The End-Point Assessment stage of an apprenticeship must be delivered by an organisation that has not been involved in the delivery of the training itself, and that is an approved End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO).
SFJ Awards is an EPAO and we have a wealth of experience of working with the following sectors:
- Fire and rescue
- Custodial care
- Courts and prosecution services
- Local government
We understand the nature of these sectors and the specific issues and challenges they face. We know how to carry out effective assessments that meet the needs of employers and apprentices, alongside regulatory requirements.
Our expert assessors have significant sector experience and take a customer-focussed approach, helping us to deliver a first-class End-Point Assessment (EPA) service. The comprehensive support we provide to all of our EPA customers included a virtual information session for your staff, delivered by sector specialists, to bring the EPA to life, answer any queries and to support them when preparing apprentices for EPA.
To enable the EPA to run smoothly, apprentices are registered with us using Odyssey Online, our online learner management system. Using Odyssey, you will be able to register apprentices one at a time or in bulk, and the system will provide real time management reports, which include information on an apprentice’s progress and achievements.
All apprenticeship standards now contain a ‘gateway’. This is the point between the two core stages of an apprenticeship – when an apprentice has met the requirements of the programme training and is ready to progress to EPA. At this stage, the apprentice will undergo a minimum of two different assessments that will confirm whether they have the skills required to carry out their role. These assessments could include an observation in the workplace followed by a professional discussion, for example. All apprentices are supported through this process. Following registration, they will receive our EPA Guide to Assessment which explains to the apprentice exactly what’s required of them, and our assessors, who have a friendly but professional manner, will provide feedback at every stage of the process.
SFJ Awards is now an approved Independent End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for a number of Apprenticeship Standards including:
SFJ Awards’ Apprenticeship Support Tools
To help you deliver your apprenticeships we provide the following online services:
Just Assess – an online testing platform for apprentices where your multi-choice questions (MCQs) are uploaded and the results are available to you instantly. Just Assess can also be used for tests that require longer answers.
Just Assess E-Portfolio – if apprentices are required to develop a portfolio of evidence, Just Assess E-Portfolio is ideal. Our online portfolio builder makes collecting evidence and assessment more efficient and saves time over traditional methods. Using Just Assess E-Portfolio also reduces security risks, such as leaving confidential information unattended.
Become an End-Point Assessor
If you have expertise in any of the above sectors, have experience of assessment and wish to become one of our associate Independent Assessors, please see the Vacancies section of our website.
If you would like more information on the SFJ Awards end-point assessment service, please contact us.