An employer’s role throughout an apprenticeship is to ensure the apprentice builds their competencies within the workplace, mapping these competencies to the elements in the published Apprenticeship Standard. By working closely with the apprentice’s training provider, they mentor the apprentice and prepare them for their End-Point Assessment (EPA).
To make sure an apprentice’s EPA runs smoothly, employers are responsible for a variety of tasks:
The employer will submit the End-Point Assessment Schedule to SIAS; this should be done at least 3 months before the planned assessment date.
In the schedule the employers nominated will provide details to SIAS about:
The CEL is an employer’s evaluation of their apprentice’s competency. Each competence statement in the CEL must be signed off. The employer may choose to use whoever they wish to do this.
For each competence element, the CEL will have:
At the end of the training, once the CEL is complete and the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is ready for EPA, the nominated registered assessor will review the CEL.
It is important that registered assessor makes sure the CEL has been completed correctly and they must sign to confirm this.
Once the completed CEL is approved by SIAS and all Gateway evidence has been received, the End-Point Assessment can be carried out.
A registered assessor is a technical expert who is occupationally competent in the apprentice’s job role.
The individual nominated by the employer to be the Registered Assessor (or technical expert) must complete a SIAS application form and provide evidence that they meet the following criteria: