What is end-point assessment?

Posted on Jun 28, 2019

End-point assessment (EPA) is one of the biggest changes from the apprenticeship reforms. All learners now have to complete an end-point assessment in order to complete their course, rather than being continually assessed throughout.

Based on skills, knowledge and behaviours, EPA is designed to test the learner against the apprenticeship standard and grade their performance – it is the final assessment to ensure that they are competent at the job they have been training to do. To remove any bias, government legislation states that an EPA must be carried out by an independent body; this means it cannot be carried out by the employer or the training provider.

Janeen Nevison, Head of Levy Services at Learning Curve Group, said: “The introduction of the end-point assessment has been a huge change to apprenticeships, but has been a positive one for the learners that we work with. We’ve had some fantastic success stories from our learners who have completed to date.

“It’s important to embrace changes, and we’ve seen learners really thrive having the end-point assessment as a goal to work towards. We’re looking forward to seeing more learners complete their EPA and are hoping for even more distinctions.”

End-point assessment aims to ensure quality, as learners have to show that they have retained the knowledge they have learned over the course of their programme. Previous to EPA, learners were assessed unit by unit, which didn’t necessarily gauge whether any knowledge had been embedded.

Sector Specialist Trainer at Learning Curve Group, Jonathon Hargreaves, said: “The process of EPA makes the apprenticeship infinitely more robust as a qualification. The new standards are more flexible as opposed to the frameworks, and it gives the tutor an opportunity to teach rather than just tick boxes.”

One of our learners, Sophie Dalgarno – who was on an HR Support Level 3 apprenticeship programme at BePro – passed her EPA with a distinction and has since gone on to gain full-time employment in a higher position.“My whole apprenticeship journey was a positive one. I was so happy when I found out I had achieved a distinction in my end-point assessment,” said Sophie, “I found the EPA process simple. As I was doing a CIPD qualification alongside my apprenticeship, my EPA took the form of an assignment. I did a 3,000 word written piece which was similar to a dissertation. I’ve learnt skills for life and have really matured throughout my apprenticeship.”

End-point assessments form part of the new apprenticeship standards. For more information on end-point assessment and how apprenticeships can transform your organisation, please contact us.

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