This stage is designed to ensure that the apprentice has gained the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) required of the apprenticeship. The assessment is done by an approved End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) which will work with the training provider, apprentice and employer during this stage of the journey.[/vc_column_text]
“In a nutshell, the EPA process is there to validate that the apprentice has the skills, knowledge and behaviours of the apprenticeship. It basically adds an extra quality stamp to their training.”[/vc_column_text]
Sandra continued: “It means our EPA service is specifically tailored to the needs of care employers rather than making them simply adapt to the EPA process which may not suit the sector.
“For example, some EPAOs require 90 days’ notice of assessment dates. Prepare to Achieve does not do this as we recognises the impracticality of operating this way due to the many uncertain working patterns within the care sector.”[/vc_column_text]
Sandra explained: “Our approach to fees is the same as our delivery approach – transparent and fuss-free. We want to build lasting relationships with our employers and so make it clear to them about the whole process, how it works and what the costs are. There are no hidden extras like some other EPAOs.”
The new apprenticeship reforms are having a big effect on employers but EPA is a system that, Sandra believes, accurately assesses a learner’s capabilities and readiness for a particular workplace role in the health and social care sector.[/vc_column_text]
The EPA assessment method, she said, is a motivational way of testing learners’ abilities, encouraging them to work hard to achieve a pass, merit or distinction.
She added: “At the heart of our business is our commitment to learners, employers, providers and the apprenticeships sector in general. Within the health and social care sector, quality of service is key so we always engage with employers in a timely, open, friendly and supportive manner, totally committed to the value that good quality apprenticeships can add to society.
“We believe that when standards are high, everyone benefits.”[/vc_column_text]