APPRENTICE FLEXIBILITIES & TEMPORARY DISCRETIONS - CHANGES FROM 1 APRIL 22
Important changes are being made to the way end-point assessment (EPA) will be delivered from the 1st April based on the Government’s announcement of a move to the Covid-19 Plan A. click here to see which standards are affected and how.
WHAT IS THE PLANNING MEETING?
The planning meeting is a phone call between the apprentice, their line manager and an Innovate Representative from our central bookings team. This call lasts no more than 30 minutes and is when the End-point Assessment components will be scheduled. This is also an opportunity to ask questions and ensure that everything is clear before the assessments begin.
WHAT IS THE COST OF END-POINT ASSESSMENT (EPA) WITH INNOVATE AWARDING?
Our End-point Assessment prices can be found on our price list, which also includes our re-take price list.
DO INNOVATE CHARGE FOR REGISTRATION OF APPRENTICES FOR END-POINT ASSESSMENT?
There is no up-front registration fee for End-point Assessment. We encourage early registration to enable us to prepare for your apprentices.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR RETAKES?
We offer one free re-take for all multiple-choice tests. All other component assessments charges can be found in our EPA price list.
HOW DO I BECOME AN END-POINT ASSESSOR WITH IAO?
Visit the work for us page of our website.
WHAT SUPPORT MATERIAL DOES IAO HAVE AVAILABLE FOR TRAINING PROVIDERS, EMPLOYERS AND APPRENTICES?
Innovate Awarding have a wide range of support materials available for each standard we are approved to deliver End-point Assessment for. These include Assessment Specifications, Apprentice Journeys, Apprentice Assessment Guidance, Mock Tests, Grading Guidance, Templates, Exemplars and Videos. All support materials come at no extra cost and can be accessed through EPA Pro.
WHAT SYSTEM DO YOU USE FOR END-POINT ASSESSMENT?
Innovate Awarding use EPA Pro.
WHAT IS THE APPROVAL PROCESS TO WORK WITH INNOVATE AWARDING FOR END-POINT ASSESSMENT FOR EPA?
Our first step is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to agree costs and estimated annual volumes. We will then set you up on EPA Pro and provide the training you need to register your apprentices and begin using our resources.
AT WHAT POINT DO WE NEED TO DECIDE OUR EPA?
EPA organisation should be named at start of the apprenticeship but can be changed at any time.
WHAT ROLE WILL ESFA PLAY IN EPA?
Certificates for standards will be issued by the ESFA.
HOW WILL APPRENTICES BE CERTIFICATED?
Final certification will be from the ESFA once Innovate Awarding have notified them of apprenticeship completion. Innovate Awarding also provide records of component achievement for all component assessments taken as part of the End-point Assessment process.
WHAT REPORTS CAN BE RUN FROM EPA PRO?
There is a range of reports available to access on EPA Pro such as apprentice details, completed gateways, assessment component results and overall certifications. We offer training for the use of this functionality.
WHAT IS THE ELECTRONIC PLATFORM THAT RUNS THE ONLINE TESTING?
BTL Surpass - Secure Client.
HOW DO WE BOOK IN ASSESSMENTS?
Assessments are scheduled at a planning meeting, run with our central bookings team following gateway completion.
ARE QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AS PART OF THE STANDARDS?
Some employer groups have identified qualifications that are required to be taken during the on-programme training for certain standards. These are either mandatory or recommended but would have to be completed prior to the End-point Assessment.
WILL IT BE THE SAME END-POINT ASSESSOR FOR ALL OF THE ASSESSMENTS FOR EACH APPRENTICE?
Yes, the aim is that the same assessor will be responsible for all the assessments for the apprentice.
DO THE APPRENTICES GET THE CERTIFICATE SENT TO THEIR ADDRESS, OR DOES THIS GO THE TRAINING PROVIDER/ EMPLOYER?
Certificates will be sent to the employer as listed on the apprentice's profile in EPA Pro, by recorded delivery from the ESFA.
DO WE NEED A MINIMUM NUMBER OF APPRENTICES TO WORK WITH INNOVATE FOR EPA?
No, there is no minimum number of apprentices and there is no penalty if apprentice volumes do not align with indicative numbers provided.
IF AN APPRENTICE FAILS THE ASSESSMENT, HOW DO THEY RETAKE?
Any re-takes are scheduled directly with the End-point Assessor in line with Innovate Awarding guidance.
WHO INVIGILATES ON-SCREEN TESTS?
Tests can be invigilated by any suitable individual as identified by the Training Provider, as long as Innovate Awarding guidance is followed. We would prefer this is not the apprentice's line manager or someone involved directly in the training of the apprentice.