COVID-19 Update July 2020

COVID-19 Update July 2020

How are Accelerate People prepared to conduct End-point Assessment (EPA)?

We are currently able to conduct EPAs remotely for all digital standards we are approved to assess and it is within our ethos to support remote working and learning. Having set up at the start of the pandemic, we were in the position to design our processes to support apprentices, employers and training providers in the current climate.

Calculated Functional Skills Qualifications

As of May 22nd, 2020 and during the Covid-19 crisis, The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA)are permitting the re-sequencing of the EPA process to enable gateway to be passed and EPA to be taken before the FSQ calculated result is received.

For further detail please visit the IfA website.

Knowledge Modules and / or Vendor Qualifications

NSAR (the digital EQA provider) has approved flexibility during this time to allow apprentices to pass Gateway without the evidence of achievement for Knowledge Modules and / or Vendor Qualifications, in order to allow apprentices to progress onto their End-point Assessment.

NSAR has approved this arrangement on the basis that before the final grade is awarded and the certificate requested the achievement of the KM and/or VQs is evidenced.

Apprenticeship Certification Address

A temporary flexibility has been introduced to allow apprenticeship certificates to be sent to the apprentice’s training provider address or to the apprentice themselves if the employer’s office is closed. The guidance from the government has been updated to reflect this temporary change, more information is available here.

Further updates and support for apprentices, employers and training

We will continue to engage with the EQA directly and any further updates will be published.  In the meantime we at Accelerate People are here to help so please do not hesitate to contact us: