End Point Assessment
Following the apprenticeship reforms announced in 2017, 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.
The NSAN End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) offers a nuclear specific and focussed approach that is fully aligned to Employer Trailblazer Group process and expectations. NSAN engages and works with a range of Professional Institutes (PIs) and Awarding Organisations to provide expertise in the methods of assessment used for EPA. By working closely with PIs, this also enables apprentices to consider membership of professional bodies to gain mentoring support for their future continuous professional development.
Employers should hold up to 20% of the apprentice’s funding to pay for the EPA., as specified in the assessment plan for the apprenticeship.
What is an End Point Assessment (EPA)?
The EPA is part of the most significant apprenticeship reforms in recent times, and constitutes a large part of the new Trailblazer approach.
The 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.
When does an apprentice undertake the EPA?
The EPA is completed once the apprenticeship training has been completed. It is a mandatory and 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 offering delivery of the EPA must follow the approved methods of assessment identified in the EPA Plan.
EPAOs are assessed for quality by a specified external body to ensure a consistent approach.
What is the cost of EPA?
The funding provided by Government for an apprenticeship is to help cover the cost of on-programme training delivered by a provider and EPA delivered by an EPAO. When the employer agrees the cost of an apprenticeship with a provider, up to 20% of the Government funding is held back to cover the cost of EPA. Once the cost of EPA has been agreed, the employer will advise their provider, and the provider is required to put in place contractual arrangements for the EPA delivery with the EPAO selected by the employer.
When should an employer select the EPAO for the EPA of an apprenticeship standard?
It is important that employers are familiar with the requirements of EPA when they decide on a particular apprenticeship standard they wish to use. By employers giving an EPAO early indication that they wish to use their services for EPA, this helps to ensure that the EPA can be planned and scheduled to meet the timescales required for the timely completion of an apprenticeship. This also helps the EPAO to forecast volumes of apprentices and the resource capability required.
What apprenticeship standards are covered by NSAN?
NSAN is committed to delivering an effective EPA service to the nuclear industry for the following standards:
For more information or to appoint NSAN EPAO for your EPA contact us via NuclearEPAO@nsan.co.uk