It has been announced today that the flexibilities that were introduced on over 100 apprenticeship standards to allow online & remote end point assessment will be retained until at least January 2021.
The special measures ensure that all learners can complete their studies in a timely fashion and have proved to play a vital role in supporting apprenticeships through a very challenging period. In most cases, assessments are performed via high-quality remote measures rather than face-to-face.
The Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships, Jennifer Coupland said in the announcement:
“It is fantastic that the assessment flexibilities, which we carefully tailored for different sectors with employer groups, have helped thousands of apprentices to complete in spite of COVID-19.
We want this to continue as people gradually return to work-places and face-to-face learning and assessment becomes more viable. The Institute will start looking from September at where to go next with the flexibilities, but I can confirm we are not planning to make any changes before the new year to give everyone a degree of stability”
All apprentice starts from August 2020 will require an end-point assessment on the new apprenticeship standards. Apprentices must pass an independent EPA to evidence they can perform their job to the required standard to successfully complete their apprenticeship.
What are the Benefits of Remote End Point Assessment?
SEPA (Smart End Point Assessment) is an end-point assessment management platform from Smart Apprentices. SEPA provides EPAO’s with a robust process for end-point assessing and also enables remote assessment, through features such as integrated web conference rooms, conflict of interest management, standardisation and scheduling.
SEPA not only safeguards your reputation as an EPAO, but it will also reduce administration costs & travel time while also ensuring you are audit compliant.