How does endpoint assessment work?
- The end point assessment organisation must be approved on the Skills Funding Agency register of apprenticeships assessment organisations (RoAAO).
- The endpoint assessment organisation must be impartial independent and separate from the training provider and employer.
- End point assessment is separate to any qualifications or other assessments an apprentice may undertake during training.
- When an apprentice reaches the end of their training, the employer, training provider and endpoint assessment organisation will take the joint decision to proceed with the assessment.
- An apprentice cannot complete and achieve their apprenticeship without passing the endpoint assessment.
- Endpoint assessments will have a grading attached to them. A grading system has many advantages for employers and apprentices enabling them to distinguish between pass, merit and distinction, and encouraging learners to aim for high standards.
- Endpoint assessments could be met by a range of methods, such as examinations, observations, interviews and assignments.
During this process the following should be explained:
What will be assessed e.g. Knowledge, skills and behaviours listed within the standards.
How will the apprentice be assessed e.g. who will carry out the assessment and who makes the final decision on compliancy and grading.
How will quality assurance be met e.g. to ensure that the assessment is reliable and consistent across different locations, employers, training and assessment organisations.
What does this mean for training providers and employers?
Employers will need to decide if they want their chosen training providers to source or recommend an EPAO or if the employer wants to choose one their selves.
Training providers will need to work with EPAO to ensure that their delivery and content of the apprenticeship matches what is expected of the learners at EPA stage.
Training providers and EPAOs will both need to consider the cost of EPA to ensure that the amount of money drawn down is sufficient to cover the training and assessment.
Both training providers and employers need to ensure their learners are fully prepared for EPA to avoid unnecessary resit costs, negative experiences for learners and the impact of non-timely achievements under Ofsted inspections.