End Point Assessment

Apprenticeship End Point Assessment

cHRysos HR is approved to offer End Point Assessment for:

  • Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor
  • Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager

The New Apprenticeship Arrangements

Under the new Apprenticeship Reforms, Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards are being developed with plans for up to 1000 Apprenticeships becoming available in the future. The new Apprenticeships will more readily meet the needs of employers and those completing an Apprenticeship; they will be more flexible, more effective and give the employer more control.

Key features of the new Apprenticeships are:                                                                                                            

Training and Learning

  • On-programme training and learning develops the Apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours which are set out in an Apprenticeship Standard.
  • Apprentices need to spend 20% of their contracted hours on off-the-job training.
  • Apprenticeship programmes are for a minimum of one year.
  • Programmes have review milestones to mark progression, along with on-programme assessment.
  • Each Apprenticeship has an Assessment Plan which determines how the Apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours will be assessed and confirmed at the end of their programme of learning - known as End Point Assessment.
  • Many Apprenticeships have no mandatory requirements for qualifications.
  • Apprenticeships require learners to develop Maths and English skills.

Gateway to End Point Assessment

  • The gateway refers to the point towards the end of the Apprenticeship programme where the employer and training provider ‘sign off’ the Apprentice as being ready for End Point Assessment and having achieved the level of knowledge, skills and behaviours for the Apprenticeship.
  • The approach to gateway is specified in the Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan but may include activities such as an interview or presentation, completion of a project or submission of a portfolio.

End Point Assessment

  • Until now, Apprenticeships have used continuous assessment leading to a qualification. This is no longer the case with the Trailblazer Apprenticeships and is a major change to the new arrangement.
  • At the end of their programme of learning, Apprentices undergo a summative End Point Assessment (EPA) carried out by an assessor from an EPA organisation.
  • The organisation and assessor carrying out the End Point Assessment will have to be independent of the training provider, the Apprentice and the Apprentice’s employer.
  • The requirements of the End Point Assessment are set out in the Apprenticeship Assessment Plan.
  • The apprentice is given a grade once the End Point Assessment is completed.

Certification

  • Certification of Apprentices will continue to be awarded by the Federation for Industry Skills and Standards (FISSS).
  • The organisation undertaking the End Point Assessment will apply to FISSS at the appropriate point for the Apprentice certification.

More about End Point Assessment

End Point Assessment is the main method of assessment for the new Trailblazer Apprenticeships. It allows much more of a focus on the learning experience for the Apprentice before they go on to be assessed.

Once an Apprentice reaches the end of their programme, they will be ‘signed off’ as ready for End Point Assessment by their employer (Gateway). The End-Point Assessment will then confirm if the Apprentice has the required knowledge, skills and behaviours specified in the standard for the Apprenticeship they have undertaken.

The assessment is taken independently of the training provider and the employer and the Assessor will not have had any part in the Apprentice’s training.

cHRysos HR is approved as an End-Point Assessor for:

  • Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship
  • Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship

 

Methods of End Point Assessment

The methods used in the End Point Assessment will depend on the occupation that the Apprenticeship sits within. It might include, for example, an interview, an assessed presentation with questions and answers or a test of some kind.

The requirements of the End Point Assessment are set out in the Assessment Plan. Follow the links below for the Assessment Plan for the:

Methods of assessing KNOWLEDGE

Methods of assessing
SKILLS

Methods of assessing BEHAVIOURS

  • Test or exam
  • Professional discussion
  • Project
  • Presentation
  • Interview
  • Portfolio assessment
  • Case study
  • Work-based project
  • Portfolio assessment
  • Case study
  • Observation
  • Practical test
  • Professional discussion
  • Demonstration
  • Work-based project
  • Portfolio assessment
  • Case study
  • Observation
  • Practical test
  • Interview
  • Professional discussion

The End Point Assessment methods specified in the Apprenticeship Standard for the Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship are:

  • Knowledge test
  • Structured competency based interview
  • Assessment of portfolio of evidence
  • Professional discussion relating to continuing professional development activity

The End Point Assessment methods specified in the Apprenticeship Standard for the Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship are:

  • Knowledge test
  • Structured competency based interview
  • Assessment of portfolio of evidence
  • Presentation of work based project consisting of:
    • Assessment of the work-based project produced by the Apprentice
    • 15 minutes presentation
    • Question and answer session
  • Professional discussion relating to continuing professional development activity

 

How Much Will End Point Assessment Cost?

The cost will depend on which Apprenticeship your employee has completed.

We will confirm the assessment with you and then cost it according to what is required by the appropriate Apprenticeship standard.

Sometimes the Apprenticeship Standard provides guidance on cost.

There is funding available for end-point assessment.

 

How will we work with Employers and Training Providers for End Point Assessment?

  • Once you have selected cHRysos HR as the End-Point Assessment Organisation for your Apprenticeship, we ask you to notify us as early as possible. We recommend that you make your selection at the beginning of the Apprenticeship programme and certainly in good time so that we can provide support for the Apprentice to prepare for End Point Assessment. We will provide sample assessments and diagnostics for you and your training provider to use throughout the training and learning activity so that your Apprentice is prepared for End Point Assessment and knows what will happen.
  • We will however remain independent of yourself and your training provider in the Apprenticeship delivery, including the training being delivered.
  • Once the ‘gateway’ has taken place, the End Point Assessment process begins.
  • You will need to ensure that the Apprentice has completed any requirements set out in the Apprenticeship Standard before the ‘gateway’ process takes place. This includes demonstrating the appropriate level of maths and English and the completion of any activities specified in the Assessment Plan, for example, the consultative project.
  • We will allocate an End Point Assessor to your learner. The Assessor’s role will be to manage the assessment process and make arrangements with yourself, your training provider and the Apprentice for the assessment to take place. The Apprenticeship Assessment Plan will determine what assessments are required, if they need to be done in a specific order and in a set timescale.
  • If your learner is not successful in passing the End Point Assessment, the Assessor will give feedback to the Apprentice, yourself and your training provider on the outcome and any additional training that is needed before the Apprentice can re-sit.
  • Once successful in completing the End Point Assessment, we will apply to FISS for certification of your Apprentice.

 

Finding out more

If you would like more information on our End Point Assessment service, or have any questions about the Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship or Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeships  that cHRysos HR are approved to undertake End Point Assessment for, please contact us by email: info@chrysos.org.uk or Tel: +44 (0)1302 802128.