All apprentices must undertake an independent end-point assessment, which is a synoptic assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that have been learnt throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are occupationally competent.
It is taken by apprentices at the very end of the on-programme phase of training when their employer (and in some cases their training provider) is satisfied that they have met the “gateway” criteria to undertake the assessment. End-point-assessments are graded and an apprenticeship certificate is only awarded after end-point assessment is successfully completed.
End-Point Assessment (EPA) must be administered by an assessor from an approved, independent End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), and not by the training provider who works with the employer during the on-programme part of the apprenticeship. End-point Assessment Organisations must be on the Register of End-point Assessment Organisations. UCLan has applied to become an End-point Assessment Organisation.
There are many possible elements to an End-Point Assessment, which are clearly stated in the assessment plan that accompanies each standard. For example, an apprentice may be required to undertake an online multiple-choice assignment, an interview with an experienced practitioner, be observed making a product or repairing a defective piece of equipment or solving work-place problem scenarios. Sometimes apprentices must submit a diary of work that they have completed, a portfolio record of their work projects or prepare a presentation showcase of their work to a panel of experts. The assessments chosen reflect the type of work undertaken and can simulate what happens in the workplace.