Q What is an EPA?
Q What is the gateway?
A The gateway is a term used to describe that the apprentice is ready for end point assessment – that they are competent in their job and that apprentice, employer and training provider are confident that they can pass the EPA. Additionally, they need to have met any requirements set out in the standard and assessment plan, including achieving the current minimum government English and maths requirements:
- for level 2 apprenticeships: level 1 English and maths and take the test for level 2 prior to taking their end-point assessment
- for level 3 to 7 apprenticeships: achieve level 2 English and maths prior to taking their end-point assessment.
Q I’m a training provider interested in working with AIM on EPAs, what should I do?
A If you’d like us to work with you and your apprentices’ employer(s) to deliver the end-point assessment for your apprentices, please contact us at email@example.com We will arrange a phone call to discuss all aspects of the EPA and the employment context of your apprentices which we will follow with a quote for our fees. If you, on behalf of the employer(s), decide to register your apprentices with us, we’ll issue you with our standard contract. We will then issue an apprentice guide, an employer guide and the training provider guide, plus a set of sample assessments that you can use to inform training and use to judge how ready for gateway the apprentices are. We will work with you to schedule assessments. Once your apprentices are ready, you’ll complete the gateway form and pay the fee. Once the assessments are completed, we’ll issue a statement of achievement to each apprentice, inform their employer and provider of results and final grades to the ESFA for certification.
Q Does my organisation need to become an AIM approved centre in order to use your end-point assessment service?
Q What is the cost of becoming an approved AIM centre to deliver optional apprenticeship qualifications?
Q How much do you charge for your EPA service?
A Our fees are based on a per apprentice basis and are individual to each standard. More information can be found on our resources webpage.
Q What notice do you require in order to carry out EPA?
Q How do re-sits/re-takes work?
A There is a difference between a re-sit and a re-take. A re-sit means that the apprentice has partially failed the EPA and they may re-sit a paper within the same assessment schedule. Should an apprentice fail all components of the EPA there is an expectation that additional learning would need to take place before re-assessment. You should consult each standard’s assessment plan for full details and contact us if there are mitigating circumstances. We also have a policy on reasonable adjustments. We charge an additional fee for re-sits and any re-marking. Please see our additional charges list.
Q Can we use our own team of assessors?
A No. The EPA must be undertaken by an EPAO and by assessors who have taken no part in the delivery of the apprentice’s training programme prior to gateway.
Q How are end-point assessments graded?
A Each standard’s assessment plan has its own grading criteria. In addition to pass and fail, there may be additional grades of merit and/or distinction. It should be recognised that pass confers full occupational competence, additional grades give an apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate a higher level of achievement.