End-Point Assessment taking a predominant place in this year’s National Apprenticeship Week

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End-Point Assessment taking a predominant place in this year’s National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week

Approximately 12 months ago, the Government launched its ‘Fire It Up’ campaign following a number of top firms, including the likes of Marks & Spencer and Lloyds Banking Group, taking on thousands of apprentices. Employers started to really realise the business benefits of enrolling staff (existing and new) onto apprenticeships, and how the Government’s new, apprenticeship standards, were driving up quality in the sector, having been designed by employers, to meet business demands.

However, it’s common knowledge that apprenticeship starts have decreased by at least 26% since the Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in April 2017, but Prepare to Achieve are optimistic that this year, employers, training providers and End-Point Assessment organisations (EPAO) will iron out the creases and work collaboratively to put apprenticeships back on the right track.

‘Look beyond’ is this year’s theme for National Apprenticeship Week, and young people are being called upon to ‘look beyond’ tradition routes into employment and explore career options in a range of different industries that are available to them through an apprenticeship. Meanwhile, employers are being urged to ‘look beyond’ traditional hiring routes and celebrate the value and positive impact that they have already seen as a result of hiring apprentices. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, parents and teachers are being asked to ‘look beyond’ old preconceptions around apprenticeships, building understanding of the true value they bring, and sharing this with young people.

Lee Evans, CEO of Prepare to Achieve said,

“As a business, we’ve always involved ourselves in National Apprenticeship Week in some shape or form, but this year it is even more important to join in the conversations and let our voice be heard throughout the week.

“Look beyond is the perfect theme, as we want to support employers and learners to look beyond the first stages of their apprenticeship programme, and discover more about the End-Point Assessment element and its many benefits. EPA adds a quality mark to the apprenticeship training, and is designed to ensure that the apprentice has gained the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of that apprenticeship. We think this National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity for employers, apprentices and training providers even to look beyond what they think they know, and explore this exciting new element of an apprenticeship.”

Showing their support for National Apprenticeship Week, the Prepare to Achieve team will be taking part in a question and answer session on Friday 7 February 2020 at 10am on Twitter. This will be a chance for apprentices, employers or parents to ask questions around EPA and how it will support apprentices to achieve a higher quality qualification, in comparison to the previous frameworks. Prepare to Achieve have also created a series of resources that are available for employers to download from their website, including Top Tips for EPA assessment methods, and animations to explain these methods and how to prepare for each assessment, helping to place EPA on the map in this year’s National Apprenticeship Week.

You can join in the conversation by tweeting at @Prepare_Achieve on Friday between 10am and 11am, and using the hashtag #AskAnEPAO.