Welcome to End-Point Assessment with Training Qualifications UK. Here you can discover a treasure trove of information which can help you, the apprentice, on your journey through your apprenticeship and beyond. Here we hope you can start to find out a little more about End-Point Assessment with TQUK.

Your apprenticeship journey will take you to meadows far and wide and by the end you’ll be diligently buzzing about in your new role and on the path to success.

So how does it work?

End-point assessment (EPA) is probably one of the biggest apprenticeship reforms in recent times, and will work hand in hand with the new Trailblazer apprenticeships.

The new trailblazer model consists of two components:

Standard: Each standard details the requirements for the successful achievement of the apprenticeship which generally includes knowledge, skills and behavioural criteria. In addition to this criteria, the standard will contain other mandatory content which could include a relevant industry-based qualification, along with recognised maths and English qualifications (e.g. functional skills).

Assessment Plan: Every published standard will be accompanied by a more detailed assessment plan. This document details the requirement for the delivery, assessment and quality assurance of that standard.

Let’s break this down, an EPA is an assessment process that offers confirmation of knowledge, skills and behaviours (known as KSBs) for a particular job role once the apprenticeship training has been completed.

When an apprentice reaches the end of their training, the employer, training provider and EPA organisation will make the joint decision to initiate the assessment process. This occurs in what is called the Gateway meeting.

Things to note:

In order to complete and achieve an apprenticeship, the apprentice must pass an end-point assessment.

The End-Point Assessment Organisations (EPAO) and the assessor must be completely independent of and separate from the training provider and the employer.

The EPA organisation must be approved by the Skills Funding Agency and on the Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations.

During the training of an apprenticeship, the end-point assessment is completely separate to any qualifications or other assessment procedures.

All of the assessment components within each apprenticeship standard will be graded through the EPA process individually.

The grading system will be specified within each apprenticeship standard, with apprentices able to achieve either a pass or distinction in all apprenticeship standards whilst some also utilise the merit grade as well.

Assessment Planning

The manner of conducting end-point assessments will also be developed and outlined by each Trailblazer group once the standard has been approved. Here, when choosing the criteria, employers will be able to decide how to test for each learning outcome and criteria within their specific industry parameters – this is one of the main drivers behind the apprenticeship reform.

Trailblazer groups are free to select and assign a range of methods to the apprenticeship, such as examinations, interviews, observations and professional assignments, the assessment plan must achieve four key objectives:

Explanations as to what will be assessed – i.e. the skills, knowledge and behaviours listed within the standard.

Explanations as to how the apprentice will be assessed, outlining the proposed methods.

An indication as to who will carry out the assessment and who will make the final decision on competency and grading.

Proposal of quality assurance measures to ensure the assessment is reliable and consistent across different locations, employers and training and assessment organisations.

 

In Summary

The EPA is not a qualification in its own right, but an independent assessment of an individual apprentice’s standard of work and competence towards the end of their learning. An end-point assessment will be conducted by an independent, experienced and qualified third-party assessor who has not been involved in the learner’s training.

Once the assessment process is completed, the assessor will judge as to whether the learner meets the criteria established by the employers as part of each apprenticeship standard’s assessment plan.

Want to know more about the end-point assessment process? Contact the TQUK team by dropping us an email at epa@tquk.org or alternatively, give us a call on 03333 583 344.

How TQUK Can Help You

The new apprenticeship standards are designed to improve upon what’s gone before and help with the apprentice’s initial journey into their chosen career, before you know it, they’ll be on the road to success.

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