CareShield aiming for End-Point Assessment Accreditation
The introduction of independent end-point assessment (EPA) is one of the biggest changes in the Government’s Apprenticeship Reforms. It’s a new way of assuring quality in the apprenticeship system, replacing the existing model of continuous assessment.
Once an apprentice has completed their apprenticeship, they will be ‘signed off’ by their employer as ready for end-point assessment of their knowledge and practical capabilities. In most cases, the assessment will be graded and must show the apprentice is fully competent and productive in the occupation. However, the registered assessment organisation and the assessor must be independent of, and separate from, the training provided by the provider and employer.
‘We want to continue to build on our successes this year’, advised Christian Greenshaw, CareShield’s CEO, ‘so have applied for EPA certification. We have also gained accreditation with both the CPD UK – which provides support, advice and recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD principles – and we were accepted by the Skills Funding Agency as an approved training provider and been placed on their Register of Training Organisations earlier in the year as well.
‘We follow a rigorous Quality Assurance process, through developing lifecycles and road maps for every course, with regular, built-in audits and reviews by Subject Matter Experts. But we’re also flexible enough to allow for ad-hoc updates; if contextual legislation changes, for example. These accreditations build on those we already had - with Pearson, NCFE and Aim Awards - and EPA certification would complement and enhance our current offering. Our learners and clients can therefore be assured of excellence of every stage of their journey with us.’