Jan. 12, 2022, 3:15 p.m.
The fundamentals of an apprenticeship is the mix between work and study. As an apprentice approaches the final stages of their training, they may be required to under-go an EPA, which is short for End-Point Assessment. This assessment will review whether an apprentice has developed the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the apprenticeship standard they’re completing. The assessment’s purpose is to show final evidence that the apprentice is competent at delivering their chosen apprenticeship role.
All End-Point Assessments have been formed by real employers within the sector or industry, meaning they aim to cover all bases of what the sector or industry deems to be essential skills, knowledge and behaviours of a competent individual.
End-Point Assessments are conducted by individual bodies, also known as EPAOs (End-Point Assessment Organisations). These organisations can either be Training Providers, Awarding Bodies or Professional Bodies, all of which will be required to be approved and registered by the Government. The main responsibilities of an EPAO can include: Designing and developing the content of an EPA, check and verify that the Apprentice has been full prepared for the EPA by completing essential elements of the standard or mandatory qualifications, conduct and quality assure the EPA, record the achievement of Apprentices who have passed their EPA, plus much more.
End-Point Assessments do come with a cost to the employer. If you’re a Non-Levy paying employer, you will have access to funding to cover the assessment costs (up to the funding band maximum). Alternatively, if you’re a Levy paying employer, you will be required to use your apprenticeship levy funds to cover all assessment costs.
Each apprenticeship includes an End-Point Assessment plan, which outlines the expectations for how the apprentice will meet the criteria for their chosen apprenticeship standard. This plan could include details regarding the methods that your apprentice will be assessed under. For example, a practical assessment or a deliverable such as a presentation.
There are a few duties that you as an employer can do to ensure your apprentice is fully prepared for their EPA. The Government have suggested the following:
- Ensure your apprentice knows who their EPAO is
- Ensure your apprentice engages with their EPAO to understand what is expected of them
work with the training provider to develop mock assessments
- Discuss assessment preparation with your apprentice during review meetings
provide study leave and support for assignments
- Set out targets that are clearly linked to the assessment requirements
provide feedback on formative assignments
- Ensure that reasonable adjustments are put in place for the assessment, where required
It’s also important that you recognise the actions that will follow after your apprentice has sat their End-Point Assessment.
- If your apprentice passes, they will be awarded the relevant certificate for their completion of the apprenticeship standard. In some cases, an apprentice will also receive professional recognition from an awarding body following the successful completion of their EPA.
- If your apprentice has failed, they will be required to re-sit the EPA and a supporting action plan which highlights the feedback from the Assessor.
- Keep in mind that your apprentice will not have the opportunity to re-sit the EPA if they have already passed, with the effort to increase their grade.
- If you feel you apprentice has done exceptionally well during their apprenticeship and has passed their EPA, you should also consider nominating them for the National Apprenticeship Award - https://appawards.co.uk/
If you have any questions regarding an End-Point Assessment, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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