End-point assessment (EPA) signifies one of the biggest apprenticeship reforms in recent times, and will constitute a large part of the new Trailblazer approach.
An EPA is a GCSE-style examination that offers confirmation of knowledge, skills and behaviours (known as KSBs) for a particular role once the apprenticeship raining has been completed.
So, how does an EPA work?
When an apprentice reaches the end of their training, the employer, training provider and EPA organisation will take the joint decision to proceed with the assessment.
Key points to note include:
• an apprentice can’t complete and achieve their apprenticeship without passing the end-point assessment
• the registered assessment organisation and the assessor must be independent of and separate from the training provider and the employer.
• the EPA organisation must be approved on the SFA’s register of apprenticeship assessment organisations
• end-point assessment is separate to any qualifications or other assessment an apprentice may undertake during training.
While the majority of assessments will be graded, it’s important to note that some exemptions may apply, subject to agreement being given during the approval process.
A grading system has many advantages for employers, enabling them to distinguish between pass, merit and distinction candidates whilst also motivating learners to aim high.
Employers get to choose which apprenticeship assessment organisation to use for EPA. They might decide based on the company’s reputation or their trust in the organisation helping their apprentice to learn and demonstrate the right knowledge, skills and behaviours
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