What’s involved in the development and delivery of end-point assessments?
29 November 2022
Anyone who recently, has been involved in apprenticeships, either employing one, training one or indeed have themselves been on an apprenticeship, will know that towards the end of the formal apprenticeship there's an end-point assessment (EPA) - but do you know just how much time and resource it takes to produce that EPA?
Our End-point Assessment Director, Debbie Tuisawau, explains a bit more about our approach and the teams involved.
In many cases, development and delivery of EPAs can take up to two years. This means that we must be confident that we have the necessary resource both internally and externally to develop high quality materials that give our apprentices the best opportunities to achieve and meet the requirements of our regulator and external quality assurers (EQAs).
When AIM decided to dip its toe in the EPA arena, we identified three key areas that would be needed to develop and deliver EPA. The areas are development, delivery and relationships. All teams are crucial to the success of our EPA and work closely together to achieve this.
The purpose of the development team is to develop materials including assessor/apprentice packs; templates; forms, scenario tests, MCTs. The team also review existing materials to ensure that employers, training providers, apprentices and our assessors have everything needed to ensure apprentices have the best chance of passing their EPA.
The purpose of this team is to ensure the delivery of our EPAs run smoothly. There are two teams that work in delivery. The first is the customer facing delivery team whose role it is to book assessments, offer guidance, support and training to apprentices, employers and training providers, review internal documents and certification.
The second is the Assessor Manager team whose primary focus is to recruit, train, standardise and manage our team of EPA assessors and IQAs. In addition, the team is involved in annual standard reviews and is on hand to answer queries, offer guidance and support assessors and IQAs.
The role of our relationship manager is to support and contribute to the overall growth of EPA services. To do this we attend meetings with trailblazer groups, employers and training providers, set up new contracts, promote AIM at various events and provide information to the Department for Education and Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE).
We work with a variety of employers and training providers and have a range of support materials and events to provide the best opportunity for apprentices to achieve their apprenticeship.