All apprenticeship standards must contain an assessment plan and an End-Point Assessment (EPA).
- The assessment plan outlines how an apprentice can expect to be assessed against the apprenticeship standard, including what they need to have achieved to apply for their apprenticeship completion certificate.
It explains what will be assessed, how it will be assessed and who will conduct the assessment. A range of assessment methods can be used such as a viva, practical and/or knowledge assessments, observation of performance, presentations and completion of a work portfolio.
The apprenticeship assessment must:
- Have an independently assessed end–point assessment, carried out by an organisation on the government's Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations (EAL is on the register for a number of standards)
- Be graded eg pass, merit and distinction
- Deliver consistent, reliable and valid judgements
- Set out internal and external quality assurance processes
- All apprenticeships have training and assessment throughout the duration of the programme and all must now contain an end-point assessment (EPA).
This forms the final stage of the apprenticeship and is separate to any qualifications or other assessment that the apprentice may undertake during training. It is designed to assess whether an apprentice has met the requirements of the apprenticeship standard and is fully competent in their occupational role.
The end-point assessment must be conducted by a registered assessment organisation that is independent from the apprentice's training provider and/or employer, to ensure everyone following the same apprenticeship standard is assessed consistently.
Only organisations on the government's Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations are eligible to conduct the end-point assessment of apprentices. Employers can choose which organisation on the register to work with. EAL is on the register for a number of standards.
The end-point assessment is described in each apprenticeship standard's assessment plan.
- We are applying to offer end-point assessments for standards in our core sectors as they become available.
We are currently endorsed to deliver end-point assessment for dual fuel smart metering, project management and Level 2 rail engineering operative.
We are also running a pilot with IMechE to deliver end-point assessment for mechatronics (which is part of the Engineering Technician Level 3 standard), with a view to extending this service to cover other advanced manufacturing and engineering sector standards.
As the specialist awarding organisation for industry, we've been at the forefront of supporting employers to develop new apprenticeship standards at every stage, including assessment plan development. By choosing EAL as your apprentice assessment organisation you'll benefit from:
- Unrivalled support and expertise from end-point assessment experts who are time served in your occupational area.
- A wealth of expertise in quality assuring delivery and assessment, that builds on our unique understanding of employer skills needs in our core sectors.
- A flexible and responsive solutions-based service, with the first rate level of customer service that EAL is renowned for.
EAL’s End-Point Assessment Services
EAL is on the government’s approved register of End-Point Assessment Organisations. We are applying to offer EPA for standards in our core sectors as they become available.
We are currently endorsed to deliver EPA for Dual Fuel Smart Metering, Project Management and Level 2 Rail Engineering Operative. We’ve also joined forces with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to offer EPA services for advanced manufacturing and engineering apprenticeship standards, starting with a pilot for mechatronics (part of the Engineering Technician Level 3 standard).
EAL and IMechE's End-Point Assessment Services
- Together our service is based on trust, quality, support and expertise.
- Be reassured you are working with two established organisations offering a unique and specialist solution.
- Save time and money with our one-stop service - especially if you have an existing relationship with us via the Institution's Approved Schemes or work with an EAL Approved Centre.
- Receive high-quality resources and materials that support you through the entire EPA process.
- Provide a clear career progression route for your apprentices from EPA to professional registration to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
- Access the latest updates in industry technical standards and policy.
- Receive dedicated support and advice from our business teams who are always on hand to help you.
- Benefit from the combined engineering expertise of two driving forces in the sector.
- Receive a high level service from experienced sector assessors who will ensure your apprentices meet nationally and internationally recognised occupational standards.
- Each apprenticeship standard has its own assessment plan, which specifies the assessment methods that must be used. Assessment methods may vary. An example of the EPA process for mechatronics (Level 3 Engineering Technician Level 3) standard is shown below:
- Prices range from £1,700 to £2,700 per learner, depending on the service you choose. Volume discounts can also be negotiated.
- Employers and training organisations must decide together if the apprentice is ready for assessment by judging their learning and behaviours at the gateway stage, we can offer support with this if required.
- On completion of their apprenticeship, apprentices can apply for EngTech professional registration with the Institution, a globally recognised title which shows their skills and experience are of the highest standard and progress to IEng or CEng when they are ready. EngTech members receive a range of benefits, including support with their CPD.