End Point Assessments are a key element of Apprenticeship Standards and test the knowledge, skills and behaviours your apprentice has developed over the duration of their programme. Apprentices are assessed against the standard at the end of their programme by an approved End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), receiving a grade reflecting their competence and knowledge developed throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship.
Unlike previous ‘Frameworks’ where the apprentice is assessed continually throughout their apprenticeship, the focus is on the accumulation of these skills and knowledge and the overall outcome of the journey. More information on the differences between ‘Frameworks’ and ‘Standards’ can be found here.
What is my responsibility?
Only approved End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAO’s) can carry out End Point Assessments and with support from your training provider, you will need to find a suitable organisation to do so. In addition to this, your responsibility as an employer is to track the progress of your apprentice and ensure they are prepared for the EPA. This can be achieved by holding regular reviews with the apprentice with input from the training provider, helping to identify strengths and areas of weakness. It is also recommended to engage with the chosen EPAO as early into the apprenticeship programme as possible to keep up to date with any changes or developments to the assessment plan. Agreeing a date for the End Point Assessment at least three months in advance will also allow the apprentice time to suitably prepare.
How much does the EPA Cost?
The cost of the EPA will be negotiated between you as the employer and the training provider but cannot exceed more than 20% of the overall funding band for the apprenticeship standard. The cost for re-sitting any part of the EPA lies with the employer, therefore it is vital the apprentice is provided with as much support as possible before taking the assessment.
What is the process?
Every apprentice must go through the same process when taking their End Point Assessment: