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Apprentices: Assessments

Question for Department for Education

UIN 108884, tabled on 20 October 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that all apprentices have an organisation in place to deliver final examinations before the end of their course.

Answered on

25 October 2017

All examinations must be carried out by an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) who have fulfilled the Education and Skills and Funding Agency’s (ESFA) registration criteria. This can be viewed via:

Apprentices cannot start their training until the relevant assessment plan has been approved and published. There are a small number of standards where there are starts without an EPAO yet confirmed. We are tracking those starts and proactively working with the Institute for Apprenticeships and the ESFA to ensure an EPAO for these standards. These apprenticeships will take at least 12 months to complete, which provides time for organisations to come forward to deliver an end-point assessment.

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