When an apprentice has demonstrated all of the knowledge, skills, and behaviours that are associated with their standard, they will be ready for End-Point Assessment.
At this time, we hand the apprentice over to an independent End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) which has the job of assessing the apprentice’s level of competence and assigns them a grade, usually distinction, pass, merit or fail.
In order to achieve a rounded view of the apprentice, End Point Assessment usually involves two or three methods, each of which contributes to the final grade. For example, an exam or multiple-choice test, followed up by a work-based project, and then a professional discussion about what they have learned during their apprenticeship.
We work with and coach apprentices to be more comfortable writing reports and delivering presentations so that they are not as daunted at End-Point Assessment. Mock interviews check whether the apprentice is ready before they go to End-Point Assessment.
Some of the common assessment methods include:
This will involve the independent assessor observing the apprentice completing their normal duties in the workplace. The observation will also feature questioning that may take place during and following the observation.
Tests are included to predominantly assess an apprentice’s knowledge. This may be in the form of multiple choice, written response or a mixture of both.
A professional discussion is a two-way discussion between the assessor and the apprentice. It aims to assess the apprentice’s in-depth understanding of their work through a formal conversation. Often underpinned by the evidence in the portfolio, the apprentice will proactively contribute to the discussion to confirm their competency across the KSBs.
In this assessment method, the apprentice will respond to set questions that will assess competence against the KSBs. The assessor leads the interview to enable a structured assessment.
Presentation and Questioning
The apprentice will produce and deliver a presentation to the independent assessor on a particular topic. The presentation will then be followed by some questions for the apprentice to answer.
With a project, the apprentice completes a significant and defined piece of work. As part of this, they may also be required to produce a report or presentation to be submitted alongside the work products. The project may be a simulated exercise or could be a workplace project that meets the needs of the business. It may then be followed by questioning, discussion, or interview, depending on the standard.