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Keeping End Point Assessment on Track

To keep EPA on track we working flexibly with our EQA bodies and our customers to provide remote assessment opportunities where possible. This will enable apprentices to complete assessment remotely (even at home if required). We are now providing the ability for apprentices to complete exams, Professional Discussions, Portfolio Reviews, Presentations and Interviews remotely [...]

2020-04-02T10:07:55+01:002nd April 2020|Uncategorised|

OAL Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak, OAL will continue to follow the guidance as outlined by the UK Government and will review our approach on a daily basis. Currently we plan to operate as usual and will honour all existing EPA Bookings. Where requested and appropriate we are offering remote assessments if the [...]

2020-04-02T09:54:46+01:002nd April 2020|Uncategorised|

Training providers ‘feel inspired’ by OAL support

Employers’ EPA training providers report “feeling inspired” after receiving OAL support sessions. Oxfordshire based training provider Qube Learning particularly valued a session focusing on portfolios. Qube Learning’s Operations Manager Gayle Mansfield said: “I attended the session with little idea of what would be involved but left feeling inspired and a lot more prepared to [...]

2019-06-24T17:27:36+01:0027th June 2019|End-point assessment, Why OAL?|

Burnley College appreciated OAL’s constant contact

Constant contact with the OAL team was of “great significance” in facilitating the training provided by Burnley College to furniture manufacturer The Senator Group and bed maker Silentnight Group, as part of their Apprenticeship Furniture Standard. Burnley College Trainer Assessor Martin McDonagh-Kelly singled out close contact with OAL as making a pivotal contribution over [...]

2019-06-24T16:59:54+01:0018th June 2019|Apprenticeships, Furniture industry|

Occupational Assessment Tool helps apprenticeship planning

Matching the right person with the right apprenticeship has become easier and more effective for employers thanks to a new Occupational Assessment Tool (OAT), developed by OAL’s sister company the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink. The tool enables employers to measure candidates’ current level of skills, knowledge and behaviours compared with the [...]

2019-06-25T09:37:34+01:0010th June 2019|Support and guidance, Why OAL?|

WEBS Training achieves two EPA distinctions

WEBS Training Ltd has praised OAL’s guidance after the first two apprentices it trained achieved distinction grades in the Apprenticeship Furniture Standard. The company announced on its website: “Through hard work and dedication of all involved, we are proud to announce that the first two WEBS learners to go through the end point assessment [...]

2019-06-24T17:15:49+01:005th June 2019|End-point assessment|

The Senator Group valued OAL support

Furniture manufacturer The Senator Group also valued the support offered by OAL in guiding one of its apprentices who undertook an Apprenticeship programme for the Furniture Manufacturer Wood Machinist Standard. Lucy Woods, Group Training Officer at The Senator Group, said: “I would rate OAL’s support highly. OAL was the only provider who could act [...]

2019-06-24T17:17:16+01:0028th May 2019|End-point assessment, Why OAL?|

Single OAL contact paid off for Silentnight

One dedicated contact within OAL paid off for leading British bed manufacturer the Silentnight Group. The firm’s Training and Development Manager Julie Dix explained why the single contact made the EPA process straight forward and easy to navigate. “We received excellent support from Sue Morgan, OAL’s end-point assessment Delivery Manager. This was particularly important [...]

2019-06-24T17:18:47+01:0024th May 2019|End-point assessment, Why OAL?|