At Lantra, we believe passionately in the value of apprenticeships and the role they play in providing land-based industries with the next generation of skilled workers.

We’re committed to ensuring quality standards are adopted across the full apprenticeship journey, so the needs of both leaners and employers are always met.

That’s why we’re now involved as an End Point Assessment Organisation.

Calling upon our many years of specialist experience, we’re now working with apprenticeship providers, including some of the UK’s leading colleges, to deliver the levels of support and independent assessment this important role dictates.

What is End Point Assessment?

The government has recently redesigned apprenticeship standards in England. One of the main changes is the introduction of End Point Assessment (EPA).

EPA is the final stage that a learner must undertake before they can complete their apprenticeship. This applies to England only and doesn’t apply to the SASE frameworks, which will continue as normal.

Successful completion of an EPA indicates that an apprentice has achieved occupational competence. It isn’t a qualification, but rather an independent assessment of an apprentice’s standard of work and competence.

An apprenticeship certificate will only be awarded after EPA has been successfully completed. 

Who carries it out?

EPA is conducted by an independent, experienced and qualified third party assessor who has not been involved with the learner’s training. The independent assessor will judge whether or not the learner has met the assessment criteria for the apprenticeship standard.

What methods of assessment are used?

EPA consists of two or more methods of assessment – all of which are graded.

The methods of assessment for each apprenticeship can include:

  • Multiple choice tests
  • Professional interview/discussion with an assessor
  • Observation of a practical task
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Projects
  • Presentations.

Why is it important?

Learners cannot achieve their apprenticeship until they have passed all the elements of the EPA. EPA gives employers confidence that their apprentices have the requisite skills, knowledge and behaviours for their occupation.

 

As an employer, what do I need to do?

It’s your decision to put an apprentice forward for EPA once you’re confident that they are ready. You must sign off your apprentice to undertake EPA.

What does signing off mean?

Signing off indicates that the employer and training provider believe that the apprentice has the knowledge, skills and behaviours at the level required to obtain the apprenticeship, and have achieved all mandatory on-programme training and qualifications. This includes English and Maths at the levels set by the apprenticeship standard.
 

What next?

You’ll need to select an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) to conduct the EPA. You must register the apprentice with the EPAO and request an EPA reservation. The EPA is normally booked by the training provider who contracts with the EPAO on the employer’s behalf.

To register a learner, or for further information, please email apprenticeships@lantra.co.uk.

What does Lantra have to do with EPA?

Lantra is looking to become an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) in all areas of the land-based and environmental sector, initially focusing on:

  • Arborist (Level 2)
  • Forest Operative (Level 2)
  • Golf Greenkeeper (Level 2)
  • Horticulture/Landscape Operative (Level 2)
  • Land-based Engineering Service Engineering Technician (Level 3)
  • Sports Turf Operative (Level 2)
  • Highways Electrical Maintenance and Installation Operative (Level 2)
  • Highway Electrical Services Operative (Level 3).

Where can I find out more about these apprenticeships?

EPA documents for each apprenticeship standard can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships website. The apprenticeship standards listed below are approved and EPA in progress:

Lantra is currently in partnership with Land Based Assessment Limited (LBAL) to deliver EPA to their members.

However, we are more than happy to welcome other training providers and employers to come on board too.

Why choose Lantra?

  • We are specialists in environmental and land-based industries
  • We offer good value and cost effective EPA
  • Our assessors meet and exceed the requirement of the assessment plan
  • We offer our service across the whole of England
  • We use ACE360 - an apprenticeship standards management system - to manage EPA
  • We are experts in the delivery of Apprenticeship Frameworks and National Occupational Standards
  • With a 40 year history, delivering high quality, specialist support to the land-based industries is in our DNA.

Funding band information

More information about the funding bands for apprenticeship standards can be found here on the government website.