An innovative approach to End-point Assessment has been launched to help train the next generation of ‘Team Knowhow’ gas engineers. Team Knowhow, established by electrical retailer Dixons, is a network of 7000 experts who will help install, support, upgrade or fix customers’ kit throughout the lifecycle of a product. BPEC have been appointed by Team Knowhow as its EPA Organisation for the Gas Engineering apprentices within this support network. Joining the two organisations in this partnership are training providers Eastleigh College.
“We’re very excited about these new partnerships as it demonstrates real co-operation between an employer, their training providers and the end point assessment organisation,” said Matt Skelding, Head of Operations and Development at BPEC. “The new apprenticeship standard and its end-point assessment presents a completely new way forward for apprentices and we look forward to working with the industry on this.”
Paul Smoker, Technical & Installation Manager from Team Knowhow added “Our direct involvement with BPEC started with the world’s first Gas Engineering End Point Assessment. Lots of lessons were learnt and with the commitment of BPEC’s team we successfully won through. Building on this experience with our second cohort of Gas Engineering Apprentices, the continued development and preparation work undertaken by BPEC along with the college paid significant dividends – the Gas Engineering EPA ran like a ‘well oiled machine’, with the candidates commenting that they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and felt they had achieved a successful EPA – a fantastic achievement all round”.
BPEC’s End-point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) are approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to provide End-point Assessment for Gas Engineering (Level 3) and
Smart Meter Installer (Level 2) . The End-point Assessment Organisation is also in the process of applying to extend its scope of delivery to cover End-point Assessment for the Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician (Level 3) Apprenticeship Standard.
The End-point Assessment (EPA) is undertaken during the last three months of an apprenticeship, as a way of testing the knowledge, skills and behaviours that have been learnt during the on-programme training. The End-point Assessment involves practical tasks, questions and interviews, which follow the assessment plan developed by the trailblazer employer groups. To ensure impartiality during the assessment, the EPA must be undertaken by an independent End-point Assessor.
If you are thinking of working with BPEC for End-point Assessment, or if you would like to be considered as an independent End-point Assessor, then please contact the BPEC End-point Assessment Team on 01332 376000 or email them at email@example.com.