Have an unanswered question regarding EPA in general, the processes involved or anything in between? Hopefully you will be able to find the answer within our FAQ section below. If you are still unable to find the answer you are looking for, you can drop us an email at email@example.com or give us a call on 03333 583 344
Quite simply the old Apprenticeship frameworks have been replaced by the new Apprenticeship standards. The new model sees the loss of frameworks and, in large, the loss of qualifications. Instead, standards have been produced by employer groups (Trailblazers) who have collectively outlined what they believe are essential skills, knowledge and behaviours needed in order to deem someone competent in any given job role. Qualifications have remained in a small number of standards and are mandatory to be completed, but the vast majority of these are optional.
The price of any EPA will be determined primarily by the elements which make up that assessment, as determined by the assessment plan set out by the trailblazer group. For example, some standards require apprentices to undertake lengthy observations which will invariably cost more than the delivery of an online situational question paper. TQUK is absolutely committed to keeping the costs of end-point assessment as low as possible and any savings that we make will be passed onto you. We are always exploring different ways to embrace technology and deliver assessments which will reduce overheads for us and cost to you. If you have any ideas that you would like to share with us then please get in touch. Our fees are outlined on our EPA Fees page or they can be found on the relevant Apprenticeship Standard Factsheet. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further clarification.
Our end-point assessment service includes everything that the learner, employer and training provider might need in order to successfully move through an apprenticeship programme. Our training packs include study tips and hints, revision guides, self-assessment forms, gateway checklists and guidance on what to expect during each assessment stage.
A number of factors will be considered when negotiating costs. These will include the number of learners, timescale for delivery, facilities available and possibly location if the assessment includes an observation. Please contact email@example.com.
There will be a small fee upon registration (25% of overall price; fees are outlined in our EPA fees document), this sum can be used towards your next group is an apprentice withdraws from the apprenticeship.* This will give the learner, training centre and the employer access to our EPA management suite and access to a variety of materials and resources to help them through to the end-point assessment phase. The remaining 75% of the fee will be payable upon passing through the gateway and into the end-point assessment process.*Any transferable registration fees can only be reapplied to the same standard as the original booking.
There will be one free resit for multiple-choice tests. All other observation and discussion-based element assessments that need to be retaken will be charged at a set rate based on the structure and the assessment type. Please refer to the apprenticeship standard to clarify resit procedures as they vary from standard to standard.
We are in the process of establishing the recruitment of end-point assessors. If you are interested in becoming an end-point assessor please upload your CV and fill out our assessor interest form here.
Apprentice support packs and employer support packs are currently in development for all of the standards which we have been approved for and will be launched as soon as possible. All support materials will be accessible through our brand new EPA management suite software. These will include templates and checklists for gateway, mock tests and more.
We are currently developing a fully integrated End-Point Assessment management suite designed to be used by the apprentice, the training centre and the employer. Here you will be able to manage the whole apprenticeship process from initial assessment right through to end-point assessment and certification.
We are using pioneering software to deliver the situational tests which mean we can do so with only 24 hours notice. For any observations within the apprenticeship end-point assessment, the notice time is 7 days. All timings, however, are subject to change.
Should an apprentice fail one assessment activity this should be retaken as soon as the apprentice is ready and when practicable for the business. Should they fail two or more activities a period of further training and development lasting between one and three months must take place before a resit. When retaking an assessment activity the maximum grade that can be achieved for that activity is a pass. However please be aware that some standards have their own rules surrounding the process of resits, please refer to the apprenticeship standard for further clarification.
In this instance, we would ask that you refer to the full apprenticeship standard for guidance as the conditions behind failing an apprenticeship overall are different depending on the standard. In some instances, the apprentice will be able to retake individual elements from within the end-point assessment again as a resit.
This depends upon the type of assessment. Some elements can be taken in the apprentice's work place, at home, via Skype or in designated TQUK 'test centres'. There are a number of these sites registered up and down the country. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find your nearest centre. For large groups of apprentices from the same employer we are happy to make alternative arrangements and will work with you to accommodate.
One to one; we believe that it would be possible to do group assessments but we value each apprentice as an individual and we aim to treat them as such with a one to one end-point assessment process
No, training centres do not need to become an approved centre with TQUK. However this process is free of charge if you only want to work with us to offer end-point assessment. When you become an approved EPA centre with TQUK, you will be issued with a 'TQUK EPA approved' logo for use on your website/materials.
Final certification will be from the Skills Funding Agency once the AAO (TQUK) has notified them of apprenticeship completion. We can also provide e-certificates for all element assessments taken as part of the end-point assessment process as an additional service.
Each standard has its own specific requirement for Maths and English. Please refer to the apprenticeship standard or our factsheet for more information on functional skills requirements.
Some employer groups have identified qualifications that are either required or recommended to be taken during the on-programme training for certain standards. These would have to be completed prior to the end-point assessment process and presented to us at gateway before the apprentice undertakes end-point assessment. TQUK offers many of the regulated qualifications that are included in the standards and can offer attractive price points to centres wishing to use us to offer the qualifications and end-point assessment.
Yes, the aim is that wherever possible the same assessor will be responsible for all the assessments for the apprentice.
Yes, all prices set by TQUK will include fees charged by the External Quality Assurance organisation. Our EPA offering presents you with absolutely no hidden fees.
Certificates will be sent to the employer by recorded delivery from the Skills Funding Agency.
Yes, but they vary from standard to standard. You will be able to find a grading matrix on each of the apprenticeship standard factsheets located on the TQUK website. However, when retaking an assessment activity the maximum grade that can be achieved for that activity is a pass
We've tried to cover as many questions as possible, but if you haven't managed to find the answer you are looking for or you would like further information on any of the points above, please get in touch using our contact form here.