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&#39Hairbrained&#39 plan for training

A plan by the Training Standards Council which could see hairdressersand chefs become IFAs has received widespread condemnation.

The unlikely scenario is one consequence of moves to put all publicly funded qualifications into a single NVQ framework. Any vocational qualification would be eligible to be included in the framework.

The move would allow credits obtained in one profession to be used to gain accreditation in another. The plan is part of the FSA&#39s drive to raisethe standard of exams for IFAs. There will be three levels within the NVQ framework. It also aims to increase transferability between jobs.

FSA head of training David Jackman says: “There will be a system of credits for hairdressers who want to become IFAs.”

London restaurateur Stefano Francioso, a managing partner at Linda&#39s restaurant in Soho, and a former fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing says: “How can the syllabuses possibly relate? I don&#39t see that the skills are transferable. I could not let an IFA in my kitchen as I would have to teach him everything.”

London hairdresser Staffords Project II Stylists manager Mark Smith says: “I don&#39t think professions are transferable. That&#39s rubbish. I would not let an IFA cut hair in my salon any more than I would let a butcher.”

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