Apprenticeships are a first-class way to start a career.
To gain the right level of training and competence for a specific job role, an Apprentice needs to follow the knowledge, skills and behaviour requirements for the role set out in the appropriate Apprenticeship Standard.
The Standards outline how an Apprentice can progress through their Apprenticeship. It highlights how the right levels of knowledge, skills and behaviours can be achieved through a range of workplace and formal off-the-job training.
Who wrote the Apprenticeship Standards?
The Apprenticeship Standards are written by the industry for the industry in line with the Apprenticeship reform programme.
Trailblazer Groups, made up of employers and sector organisations, have developed the Standards. They understand the skills needs of their industries and are best placed to write the occupational profiles to address any gaps. By boosting the skills of the workforce, Apprenticeships can help to improve economic growth and productivity.
The Apprenticeship Standards are designed to support and guide the Apprentice through their work-based learning journey and vary dependent on industry sector. Apprentices will benefit from constructive appraisals, the development of practical skills and knowledge, relevant competency-based qualifications, all complemented by off the job training designed to widen their industry experience.
The final stage of an Apprenticeship is End Point Assessment (EPA).
To successfully complete and be awarded with their Apprenticeship certificate, which proves they have achieved occupational competence in their role, the Apprentice must undertake a series of assessments.
For a full overview of all apprenticeship standards, click here.
What Lantra can offer as an End Point Assessment Organisation
At Lantra we truly believe in the value of occupational Apprenticeships and the role they play in providing land-based industries with the opportunity to train the next generation of skilled workers or upskill an existing workforce.
That is why we’re proud to be an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO).
Calling on our many years of experience and working with a wide range of employers and training providers, including some of the UK’s leading colleges, we’re providing essential levels of support and quality independent assessment of EPA.
We’re committed to quality and, committed to applying the highest standards throughout the Apprenticeship journey. Understanding the new Apprenticeship Standard is challenging for training providers, employers and Apprentices alike - so we hope our expertise will help make the EPA process as hassle-free as possible.
When is the Apprentice ready for EPA?
The EPA assesses the skills, knowledge and behaviours in a holistic way and judges whether the Apprentice is fully competent and can perform the role effectively.
Once an Apprentice can demonstrate they meet Apprenticeships Assessment Plan criteria, they are ready for End Point Assessment. Criteria includes Maths, English and on- programme mandatory qualifications or, competency-based training and evidence of work based practical skills and knowledge.
The Gateway is the door between the two core stages of the Apprenticeship – the on-programme development stage and the EPA stage.
The Apprentice is Gateway-ready once the employer, in conjunction with the Apprenticeship training provider, agrees they have reached the level of competence in their job role, as set out in the Standard, and is ready and able to prove it.
The Gateway mandatory requirements differ for each assessment plan. The training provider or employer must submit evidence to Lantra as the EPAO via the on-line system - ACE360, to enable Lantra to approve the evidence and schedule the EPA.
Independent End Point Assessors (IEPA)
The EPA is carried out by independent, impartial, industry specific/experienced, qualified assessors that have not been involved in the Apprentice's training. The IEPA will carry out assessments in line with the Standard and guidance from the EPAO.
EPA generally consists of two or more assessment methods and these are graded. The assessment methods vary for each standard but can include:
- Multiple choice knowledge tests
- Professional discussion or interviews
- Observations of practical tasks
- Practical demonstrations
Apprentices cannot achieve their Apprenticeship until they have achieved all elements of the EPA.
End Point Assessments offered by us:
We are currently approved through the Education & Skills Funding Agency to offer 18 End Point Assessments:
Why choose Lantra?
- Lantra specialises in supporting environmental and land-based industries
- We offer high quality and cost-effective EPA
- Our Assessors exceed the requirements of the assessment plan
- We offer our service across the whole of England
- We use ACE360 – an Apprenticeship Standards Managements System to manage EPA
- We're experts in the development and review of Apprenticeship Frameworks and National Occupational Standards
- With a 40-year history of delivering high quality; specialist support to the land-based industries is in our DNA.
If you have any questions or queries, please contact the Lantra EPA Team.