Employers and Learning Providers - Find out what your role is in the End Point Assessment (EPA) component of the New Apprenticeship Standards (NAS).
List of Apprenticeship Standards for which the IET is registered to deliver the End Point Assessment
End Point Assessment Registration Number: EPA0055
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As part of the UK Government’s reform, existing apprenticeships will be replaced by new employer-led Apprenticeship Standards. Created by groups of employers known as Trailblazers, the new Standards provide structure to apprenticeships so that they are high-quality, rigorous and develop apprentices to meet employers’ needs.
Apprentices under the new Standards must undergo an EPA, which may include a Professional Engineering Competence Assessment.
The IET is a Registered Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation responsible for ensuring a rigorous EPA process and for carrying out Professional Engineering Competence Assessments.
With our experience in assessing professional registration applications and accrediting apprenticeships, we are well placed to support EPA and help uphold the quality of the new Standards.
The EPA is the final synoptic assessment for an apprenticeship.
The apprenticeship grading assessment is based upon:
- a portfolio of evidence and qualifications
- an Occupational Competence Validation Interview (Viva)
- an assessment of Professional Competence against the Engineering Council’s UK Standard for Professional
Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).
If you chose the IET as your assessment organisation, you will need to register your apprentice(s) with us at least 12 months before the EPA.
Ideally this should happen at the start of the apprenticeship.
When your apprentice has completed all of the on-programme training, experiential and knowledge based learning,they will be ready for the final stage of the apprenticeship - the End Point Assessment.
You will need to refer to the gateway criteria in the Apprenticeship Standard and confirm that the apprentice has met them, before contacting us to conduct the EPA.
Before the EPA properly starts, the apprentice completes two forms:
The End Point Assessment has two parts:
The employer carries out the Occupational Competence Interview in-house. Interviewers will be technical experts in the apprenticeship field, but must not have taken part in the delivery of the apprenticeship or the direct management of the apprentice.
They will seek to confirm that the knowledge, skills and behaviours listed in the Apprenticeship Standard and the Occupational Competence Interview (Viva) Recording Form have been acquired. They will do this through a review of evidence referenced in the portfolio referenced list.
Interviewers will also explore five areas:
- Application of Skills and Knowledge.
- Personal Commitment and Self Discipline.
- Organisational Quality and Compliance.
- Working with Others
- Professional Development
They will then complete a report of the interview and send it to the IET, along with the apprentice’s UK-SPEC Indicator Recording Form.
At least two professionally registered and trained assessors at the IET will review the apprentice’s UK-SPEC Indicator Recording Form and the employer’s interview report. The assessors will be looking for sufficient, valid and reliable evidence that satisfies the professional competence requirements.
The IET will carry out quality assurance of the whole EPA process by:
- Holding and maintaining a register of employer-designated technical experts, who are approved to undertake the
Occupational Competence Validation Interview.
- Training the employer-designated technical experts.
- Providing guidance to apprentices on gathering professional competence evidence.
- Supplying the Occupational Competence Interview (Viva) Recording Form and supporting guidance.
- Supplying the Professional Competence Indicators Recording Form and supporting guidance.
- Monitoring the performance of IET assessors who review professional competence.
In addition, the Engineering Council will provide external quality assurance of the IET’s processes. It is also responsible for setting and upholding the standards for professional registration.