If you’re an Assessor with candidates that have their End-Point Assessment coming up, then you’ve come to the right place. The run-up to the End-Point Assessment (EPA) will be the most stressful time for your Apprentice, so they’re going to need all the support and help from you that they can get. To help you out, we’ve written up our top tips for preparing your apprentice for the End-Point Assessment.
What Is The End-Point Assessment?
The EPA is a variety of Assessments that takes place at the end of an Apprenticeship. The Apprentice cannot gain their qualification without passing the EPA. Whilst this sounds pretty straightforward, it’s very stressful for the Apprentice, as their final grade will rely on it. Not only this, but the EPA has to be delivered by an independent registered Apprentice Assessment Organisation (RAAO). In any event, it cannot be delivered by the training provider or employer. This means that all parties have to work together to make sure their Apprentice passes the EPA. Otherwise, the employers will have to pay for retests – and nobody wants that.
How Can I Prepare My Apprentice?
Make sure that your candidate practices with a variety of Assessments on the run up to their EPA. Each Apprenticeship Standard will have its own Assessment plan for the EPA. The Assessment plan will show which assessment methods need to be used. Therefore, you’ll be able to prepare your candidate with the relevant assessment methods. From the Assessment plan, you’ll know which KSBs (Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours) will be looked at in the EPA. Keeping track of your candidate’s work throughout their Apprenticeship will give you an idea of their strengths and weaknesses. Which brings me to my next tip…
An E-Portfolio is an electronic portfolio. With an E-Portfolio, you will be able to track your candidate’s progress online and send assignments via the E-Portfolio system. This makes the whole training process much easier to manage. Not to mention employers can also track their apprentice’s progression throughout the course. By keeping track, employers can ensure their Apprentice isn’t scheduled to sit the EPA before they’re ready. Plus, you’ll also have clear evidence of learning and a full audit trail available at any time.
Communicate with the Employer
The EPA has completely changed how apprentices are assessed. You’ll have to work closely with employers to make sure your apprentice is ready and has all the KSBs necessary. It is important that everyone is on the same page in regards to the Apprentice’s progress. Communicating with the employer is a key part of preparing your candidate for their EPA. They may be entered in the EPA when they aren’t ready.
Alternatively, if you have any other questions related to the EPA, we wrote a blog on End-Point Assessment FAQ. So have a look there to see if we can answer any questions you might have!