End-point assessments for the creative and cultural industries

Publishing Assistant EPA

Front cover of handbookThe Publishing Assistant EPA is the end-point assessment for this level 3 standard. Publishing Assistants provide support for specific areas across all key parts of the publishing process from the conception of book, digital product, journal or other product (such as educational resources), through to the production, in a variety of paper and digital formats, and then to support the sales, marketing and publicity processes. Publishing Assistants will usually be involved with aspects of publishing which include editorial, marketing, sales, publicity, production, rights or digital. They will have an awareness or skills which stretch across the publishing process particularly in smaller organisations. They will typically report to an editorial manager and are involved with editing, proof reading and briefing external stakeholders about their work and the work of colleagues.

In different organisations the job title may vary and may include editorial assistant, marketing assistant, publicity assistant, production assistant, rights assistant, contracts assistant.

Gateway requirements

  • Completion of a portfolio
  • Level 2 English and Maths

Assessment methods

  • Project and presentation: During the first two months of the EPA period, the apprentice will produce a written workplace project and develop a presentation based on the outcomes of that project both of which will be marked by our assessor. We hold a bank of project titles from which the apprentice and employer can choose. An example is ‘How the Publishing Journey Works for Content Here’.
  • Professional discussion: A two- part discussion with our assessor, each part lasting 75 minutes and supported by the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence. As there are often terminology differences between employers, even in the same publishing sub-sector, the apprentice’s employer will attend in order to support the process. The employer will not play any role in the assessment.

Indicative duration of assessment

Maximum three month period. The project and presentation should be completed within the first two months of the EPA period. The written project, between 1,100 and 1,200 words with a maximum of  six pages, should take between 18 to 20 hours to complete. The presentation development should take between eight hours and no longer than 10 hours to complete.

Find out more

See the the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website
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