What is EPA?
End-Point Assessment (EPA) is the final stage of an apprenticeship. All apprentices will need to undertake EPA to achieve their apprenticeship.
In 2015, the government introduced new Apprenticeship Standards written by employers to replace the old Apprenticeship Frameworks. These new standards were created to ensure that apprentices are trained in the skills, knowledge, and behaviours that the respective industry needs. As part of the Government’s Apprenticeship Reforms, formal assessments now take place at the end of the apprenticeship programme.
EPA is an assessment of whether an apprentice has developed the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) outlined in their apprenticeship standard. Each EPA plan clearly details what the EPA looks like, who is involved, the assessment methods that are required, and the amount of time required to complete the assessments.
ELS has been approved by Ofqual and the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) for a range of EPA’s, across 30 standards and 8 industry sectors. We provide very detailed guides to support our apprentices throughout the EPA process.
How does EPA work?
When an Apprenticeship Standard is approved for delivery, it is published alongside an Assessment Plan. Each Apprenticeship Standard has its own Assessment Plan, which outlines the assessment methods and activities that must be utilised and when they should be conducted.
Assessment Plans focus on the knowledge, skills and behaviours (the ‘KSBs’) that an apprentice will have learned during their training. The apprentice is assessed against the KSBs using a variety of assessment activities and methods including examinations (knowledge tests), assignments, projects, interviews or on-the-job observations.