Supply Chain is at the heart of every business – it is a system of organisations, people, activities, information and resources involved in moving products or services from supplier to customer. It may include the transformation of natural resources, raw materials and components into a finished product.
Effective and dynamic supply chains are particularly important in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors, for example food & drink, retail or consumables, where products have one or more of the following characteristics: high volume, fast turnover and frequently purchased. FMCG have a short shelf life, either as a result of high consumer demand or because the product deteriorates rapidly. In contrast, durable goods or major appliances such as kitchen appliances are generally replaced over a period of several years. Supply chain functions include procurement, forecasting, planning manufacture, customer service and logistics.
What are the requirements for EPA?
The award of the apprenticeship certificate will signify recognition of competence in the role. Apprentices will typically spend 30 months working towards the apprenticeship standard, with the end-point assessment completed in the final 12 weeks.
Performance in the end-point assessment will determine the apprenticeship grade of fail, pass or distinction.
Prior to the end-point assessment, apprentices will undertake a structured period of on-programme training to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the standard. Apprentices without English and maths at level 2 must achieve this level prior to taking their end-point assessment.
To achieve final certification, the apprentice must have completed and achieved a minimum of a pass in each end-point assessment component. A pass in the end-point assessment will demonstrate that the apprentice can apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the standard. Apprentices achieving a distinction will be demonstrating performance above the requirements of the standard.
End-point assessment grading
Each component of the end-point assessment is individually marked and awarded a fail, pass or distinction based on the guidance given in this assessment plan.
To achieve a pass overall the candidate must achieve a minimum of a pass in the end-point assessment components: knowledge test, workplace project and presentation and professional dialogue and interview.
In order to achieve a distinction, candidates are required to achieve a distinction in the workplace project & presentation and at least one of the other assessment components.
Supply Chain Practice (FMCG) Level 3 qualification
The OAL qualification portfolio includes Supply Chain Practice (FMCG) Level 3.