International Professional Standards Network

HITO April Newsletter


Apprentice Boost extended

Employers receiving support from the Government’s Apprentice Boost programme will be able to receive payments until August 2022 for apprentices in their first 24 months of training. Apprentices must be progressing through their qualification for the employer to be eligible for payments, including completing their workbooks on time.



HITO members are invited to the Annual General Meeting on June 22 at 11am. Members can attend via Zoom, at the Wellington office or appoint a proxy to attend and vote on their behalf.

Annual General Meeting

Introducing …

Catherine Tobin has recently joined our team of hairdressing markers. Catherine worked as a stylist in New Zealand and overseas before owning a salon in Wairarapa. She has trained many hairdressers in-salon and as a tutor.

“It’s been great to get back into it – to give something back to industry and use all the knowledge I have acquired over the years.” 

Qualification review update

The hairdressing qualifications discussed in our workshops and surveys last year have been approved by NZQA. The next stage of the review will be the compilation of unit standards, which will be circulated for consultation.

Governance roles

Applications are open for council members of the Workforce Development Councils being set up as part of the Reform of Vocational Education. Expressions of Interest are invited from industry leaders with significant governance experience. Applications close April 16.

Workforce Development Councils WDC Council Members

100% Qualified 

“Such an amazing feeling holding your qualifications knowing just how hard you have worked to achieve this.”

Congratulations Alana Wall of Megan Nicole Hair Design, the latest winner of our 100% Qualified draw. To be in with a chance of winning a $50 Prezzy Card, share a picture of you with your qualification, trainer pin or window sticker and share it online. Don’t forget to include #nzhito or #hitograduate.


9th April 2021