Why choose OAL for End Point Assessment?

We have:

  • High quality responsive and flexible assessment processes
  • An on-line EPA Live apprenticeship End Point Assessment portal
  • A bespoke booking and results system
  • Quick results feedback and flexible and responsive resit booking process
  • A very experienced and dedicated EPA team
  • Highly competent EPA Independent Assessors with up-to-date occupational knowledge and skills
  • Personalised account management
  • Detailed handbooks for the employer, trainer and apprentice that provide guidance and support for each stage of the process
  • High quality Gateway support materials – e.g. sample assessments and exam papers to help you prepare your apprentices to achieve
  • Supportive workshops for delivery teams and employer workshops
  • Face to face assessment and remote to meet our customer requirements
  • Good external quality assurance (EQA) audit results

Expert apprenticeship service, delivered by expert teams

As a multi-sector awarding organisation and end-point assessment organisation we are able to offer the qualifications and EPA services which support a vast array of industry apprenticeships. Our expert qualifications, assessment and apprenticeship teams are here to support you in bringing apprenticeships to life.

Everything you need to know about EPA

End-point assessment (EPA) is an holistic and independent assessment, designed to test whether an apprentice has gained the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the relevant standard, and it grades the apprentice according to their performance. EPA must be carried out by an end-point assessment organisation which is listed on the register of end-point assessment organisations.

An end-point assessment will consist of a number of elements that could include a combination of the following:

  • an observation
  • knowledge tests
  • a project
  • a presentation
  • a professional discussion
  • a portfolio.

The requirements of each end-point assessment will be set out in the assessment plan for the specific standard that the apprentice is undertaking.

It is important to realise that apprentices:

  • are not able to achieve an apprenticeship without satisfying all requirements in the
    assessment plan including EPA;
  • can fail and there is a limit to the number of re-sits

Further details about standards and their accompanying assessment plans can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-standards

EPA must be delivered by an independent end-point assessment organisation. An endpoint assessment organisation must be officially approved as such by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) on behalf of the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA).

As a centre, OAL will provide you with guidance around what is required for each end-point assessment. This will be contained within the learner handbook issued at the time of qualification registration. We will also produce end-point assessment guides for each of the standards to ensure that apprentices, providers and employers understand these requirements at the start of their programme. These will be available on our website.

Learners will then receive details of what will happen on the day of the assessment and in-depth assessment specifications once they have been registered onto the end-point assessment. This can’t take place until the apprentice has completed and produced evidence of the required components of the standard.

Approved EPA organisations will appear on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations, the link to this is below:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/register-of-apprentice-assessmentorganisations

Yes!

Over the last year we have been developing our capability to ensure that we are in a position to deliver a robust, quality and expert EPA service.

We are approved to deliver EPA for many standards – particularly those which support the food & drink and furniture manufacture and wood industries.

To find out which standards OAL offers EPA for, please visit www.oawards.co.uk/epa/

Apprentices get the opportunity to re-sit assessments should they fail. How many times an apprentice can re-sit is defined within the standard assessment plan and can differ. As a general rule apprentices will get at least one opportunity to re-sit an assessment.

All learners have the right to appeal an assessment decision. OAL has a published appeals policy, which is also within the learner handbook.

Simple. Become an approved centre

In order to access our qualifications and end-point assessment products and services you will first need to become an approved centre. Please complete the centre approval form on our work with us page.

Once you have successfully become a centre with us we will arrange a free advisory visit to support you in the implementation of the new products.

Our service combines the rigor, authority and expertise of an awarding organisation with the flexibility, efficiency and commercial awareness of a private commercial business.

Our EPA service is built around the core principles we use to run out awarding organisation business, meaning it is therefore based upon 5 key principles:

  1. Validity
  2. Robustness
  3. Expertise
  4. Quality
  5. Flexibility

We have therefore crafted an EPA service which will work as seamlessly as possible with your business, whilst also meeting the needs of your apprentice. Having listened to our customers and potential customers we are happy to say that those using our EPA service will be able to take advantage of the following:

  • a robust, effective and efficient end-point assessment service
  • unrivalled support from an expert industry team
  • high quality documentation to support employer, training provider and apprentice at every stage of the apprenticeship journey
  • a smooth transition between qualification achievement and EPA Page 3 of 6
  • independent end-point assessors – qualified, experienced and known within their field of expertise
  • flexible but rigorous assessments which can be tailored to meet the needs of your business
  • a seamless registration and booking service which will allow you to book assessments to fit in with your schedule

You can be assured that we are experts in the development and provision of assessment and that the EPA you access has been written in-house by our team of experts.

Your OAL team has come together to provide you with an expert service in every sense.

End-point assessment charges will be standard-specific, this is due to the differing nature of end-point assessment requirements within each apprenticeship standard.

Charges will be for an end-point assessment to achieve the standard, which may include 3 separate assessments i.e. knowledge, skills and behaviours. Charges will be inclusive of the learner registration, assessment and certification. Re-sits will be charged separately.

Please contact us to find out the prices for end-point assessment for the apprenticeship standard you are working with.

Specialist apprenticeship EPA

We are approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) to offer end-point assessment services for many apprenticeship standards across several sectors. Search the list of standards we are approved to deliver…

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What EPA support does OAL offer?

Expert Support

Expert support is available throughout the process to ensure that all parties: employer, provider and apprentice understand the requirements of EPA.

The apprentice and their journey is central to EPA@OAL so we have ensured that you and they feel supported during the delivery of their apprenticeship and not just at end-point assessment.

Support documentation

We have developed a raft of documentation to help guide and support you in preparing your apprentice for EPA. These documents include information on:

  • EPA requirements and guidance
  • Employer support
  • Preparation for EPA
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Additional support

OAL is proud to have an extensive support network and offers the following additional support to all its customers.

Introducing our products and services

We offer all customers free support in understanding our systems, training on the use of our portal and online testing platforms, overview of apprenticeships, our qualifications, EPA, contracting and understanding how to access the support at OAL.

EPA induction

Available to all EPA customers is the chance to have OAL support in the induction of apprentices to their apprenticeship programme. This typically forms a presentation to apprentices on the requirements of and preparation for EPA.

In-programme advisory support

Support for you to review the progress of the apprenticeship programme with a view on the progress of the apprenticeship, qualification and preparation for EPA.

Conferences, workshops and CPD events

OAL runs free events to support the implementation of apprenticeship standards and preparation for EPA. These are published on the OAL website and in our newsletter, so watch out for one which supports your programme.

Assessment, apprenticeship and qualification expertise

At OAL we have an enviable team of apprenticeship, qualifications and assessment experts. The team is always on hand to support you and your apprentices on all aspects of delivery, quality assurance, assessment and preparation for EPA.

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