Throughout the COVID period, Training Qualifications UK has continued to work actively with the IfATE, Ofqual, the Hair Professional Employer Group, as well as the other relevant End-Point Assessment Organisations, to review EPA and agree on how assessments can take place safely, where possible. In the most recent weeks, discussions have focused on understanding if any further flexibilities to those already published could be approved.
Yesterday, 17th March 2021, the IfATE published an update on their website to confirm that additional flexibilities have been approved. Their statement can be found here.
We remain active in working with the above-named parties to work through and agree the detail of these flexibilities and how they could be applied. We are committed to keeping you as up to date as possible, and as such, further communication will follow next week.
The key message at this stage is that we remain active in taking EPA bookings from 14th April and these updates are not expected to impact this. We hope to confirm the finer details next week, including which Apprentices these additional flexibilities may be applicable to.