One of the main changes to the new apprenticeship standards is that learners will complete their apprenticeships programmes by undertaking a formal end point assessment. Each apprenticeship standard will have a different set of criteria or the end point assessment and these could include portfolios, interviews, employer references, assignments, exams etc. As the new standards are being developed and released with assessment plans then the method of the end point assessment will be published.
Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations
The Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisation (RoAAO) is a list of organisations that have been approved to deliver end point assessments. As new standards are being published then applications to be a RoAAO will follow and eventually training providers and employers will be able to select an assessment organisation for their apprentice.
Digital Marketer End Point Assessment
The end point assessment includes an assessment of all the requirements of the standard, including, competencies, knowledge and behaviours. It takes place in the final few months of the apprenticeship, using four assessment methods:
- Summative portfolio
- Synoptic project
- Employer reference
The use of a variety of assessment methods in the final end point assessment ensures that the assessment of each apprentice is based on their performance and reflects accurately the quality of their work and the application of skills, knowledge and behaviours specified in the standards. Taken together, these components of the final end point assessment build a cumulative picture of performance against the standard, enabling the independent assessor to make a holistic judgement about how well the apprentice meets or exceeds the standard.
What does it cost?
End point assessments will vary depending on the qualification and the RoAAO. There is no set cost for an end point assessment but it in each assessment plan their will be some guidance – usually this is given as a percentage of the overall qualification funding value. More information about apprenticeship funding can be found here – apprenticeship funding
Who are end point assessors?
End point assessors need to be able to demonstrate industry competence. They need to have a thorough knowledge of the occupation for which they are conducting end point assessments. They should also have experience of being an assessor or an internal verifier for current vocational qualifications. End point assessors need to spend time on CPD and have to ensure that they keep their industry competence and knowledge up to date.
End point assessors should have good IT skills, be able to work independently but also work towards the quality guidelines set out by the RoAAO. They also need to be well organised and have good communication skills.
If you would like more information about the new apprenticeship standards or end point assessments then please contact us:
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