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The move to End Point Assessments raises a lot of questions when it comes to running apprenticeships. This introduction aims to address your concerns and give you a solid overview on how EPA affects your business.
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What is End Point Assessment (EPA)?
So, first things first – what is End Point Assessment, and how does it affect you?
Apprenticeships in England have changed. Frameworks, the outgoing model of apprenticeships, have been replaced with Standards. This new model requires an apprentice to pass a series of assessments at the end of their training to prove their capability. This process is End Point Assessment (EPA).
EPA allows your apprentice to show their aptitude and skill across several disciplines. These assessments can be role-specific or more academic in nature.
The forms of assessment can include:
- An on-site observation of the apprentice’s performance in the work place
- A ‘professional discussion’ between the apprentice and the assessor
- A multiple-choice exam
- Presentation of a subject-related business project
What is an EPAO?
Training an apprentice requires you to work with two distinct organisations: A Training Provider, which handles the day-to-day training delivery, and an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), which assesses your apprentice at the end of their training.
The EPAO and the Training Provider must be 100% independent to ensure that the learner’s grading is fair and consistent. We recommend that you select your EPAO first. While an EPAO cannot suggest a Training Provider to work with, they can point you in the right direction.
To make the most of your training, it’s important to determine whether your EPAO wants to support your apprentice for the duration. An EPAO that simply turns up at the end of the process to fill out a checkbox may not be the most efficient solution in the long run.
What is EPA Gateway?
EPA takes place in the last 2-3 months of the apprenticeship. Once you, your apprentice and the Training Provider agree, the learner will take Gateway. This is a pre-assessment benchmark that ensures the apprentice has the skills and knowledge required by the Standard.
Once Gateway has been met, your EPAO can arrange for your apprentice to take their final assessments.
As EPAO, Instructus Skills provide an exclusive Gateway Preparation tool. This tool tracks your apprentice’s skills against the Standard, giving you a clear view on what they know, where they need to improve, and whether they’re ready to pass EPA first time.
With Instructus Skills you can count on assessment that meets the needs of the Standard and the reality of your business. We provide the tools and knowledge to run efficient apprenticeship training, giving you more time to focus on doing what you do best.
Take a look at Our Standards and find out how we can help your business with apprenticeships.