Overview of the independent end-point assessor role
Government has introduced a requirement that all apprenticeships contain an end-point assessment (EPA) which is a holistic assessment of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour (KSBs) that have been learnt throughout the apprenticeship. This is to make sure that apprentices meet the rigorous standard set by employers and are fully competent in the relevant occupation. Pearson must provide employers with the confidence that completing an apprenticeship means an individual is fully job-ready and that all apprentices, following the same standard, are assessed consistently, regardless of where they are undertaking their apprenticeship or who they are doing it with.
An independent EPA means that those making a decision on the competency of the apprentice have nothing to gain from the outcome of the assessment. To maintain independence within the scope of this EPA, an independent end-point assessor can only undertake end-point assessments of apprentices, with whom they have no conflict of interest. This means he/she must be independent of the registered apprenticeship training provider at which the apprentice completed their on-programme element, and must not have been involved in the on-programme training, assessment, or line management of such apprentices.
The independent end-point assessor will:
- Take part in regular training and standardisation activities, associated with the role of independent end-point assessor for this
- Maintain and provide evidence of ongoing, relevant Continuous Professional Development
- Assess the performance of candidates in accordance with published assessment and grading criteria and procedures, ensuring overall standards are
- Follow the protocols set out in Pearson’s specifications, assessment materials and quality assurance protocols, relating to the EPAs
- Maintain service-level agreements with regards to responding to EPA planning, operational activities, reports and submissions of assessment outcomes
- Report all risks and issues encountered during the end-point assessment to Pearson, including any suspected malpractice/maladministration
- Ensure all EPA reports and assessment evidence are high quality and recorded accurately
- Support Pearson, if necessary, with any appeals from apprentices, regarding assessment decision
- Allow additional time for travel, when making EPA arrangements
- Raise any conflicts of interest, including in relation to the independence of assessment
- Ensure that any personal actions are completed, as required by Pearson
- Contribute to the continuous improvement of Pearson’s end-point assessment activities
- Contribute to the external quality assurance activities undertaken by Ofqual.
Background and Experience (essential):
- Be occupationally competent in the adult nursing
- Be a registered healthcare professional or have completed a level 5 apprenticeship or regulated occupational competence qualification at level 5 or
- Hold, or be working towards, a formal assessor qualification (e.g. A1, TAQA
- Have experience of working in a health or social care setting within the last 2
- Experience of leading meetings/structured interviews/
- Experience of complying with quality assurance/regulatory
- Evidence of commitment to maintaining CPD, in line with the EPA specialism
Background and Experience (desirable):
- To hold, or be working towards an internal quality assurance
- Experience of making grading
- Knowledge of prevent & safeguarding
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