Apprenticeship Standards have been written by employers and industry experts and consist of approved industry based skills, knowledge and behaviours. Apprentices have a period of learning and development, followed by a series of end point assessment activities which are conducted by registered end point assessment organisations.
For some Standards, there is the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications, which can lead to industry body membership.
END POINT ASSESSMENT
The End Point Assessment (EPA) is the way in which apprentices are assessed to confirm achievement of their apprenticeship. This assessment can take a variety of forms, for example a knowledge test, portfolio of evidence, an interview, project presentation, observation or professional discussion.
Maths & English at Level 2 is a requirement for all apprenticeships. If an apprentices does not hold a GCSE Grade 9-4 (or A*-C), they will be required to sit these Functional Skills qualifications as part of their apprenticeships. Some Frameworks, also have the requirement for the apprentice to complete ICT Functional Skills level 2.
20% OFF-THE-JOB TRAINING
Every apprentice will receive 20% relevant off-the-job training activities, to support the achievement of their apprenticeship. This can include practical training, job shadowing, mentoring, coaching, industry visits, theory training, online learning, manufacturer training or can be used to spend time writing assignments/assessment or attending College for theory lessons and workshops