End-Point Assessment ensures that an apprentice has gained the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of their apprenticeship. But don’t think of it like a school exam, think of it as a way of providing a quality mark to the apprenticeship qualification that has just been studied.
End-Point Assessment has come about as apprenticeship standards have increased. These numbers will continue to rise due to the Government seeking to increase the number of apprenticeships being studied nationally by 2020. Employers typically develop apprenticeship programmes that are relevant and valid for the sector. This employer-led model ensures that the apprenticeship will be meaningful and benefit the apprentice. The apprenticeship standard includes your End-Point Assessment. The EPA acts as the ‘quality assurance’ mark of an apprenticeship.