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 or from home. We are following the IFATE and Ofqual guidance to support this.
For some standards face-to-face assessment is unavoidable. Carrying these out may cause concern around cross-infection and would contravene government guidance. As a result of this, and to reduce the likelihood of contamination we are recommending that no on-site assessments will take place for at least the next three weeks until we get further guidance from the government.
If you have apprentices that have already entered Gateway and they require an observation or remote assessment is not suitable for them, the EPA window can be extended for a further 12 weeks. If you have apprentices going through the Gateway over the next few weeks please still book them on our system and we will arrange for these to take place as soon as site visits are allowed again by the government.
We will continue to work with the Department for Education and Skills, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, Ofqual and other regulators to identify any suitable alternative assessment methods and review our position. Please discuss this with us so we can proactively and collaboratively work with you during this challenging time.
Support and Communication
We know that you will have a lot of specific questions, which relate to your apprentices and the situations you might be encountering. To help with this we have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to set your mind at ease and to support you at this challenging time. These can be found below:
As you are aware, this is a constantly evolving situation and we will continue to change and adapt our approach in line with the latest guidance and communicate this to you as soon as we can. Government advice is changing daily and we are constantly being updated on the latest guidance through IFATE and the various EQA bodies we work with. We will try our best to keep you as informed as soon as possible so please read and check our regular updates.
We recognise these are extraordinary times for all of us. We want to assure you that we are doing all that we can to still provide a high level of quality service to you and your apprentices at this difficult time.
Our EPA Live team are still here to provide you with front line support, through telephone discussions, remote webinar training and development sessions and email. Please contact them during our core office hours 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am – 4.30pm Friday.