First apprentices complete end-point assessment with NCFE

We’re delighted to announce that our first apprentice at Architectural Façade Solutions has successfully completed their end-point assessment (EPA).

The introduction of EPA is one of the biggest apprenticeship reforms of recent times. Apprenticeship standards are now assessed at the final stage through a collection of assessments that offer confirmation of knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) for a particular role, known as EPA. What’s more, the independent nature of EPA is designed to ensure that skills are transferable across different organisations and respected industry-wide.

Architectural Façade Solutions, working with PETA Ltd, a private training provider on the South Coast and a member of GTA England, has embraced the new apprenticeship standards through supporting a Customer Service apprentice.

NCFE was appointed as the EPA organisation and worked with PETA to support the employer through the process, ensuring the apprentice could successfully demonstrate the relevant KSBs for the customer service role.

Dean Curry, Trainer Assessor at PETA commented: “EPA has been a massive change to the format of apprenticeships. The support from NCFE has made a big difference to us, highlighting the importance of having a good relationship with the EPA organisation as early as possible.

We’ve found NCFE to be very supportive throughout and they’ve provided some good resources to help make the process as straightforward as possible. We quickly developed a mutually beneficial relationship and worked together to achieve positive results for the apprentice, the employer and for PETA.”

Sara Hall, Apprenticeship Services Implementation Manager at NCFE said: “NCFE is delighted to have worked as the end-point assessment organisation for Architectural Façade Solutions and provide support with the new apprenticeship standards, alongside PETA. Completing the first end-point assessments was such a rewarding experience, the first of many successes together. We wish all apprentices the very best with their careers moving forward.”

NCFE is approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency to deliver EPA in a variety of sectors and subject areas. Visit our website to find out more: www.ncfe.org.uk/epa

Photo: Dean Curry and apprentice Mary-Kate Longyear.