End Point Assessment
All apprenticeship standards require End Point Assessment (EPA) to confirm that an apprentice has achieved the occupational competence set out in the standard. This EPA must be carried out by an independent organisation that is registered on the Government’s Register of End Point Assessment Organisations.
For over a decade NSAN has been at the forefront of skills for the nuclear industry. Through our dedicated service to the nuclear sector, we have developed an expertise and relationship with employers and providers which is second to none.
NSAN successfully deliver a specialist EPA service providing tailored EPA for three specific nuclear standards. NSAN engages and works with Professional Institutes (PIs) and Awarding Organisations to provide expertise in the methods of assessment used for EPA. Working closely with PIs also enables apprentices to consider membership of professional bodies to gain mentoring support for their future continuous professional development.
What is End Point Assessment (EPA)?
EPA is designed to confirm that an apprentice has gained the required knowledge, skills and behaviours for a particular occupation and can perform the occupational role. It is carried out once the apprenticeship training is completed and is a mandatory final step before an apprenticeship certificate can be issued. Before EPA begins the employer confirms the apprentice's readiness, based on specified criteria.
Is the EPA the same for all apprenticeship standards?
The format of the EPA varies between standards. The Employer Trailblazer Group that develops a particular standard and EPA Plan determines the best methods of assessment to use to confirm occupational competence. The EPAO must develop their own detailed method materials aligning exactly to those identified in the EPA Plan.
All EPAOs are assessed for quality by a specified external body to ensure a consistent approach.
What is the cost of EPA?
The exact cost of the EPA differs for each standard and is decided between the employer and the EPAO, but this never exceeds 20% of the Government funding provided for the apprenticeship.
When should an employer select the EPAO?
As early as possible. By employers giving an EPAO early indication that they wish to use their services for EPA it helps ensure the EPA can be planned and scheduled to meet the desired timescales, as the EPAO can then accurately forecast the resource capability required.
Which apprenticeship standards are covered by NSAN?
NSAN delivers an effective EPA service to the nuclear industry for the following standards:
For more information or to appoint NSAN for your EPA contact us: NuclearEPAO@nsan.co.uk