Over recent years, we have all watched the apprenticeship landscape change. At the NSAFD we have marvelled at–and championed–the vast amount of skill and effort which has gone into the development of specialist food and drink apprenticeship standards by the industry.
As time passed however, we became increasingly concerned that if one piece of the jigsaw didn’t fall into place our industry’s standards could be at risk. Concerned that due to the specialist and niche nature of many standards, no EPA organisation would see any commercial value in providing EPA for them. Thus rendering some standards unusable; leaving businesses and apprentices with no options.
What kept us awake at night was this:
We decided not to leave this to fate. We decided to do something about it; to support skills in the food and drink sector in the area we feared they might need it most.
In 2016, we acquired an awarding organisation, Occupational Awards Limited (OAL). We recruited a specialist food and drink team to OAL. And we ensured that one of their key objectives was to develop their capability and capacity to become an EPA organisation which could offer EPA for all apprenticeship standards relevant to the food and drink industry.
We are delighted to say that OAL is now in a position to do just that; to be your single EPA partner across all your food and drink apprenticeships.
At OAL we are driven to enable the industry to meet its apprenticeship targets and close critical skills gaps. Therefore, we have made a public commitment to ensure that the food and drink industry has all the apprenticeship qualification products and expert endpoint assessment services it needs to deliver success.
Since its acquisition the OAL team has been dedicated to ensuring that no matter how niche an apprenticeship standard may be, food and drink businesses can be confident there is an EPA organisation leading the way. We have the approvals, infrastructure, expertise and services to ensure your apprentices are set up for success at EPA.
We are approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) to deliver EPA services for 18 food and drink industry related standards:
We are working to add any remaining industry relevant standards to our approval. If your business needs EPA for a standard not listed, please get in touch.
Our EPA service combines the rigour, authority and expertise of an awarding organisation with the flexibility, efficiency and commercial awareness of a private business.
We have crafted an EPA service which will work seamlessly with your business, whilst also meeting the needs of your apprentices, your providers and the standards themselves.
We are happy to say that those using our standard EPA service can take advantage of the following at no additional cost, to ensure your apprentices are set up for success:
You can be assured that we are experts in the development and provision of assessment and that our EPA has been written in-house by our team of experts. You can also be assured that the EPA of your apprentices will be undertaken by high calibre food and drink industry professionals.
Many big name brands have already chosen OAL as their EPA partner.
To find out more about our service and how it could suit your business and your apprentices, please contact us or visit our website today.