End Point Assessor - Apprenticeship - Learning Mentor 2020
Closing date: 30 April 2020 at midday
Independent end-point assessor forLearning Mentor (Level 3)End Point Assessments
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Overview of the independent end-point assessor role:
The 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 (IEA) can only undertake end-point assessments of apprentices, with whom they have no conflict of interest. This means they 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 end-point assessments will be conducted onsite, on dates agreed with employers and/or providers if appropriate. IEAs will record and submit the EPA outcomes, with clear justifications for the grading decisions. EPA activities will be quality assured by Pearson quality assurance representatives.
IEAs for this EPA will be qualified assessors that meet the occupational profile of the apprentices they are assessing and will be trained, standardised and approved to operate as IEAs. The IEAs will undertake EPAs in line with the associated apprenticeship assessment plan, and the materials provided by Pearson. Please see the below Key Accountabilities and Person Specification sections for further details.
The IEA will:
? Take part in regular training and standardisation activities, associated with the role of IEA for this EPA
? Maintain and provide evidence of ongoing, relevant Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
? Assess the performance of candidates in accordance with published assessment and grading criteria and procedures, ensuring overall standards are maintained
? 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 decisions
? 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
LMs (Learning Mentors) will have sector-specific experience and qualifications, as determined by their employer or professional body, which they use to guide and advise those who are less experienced and new to a work role. The LM is therefore a ‘dual professional’ having both up-to-date knowledge and skills in a specialist vocational or subject area, together with the generic skills necessary to support learners (as potentially a first step towards a secondary role as an education and training professional).
Background and Experience (essential):
? Be occupationally competent in the sector
? A minimum of 3 years current and continuous experience in teaching, assessing and internal quality assurance) in Education and Training
? Qualified in assessment and quality assurance practice, e.g. D33 Assessors qualification, A1 assessors award or TAQA qualification and V1 qualification (or equivalent)
? Hold a current DBS certificate
? Experience of leading meetings/structured interviews/discussions
? Experience of complying with quality assurance/regulatory requirements
? Evidence of commitment to maintaining CPD, in line with new apprenticeship requirements and the EPA specialism
? Knowledge of prevent & safeguarding
Background and Experience (desirable):
? Experience of making grading judgements
Skills & Knowledge (Essential)
? Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively respond to conflicts
? Flexibility to understand and respond to the individual needs and circumstances of employers/apprentices
? Sufficient and relevant technical knowledge of:
? Health and Safety requirements in the workplace
? industry structure and processes
? relevant legal and regulatory frameworks
? a range of products and services offered within the industry
? systems, tools, equipment, machinery and processes used within relevant roles
? In-depth knowledge of the associated apprenticeship standard, assessment plan, specification, assessment instruments and recording tools
? Ability to assess, free from bias
? Ability to assess and report risks
? Ability to meet deadlines
Any applicant undertaking this role will be expected to:
? Have personal IT equipment capable of running Pearson required software? Have a suitable b
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