even been seen on a mad one hour shopping trolley dash for toys in a local toy shop; all in aid of local children who don’t usually experience a great Christmas! Not only does this work help the charities, it also gives the opportunity for our learners to give their time back and to meet other young people, who may not be as fortunate. Experiencing these activities help them grow as human beings and show how they can benefit the local community.  Oracle will continue to organise and take part in a variety of fundraising events throughout the year so in advance we would like to say a big thank you for all your support, you help make a difference!!!!!
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Every year Oracle has hosted exchange training programmes from all over the world. So far we have worked in partnership with schools in Belgium, Malta, Italy and Japan, providing bespoke programmes for as little as two week up to a one year training programme. These lifelong training programme are in association with Habia UK, Habia Italy, Habia Japan, Habia Malta and the Leonardo/Erasmus+ projects. These projects aim to support international students in training activities within the UK hairdressing sector. Oracle Training provides a range of knowledge and skills covering the NVQ qualification, to enable the students to gain personal development, employability and participation in the European Labour Market. The students also complete an English speaking component. During their visit the students experience external hair shows, competition events, guest speakers and demonstrations by industry leaders. They have been known to take part in professional photo shoots and all experienced salon placements within the Doncaster and Rotherham area, working alongside Oracle’s UK Apprenticeship learners. Diane Logan Director of Oracle Training Consultants Ltd commented ‘ It has been great to see both the UK and International students working together, local employers within the Doncaster and Rotherham area have also supported the exchange programme, allowing the international students to have first hand experience within their busy salons. The whole experience for Oracle’s UK Apprentices as been of great value; it has allowed them to be stretched and challenged, gain valuable employability skills, develop their functional skills, work first hand with different cultures, develop peer mentoring skills and finally they have been given the task to reflect and self evaluate their performance throughout the whole programme. Recently Sally Marsh Strategic Director Oracle Training Consultants Ltd met Lauren Hunsley father who said, “Lauren went on a two weeks exchange to Malta in 2009, she said it was the best experience she had ever had, and she even ended up on Malta TV at an awards show! She came back really motivated and confident” So even five years later the exchange programmes  have had  positive and worthwhile effect on Oracle’s young people. 
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We believe in the importance of integrating both 'on and off the job’ Training. At Oracle Training Consultants we truly believe that in order for our programmes to be as successful as possible, we need to work closely with our employers to achieve optimum results.  We are constantly evaluating and upgrading our programmes and look to both Learners and Salons for feedback and constructive criticism so that we can maintain quality and continually improve our provision. If you have a vacancy within your workplace and would like to employ an apprentice, please contact our recruitment team on 01302 813900. We will support your recruitment process by advertising your vacancy and selecting applicants for you to interview. Government grants are available for SME businesses employing an apprentice.
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