With End Point Assessment one of the hot topics of the moment we thought it would be useful to put it in the spotlight and provide a clear overview of what it is, what is required of you as an organisation and how to get things moving...
What is EPA?
- EPA is a holistic and independent assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours which have been learnt throughout an apprenticeship standard
- Apprentices are not able to achieve an apprenticeship without satisfying all requirements in the assessment plan including EPA
- It must be independent
- It is graded
- Learners can fail (and there is a limit to the number of re-sits)
- Carried out by an Apprentice Assessment Organisation on the RoAAO
What are your contractual Obligations:
- Appoint an Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO
- Agree fees with the AAO
- Ensure there is a written agreement with the AAO and your provider(s)
- It would be sensible to have written evidence of the agreed AAO and fees
- Agree with the training provider what role you will play and what role they will play
- Sign off the ‘gateway evidence’ with the training provider before EPA can take place
The training provider
- Hold a written agreement with the appointed AAO
- Pay the AAO in line with the agreed price
- Carry out the duties as agreed with you
- Meet the terms and conditions of the AAO
- Operate within the funding rules
- Agree fees with you
- Contract with your training providers – either through a tri-party agreement or direct
- Provide EPA products and services that meet the requirements of the apprenticeship standard assessment plan
- Meet the conditions of approval and external quality assurance
- Carry out EPA
- Moderate and issue results, submit data for certification
Management of the programme - who is responsible?
- You and your training provider(s)
- The AAO isn’t responsible for any part of programme management or delivery - our only job is to provide EPA
- EPA will be a timely exercise and will no doubt cause disruption to daily operations
- It is important to consider where the EPA is to be carried out;
- Most standards require EPA to be carried out at the company premises however it is possible for some standards for the EPA to be carried out at a facility
- Also consider where in the site EPA will be carried out, which room(s), which line
- You will need to consider who is going to book EPA – you? your sites? your training provider(s)? the apprentice?
- Think carefully about the timing of your EPA – groups, individual, block sessions
- Think about the learners and which environment they will flourish in
- Colleagues and managers need to be aware that EPA is a formal assessment and disruption to their EPA will be unfair
- Do you want the training provider involved if so how? Will they be there to support the apprentice before and after? Or run a revision session before?
What should your expectations be of an apprentice assessment organisation
- They are on the register of apprentice assessment organisations
- They have expertise in assessment development and practice
- Have extensive industry expertise and can provide expert and independent apprentice assessors
- Commitment to support the learner and NOT try to ‘catch them out’
- Provide support and documentation throughout the delivery of the programme and not just at the end
- Be upfront about costs, processes, policies
- Be flexible and tailored where possible
Success and Failure!
Did you know that….
- Results will be published against the provider and the employer
- Success rates will have an impact on the training provider(s)
- Your brand and reputation will be in the limelight
- You may be subject to audit and public reports
- Results could affect the relationship with your provider(s)
- Will the learner still have a job if they fail? If so how do other learners feel about that?
- What happens if there are large numbers that fail?
If you need help and support in identifying and engaging with an AAO contact us and we will be delighted to assist you...