The introduction of End Point Assessments (EPAs) is one of the most significant upcoming
changes to apprenticeships. This is a new way of quality assuring the apprenticeship
system and it provides a much more holistic approach to assessing apprentices’
competence. They will be used to formally sign off an apprentices’ achievement.
These are also written by the trailblazer groups.
When the training provider and employer are both satisifed that a learner has
completed their apprenticeship, they will sign them off as being ready for their
EPA. The EPA will check that the apprentice is fully competent and productive
in their chosen job role.
The assesment methods used in the EPA will vary depending on the
standard in question, but will assess the knowledge and practical competence
of the apprentice. This could include such elements as:
The cost of an EPA will vary and depend on the particular
assessments being used. Currently it is expected the cost
will be 10-20% of the overall cost of the standard, to be
paid to the EPA by the training provider.