The End point Assessment – What is it and What’s the Value?


In this latest article, SRSCC explain just exactly what the end point assessment is, as well as the value it offers to student apprentices and their employers.

What is The End Point Assessment?

End Point Assessment is the final stage of an Apprenticeship which must be successfully passed to become certified.  EPA is the opportunity for the Apprentice to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that have learned and developed during the Apprenticeship and further demonstrating a full understanding of the occupational role.   

When can Apprentices Start their EPA?

Apprentices can only start EPA after they have completed the on programme learning and completed a gateway evaluation.  The evaluation assesses whether a learner has met all the knowledge, skills and behaviour element requirements of the apprenticeship standard.  It usually involves two elements, for instance, portfolio of evidence, online test, examinations, observations, project reports, professional discussions, presentations, and interviews.

How are EPAs Assessed?

End-point assessments are conducted by independent assessment organisations such as industry leaders, for example The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, Chartered Management Institute or recognised and respected assessment bodies such as City and Guilds and Pearsons. End point assessment organisations are responsible for ensuring that the EPA’s minimise bias, are manageable, reliable and valid.  They are responsible for clearly communicating the process and requirements, providing suitable toolkits to Training Providers and apprentices whilst also ensuring they remain fit for purpose.  They are required to work collaboratively with employers, apprentices and training providers and provide regular training and quality assure the delivery of EPA’s.

EPA Software

Many of these End Point Assessment Organisation use software that gives the Apprentice and Training Providers the benefit of a simplified and streamlined approach providing clarity and control, knowing exactly where each Apprentice is on their EPA journey. All end-point assessments are fully supported to improve the EPA experience.  Apprenticeship end point assessment guidance is provided by all end point assessment organisations upon registration for end point assessment.  Whilst on programme and during the end point assessment period Training Providers are instrumental in supporting the Apprentice to prepare for their final assessment. 

What if an Apprentice Fails the End Point Assessment?

If an Apprentice fails their end point assessment feedback will be given by the end point assessment organisation (EPAO) and the Training Provider will provide further support in preparing the Apprentice for their resit.

How do I Secure Funding for an EPA?

All apprenticeships and end point assessment are fully funded by the levy and there are many new apprenticeship standards that are being developed; so take full advantage of the exciting opportunities available.  A wide range of Apprenticeship Programmes available, from Health and Social Care, IT, Optician, Fish Monger, Procurement, Marketing, Business Administrator and Digital.

How Long do Apprenticeships Last?

The length of the apprenticeship programmes ranges from 1-5 years depending on the Apprenticeship.  The minimum duration of an apprenticeship is 12months and end point assessment usually range from 3-6 months.  There are many different learning options from day release to online learning ensuring a flexible approach.

For learners, the EPA showcases their newly acquired knowledge, skills and behaviours to their organisations.  EPA raises their profile within their business and accelerates promotion and career development opportunities whilst also gaining a recognised qualification. 

For the organisation, EPA’s that relate to a genuine business need to demonstrate a return on their investment in the apprentices’ development.  For instance, EPA often generates a need for a project that otherwise would not be undertaken.  Many apprentices implement their projects within their organisations and often increase efficiencies, reduce risk or reduce cost.  Completing an Apprenticeship and End Point Assessment ensures quality of training and assessment of Apprenticeship skills and knowledge to fully enable employees to reach occupational competencies.

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The End point Assessment – What is it and What’s the Value?
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Jen Shepherd

Admin and Customer Service Manager

Jenn completed her Apprenticeship in Business and Administration in 2008 and has since built upon a foundation of knowledge and skills in the administration and customer support areas.

Jenn has a degree, as well as a master’s degree, in English which have helped support her commitment to compliance and attention to detail.

Since returning to work from maternity leave in 2020, Jenn has worked in education settings and has an in-depth knowledge on Safeguarding and Child Protection, which she believes is a key part of all employees’ role when working with learners.

Outside of work, Jenn lives with her husband and two young daughters. She had her first book published in 2022 and advocates for the mental wellbeing of new parents.

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Michelle Whalley

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Michelle graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2003 with a BA(HONs) in Physical Education, Sport, Dance and English, with Qualified Teacher Status. Michelle now holds 20 years’ experience of working in education. Her experience to date is hugely diverse, with a love for learning and striving for excellence across all areas of her life developed from when she was a young girl, representing her country at Athletics. It was from this platform Michelle developed a disciplined approach to every tasks set of her. During her time in teaching, she has taught a wide range of subjects, been a pastoral leader, and led ITT programmes.

Michelle prides herself on her ability to get the best possible outcomes out of people. This has been proven not only in the time she’s spent in education, but also in the set up and running of her own business.

Working in a fast-paced environment, especially becoming a Head of Year as well as teaching has consistently challenged her and ensured she’s flexible and adaptable

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Lucy Eckersley

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After recently graduating university and achieving a first-class degree in Drama, Lucy wanted to apply her production management experience to an administration role in business. Having worked part time jobs as a waitress and office receptionist during her education, Lucy has good customer service skills and enjoys helping customers and clients by addressing their queries. Lucy is excited to be working at SRSCC and is keen to use her process driven way of working to increase the effectiveness of SRSCC’s administrative processes. In her free time, Lucy enjoys watching musicals and running. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, and loves going hiking from her caravan in the Yorkshire Dales.
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Tom graduated from Edgehill University in 2015 with a degree in Creative Writing. After Tom’s journey through university, he worked extensively within the Healthcare sector in mostly administrative roles. It was here that he found his natural organized and observant manner was best suited as it allowed him to understand how each work environment operated, and where processes, customer service and communication could be improved for the benefit of everyone. Throughout his working life, Tom has gained experience with varying mental health conditions and is passionate about advocating the importance of mental health support and well-being. He is currently looking into various volunteer schemes to help champion mental health awareness. Along with this, Tom is an avid writer and is usually working on a story or two and is passionate about learning more about all forms of creative media.
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Estelle Marsden

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Emma joined SRSCC in 2019 on a freelance basis taking on a teaching and learning consultancy role. She has 20 years of experience in education as a qualified teacher, working in adult learning, secondary and primary school settings in the UK as well as abroad, namely Japan, Hungary, and France. 

More recently Emma has been teaching yoga, resilience, and mindfulness in primary schools to promote the physical and mental well-being of both pupils and staff.

Being multi-lingual and having a zeal for communication, cultural exchange and life-long learning Emma jumped at the opportunity to join the company as a Course Mentor. Building a good rapport with her learners, supporting them to overcome any challenges on their apprentice journey and facilitating them to fulfil their potential is her motivation.

Cumbrian born and bred in the Lake District, Emma enjoys the outdoors. When not relaxing in tree pose, she is most at home trail running in the hills with her husband and dog. Having clocked up 4 marathons to date, the application of her long-distance running mindset of perseverance, determination, discipline and patience is key to supporting her learners in their studies.

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Ashlee Scribbins

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Declan Hemingway

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Declan recently graduated University studying BSc Business and Management with Marketing achieving a 2:1 and was looking for a role in Business Development to put his knowledge and education to the test.

He has a strong desire to grow the SRSCC brand and customer base. Working alongside our Business Development and Relationship Manager; he looks to strengthen both our Commercial and Apprenticeship learner portfolio by liaising with potential and existing learners through building customer relationships and understanding their requirements.