As the concerns of Coronavirus (COVID-19) escalate, we want to reassure you that as your End-Point Assessment (EPA) Organisation, we are here to support you through these challenging times and looking to balance the health and safety of our Independent Assessors with the needs of customers and your apprentices.
The following statement was issued by the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education on Monday 16th March, 2020, regarding the ongoing situation with COVID-19:
“The Institute understands the unique challenge that Covid-19 presents to the delivery of apprenticeships and that its impact is widespread. We are working closely with the Department for Education to develop a comprehensive and complete set of measures that permit professional discretion so that individuals are protected and disruption is minimised, whilst safeguarding the quality of apprenticeships, should it not be possible to extend the length of an apprenticeship. We anticipate providing detailed guidance this week.”
Whilst we await further guidance, we understand from correspondence with a number of our customers already, that there may be a need to temporarily suspend on-programme training delivery and as a consequence, EPA, as teams are deployed out into critical and frontline roles, for example, within Fire Services, Police Forces and Prisons.
As we are booked to carry out EPA’s in the near future we are currently in the process of making urgent direct contact with our customers, regarding each and every organisation’s plans over the next few weeks, which will enable us to put contingency plans in place.
Please be assured that we are committed to support you in these difficult times and will endeavour to maintain EPA services wherever possible and any assistance required throughout.
We will be sure to keep you updated on progress of this situation as we receive it, however in the meantime, please don’t hesitate in contacting our team today, for any queries you may have, or support required.