Accelerate People is a registered apprenticeship assessment organisation (EPO 0475) that specialises in carrying out end-point assessment (EPA) for digital IT apprenticeship standards.
Our sole focus is on providing digital IT EPAs that are a true match for the growing expectations of employers, providers, and apprentices.
End-point Assessment – An explanation
In the last few months of an apprenticeship, it’s time for an apprentice to focus on their EPA.
Once they have completed all the outcomes set out within their apprenticeship standard, an apprentice’s evidence will be uploaded at EPA gateway to the selected EPA organisation (EPAO), typically this is done by a training provider.
The training provider and employer both have a shared responsibility to decide if an apprentice has demonstrated the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be competent in their job role and if they are ready for their EPA.
It is an apprentice’s employer, who has the final say on whether they feel they display occupational competence and are ready to complete their EPA.
We believe the EPA is an opportunity for an apprentice to showcase the skills, knowledge and behavioural attributes that they have developed during their apprenticeship.
Example Assessment Methods
A selection of an apprentice’s best pieces of evidence gathered during their apprenticeship, demonstrating how they have carried out real-work tasks mapped to the apprenticeship standard, which is submitted at gateway.
A two-way discussion underpinned by the portfolio follows, which involves both the independent assessor and the apprentice actively listening and participating in a formal conversation.
A work-based project designed to meet the needs of the business, delivering real business benefit; followed by a structured questioning session with an independent assessor on the submitted project. Apprentices may also be required to do a presentation on their project which forms part of their questioning session.
Apprentices will perform a series of tasks that have been designed to enable them to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours, whilst also providing the basis for any questions asked by the independent assessor.
A simulated assessment in a virtual lab environment where apprentices will perform a series of tasks that have been designed to enable them to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours, followed by a structured questioning session with an independent assessor on the simulated assessment.
A work-based project designed to meet the needs of the business, delivering real business benefit; followed by a practical assessment session with an independent assessor based on the project outputs.
An online exam consisting of long response questions, taken within the EPA.
Typically, older Standard versions have the following EPA components:
A selection of an apprentices best pieces of evidence gathered during their apprenticeship, demonstrating how they have carried out real-work tasks mapped to the Apprenticeship Standard.
A formal piece of evidence produced from the employer's perspective on how an apprentice has performed in applying their knowledge, skills and behaviours during real-work tasks, ideally linked to evidence submitted within the portfolio.
Both the Summative Portfolio & Employer Reference must be submitted before the Synoptic Project can be taken.
Is a project task, which ensures an apprentice can independently and competently complete tasks associated with their Apprenticeship Standard. It should take place away from their normal place of work in a controlled environment.
The interview cannot take place until this has been completed.
After all the other evidence has been submitted, the interview is conducted by an Independent Assessor and used to validate all the submitted evidence against the outcomes listed in the Apprenticeship Standard.
Apprentices will need a quiet area for the duration of the interview, and access to a web cam, an internet connection and be able to show photo ID.
This professional discussion lasts for approximately 1hr.
Our EPA Products
We create End-point Assessments for Digital IT Standards on request, our assessments are based on Employer and Training Provider feedback for more realistic work-related tasks.
- Level 7 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Data Specialist Apprenticeship
- Level 4 Business Analyst Apprenticeship
- Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist Apprenticeship
- Level 4 Data Analyst Apprenticeship
- Level 3 Data Technician Apprenticeship
- Level 4 DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship
- Level 3 Digital Marketer Apprenticeship
- Level 3 Digital Support Technician Apprenticeship
- Level 3 Information Communication Technician Apprenticeship
- Level 3 IT Technical Salesperson Apprenticeship
- Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship
- Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship
- Level 3 Software Development Technician Apprenticeship
For further information, please have a look at our policies. These include information on Safeguarding, Prevent and reasonable adjustments for End-point Assessment.
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