The Education and Training Foundation funded a project in which some apprentices took mock EPAs resulting in the following observations.
Observations from the project include:
Online marketing and induction materials and online individual learning plans (ILPs) can be more easily adapted to include information about the EPA. Apprentices should be encouraged to reflect on how the evidence of learning in their e-portfolio relates to what will be required for EPA.
‘I’m not sure if the process I went through is exactly the same as it will be finally, but the EPA is something that should be mentioned right at the start of the course so apprentices are aware what’s required for it. Employers should also be told what is required to make sure they give as much opportunity as possible to help the apprentice complete the necessary tasks. A course tutor should also spend some time with each person individually to draw their ideas together and make sure they fully understand what is required.’