30 March 2020

Unfortunately some of our Year 3 hairdressing apprentices will have their Finals Assessments rescheduled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please be assured that you will not be charged extra fees for this delay – HITO fees are capped and once the fees are paid in full you will not need to pay more. For more information, check the Fees page

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23 March 2020

Following the Government’s announcement that the country is now locked down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, HITO staff will now be working from home for at least four weeks.

We expect all hairdressing, beauty therapy and barbering businesses will close for this period.

Off Job Training and Assessments will not take place during lockdown, we will notify employers and apprentices when they can be rescheduled.

Our expectation is that with the Government subsidy available, business owners will be able to keep apprentices employed.

Our Sales and Training Advisors are available via phone, email or Skype if you would like to touch base.

We will post answers to commonly asked questions on this website.

17 March 2020

The Government’s COVID-19 support package includes wage and leave subsidies to help employers retain staff if their business has lost (or is expected to lose) 30% or more in revenue due to the virus.

16 March 2020

HITO is following all Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health guidelines and will notify apprentices, trainees and employers if adjustments are required to off-job training or training site visits at workplaces due to COVID-19.

If an apprentice is well, they should attend work and any scheduled off-job training classes as usual. If they are not well, they should stay at home. Read the Government’s leave guidelines for employers and employees

If an apprentice is in isolation due to COVID-19 precautions, they may request to change the repayment schedule for their HITO fees.

We encourage employers and apprentices to be vigilant around hygiene practices to keep themselves safe and prevent the spread of infection.


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