Apprenticeship toolkit

What do providers and employers need to know about end point assessment (EPA)?

The Education and Training Foundation funded a project in which some apprentices took mock EPAs.

The findings, with potential roles for digital technology

It is important to involve all key players, including employers, in preparation for EPA:

“It is vitally important the candidate, the training provider and the employer know exactly what is required from the EPA– down to the last detail. All parties need to think how an end-point project will demonstrate ALL the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.”

(Apprenticeship standards – mock end point assessment project (AOC, July 2016:page 13))

Potential roles for digital technology include: Online access to handbooks and guidance on collecting evidence for EPA if required; e-bulletins and web conferencing to ensure everyone is fully prepared

Apprentices need clear information about EPA from the start of their apprenticeships, including what happens after the EPA, and how they will be graded.

Potential roles for digital technology include: Online access to handbooks, timing plans and other guidance on EPA in support of face-to-face induction

Apprentices find mocks help them build a wider knowledge base and gain confidence before entering the Gateway.

Potential roles for digital technology include: Logistical issues may mean that some aspects of EPA are rehearsed in digital environments

A project plan before beginning an assessed project ensures that it covers the skills, knowledge and behaviours required by the standard.

Potential roles for digital technology include: Online templates mean that everyone has access to good planning tools

Assessors need access to clear information on marking and grading while completing an assessment.

Potential roles for digital technology include: Transparent, online access to rubrics, grade descriptions and infringement policies benefits everyone