Welding and Engineering End Point Assessment (EPA)
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End Point Assessment
There are currently two types of apprenticeships available, the new apprenticeship standard and the existing apprenticeship framework. Apprenticeship frameworks are work-related vocational and/or professional qualifications with ongoing or continuous assessments. In 2012, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills deemed the frameworks to be unfit for industry employers. The government plans for the apprentice reform to gradually phase out framework apprentices, with the aim of a complete phase out of frameworks by 2020.
Apprenticeships have evolved.
Standard based apprentices must undergo an independent assessment at the end of their training to confirm that they have achieved occupational competence.
This is the ‘End point Assessment’.
Who conducts the End Point Assessment?
Only an approved End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) can conduct the EPA. The EPAO must undergo thorough checks to gain approval to become an EPAO from the Education & Skills Funding Association (ESFA). LG RWC Ltd have been approved by the ESFA to deliver End Point Assessments.
How the Assessment Work
The end point assessment organisation uses the following methods to ensure that the knowledge, skills and behaviours mapped out in the standards are met:
- Work Observations
- Practical Demonstrations
- Project / Presentation demonstrations
- Discussions / Interviews
Single Point of Contact EPAO
We aim to eliminate the need for multiple EPAO’s for engineering disciplines and offer EPA for
- General Welder, Arc processes (ST0349) – Level 2 APPROVED
- Pipe Welder, (ST0851) – Level 3 APPROVED
- Plate Welder (ST0852) – level 3 APPROVED
- Metal Fabricator (ST0607) – Level 3 APPROVED
- Structural Steelwork Fabricator (ST0099) – Level 2
- Engineering Construction Pipefitter (ST0162) – Level 3
- Engineering Operative (ST0537) – level 2
- Engineering Fitter (ST0432) – Level 3