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 element of the apprenticeship that provides the apprentice with the required knowledge, skills and behaviours. 

The programme must run for a minimum of one year and result in the apprentice being prepared for the End-point assessment (EPA). As the 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 the EPA.

When the apprenticeship ends...

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

There are many possible elements to an end-point assessment which are clearly stated in the assessment plan that accompanies each standard. For example, an apprentice may be required to undertake an online multiple-choice assignment, an interview with an experienced practitioner, be observed making a product or repairing a defective piece of equipment or solving 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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