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Apprenticeship Reforms

Apprenticeship standards are replacing SASE apprenticeship frameworks, as part of wider apprenticeship reform across England. 

New apprenticeship standards, developed by groups of employers (known as trailblazers), are being launched and replacing the old frameworks, which are all expected to be switched off by 2020.

These changes are accompanied by major apprenticeship funding reform, with the introduction of the apprenticeship levy from April 2017.

EAL’s Role in the Development of New Apprenticeship Standards

EAL has been at the heart of new standard development, supporting 45 employer trailblazer groups for key industry occupations since 2013, when the reforms began.

With our long-standing tradition of being closer to industry and designing qualifications that reflect this close partnership, EAL is perfectly positioned to guide the employer development groups’ work. Our expertise, knowledge and support ensures the new standards meet the needs of all employers, from SMEs to multinationals, and provide learners with the best possible start to their careers.

We have been actively involved in developing new standards for the following industries:

Advanced manufacturing and Engineering                        Aerospace
Automotive Composites
Electrotechnical Maritime defence
Project management Plumbing and domestic heating
Rail Welding

With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy from April, EAL is ensuring that employers in the industries we support will be able to get the very best return on their investment in apprenticeship standards.

If you would like to find out more about how EAL could support you to develop new apprenticeship standards, please email or call 01923 652400.

End-Point Assessment (EPA)

All apprenticeships have training and assessment throughout the duration of the programme and all must now contain an end-point assessment.

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 Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAo) are eligible to conduct the end-point assessment of apprentices. Employers can choose which organisation on the register to work with.

The end-point assessment is described in each apprenticeship standard’s assessment plan.

Apprenticeship Standard Assessment Plan

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 Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAo)
• Be graded eg pass, merit and distinction
• Deliver consistent, reliable and valid judgements
• Set out internal and external quality assurance processes

What Apprenticeship Standards Have Been Developed?

More standards are being continually launched as the programme of reform progresses. 

See a full list of standards being developed here:

EAL’s End-Point Assessment Service

EAL has been approved to feature on the Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAo). We are applying to offer end-point assessments for standards in our core sectors as they become available, and will publish them on this page once they are announced.

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.