Learn what happens at the end of an apprenticeship and how apprentices are assessed and finally accredited.

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On-programme learning

On-programme learning is the bit of the apprenticeship that provides the apprentice with the required 'knowledge, skills and behaviours' - in other words - on-the-job training. 

The apprenticeship must run for a minimum of one year and end with your apprentice being prepared for end-point assessment (EPA). As your apprentice works their way towards the end of the on-programme learning, the training provider will work with the employer to "sign off" the apprentice as ready for EPA.

Download a guide to end-point assessment (EPA):

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When the apprenticeship ends...

All new apprenticeships are required to have an EPA that is carried out by an independent body. Apprentices must pass the EPA in order to achieve an apprenticeship certificate.

There are many possible elements to an EPA which are laid out in the assessment plan that come with each standard.

For example, an apprentice may need to take an online multiple-choice assignment, have an interview with an experienced practitioner, be observed making a product or repairing a defective piece of equipment or solve workplace problem scenarios.

Sometimes apprentices must submit a diary of work that they have completed, a portfolio record of their work projects or prepare a presentation showcase of their work to a panel of experts. The assessments chosen reflect the type of work undertaken and can simulate what happens in the real workplace. 

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End-point Assessment: from theory into practice

This webinar discusses one of the biggest changes in the new apprenticeships - EPA.

Our expert speakers provide you with an overview of EPA, what is involved and some specific examples of standards and assessment models to enable you to continue to deliver apprenticeships with confidence.....

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Read a case study

Read more about our recent partnership with BT on their Future Leaders programme and their apprentices' experiences of End-point assessment.

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