Training providers can contact SIAS via our web page. A member of the SIAS team will contact you to discuss further and send the request for service form which must be completed to register the apprentice. It is advisable to register the apprentice early in their programme to ensure SIAS can provide information and support.
Support liaisons between SIAS and host employer
It is important for the training provider to ensure that SIAS has up-to-date contact information for the apprentice’s employer.
As SIAS acts only as the assessment organisation, the training provider should support the liaison between SIAS and the employer to arrange the EPA.
Assessment preparation material is sent out to the employers, however it is important for training providers to check with the employers whether they have received this and raise awareness of its importance with the apprentice.
Send SIAS Gateway completion evidence
Gateway is the point at which apprenticeship training has finished, the Competence Evaluation Log is signed off and the apprentice is ready for EPA.
The training provider (or employer) needs to provide SIAS with evidence of the apprentice’s appropriate English and maths qualifications, their Competence Evaluation Log and any knowledge qualification that the apprentice studied as part of their training (BTEC, HNC etc.). The specific requirements for Gateway are set out in the published Assessment Plan for each Standard.
Support the planning of assessment day
Strong communication and planning are crucial for arranging an assessment date which suits the apprentice, employer, SIAS and training provider.
Notify the ESFA that SIAS will be the End-Point Assessment Organisation via the ILR submission
Training providers will need to consider how they are going to prepare the apprentice for EPA and build this into the apprentice’s training plan. This should be discussed with the host employer as the EPA will take place in the workplace.
As EPA is a new addition to the apprenticeship landscape, SIAS provides support and guidance to ensure training providers understand the requirements for their apprentice’s assessment.
SIAS hosts multiple training provider briefings throughout the year, across the country and can arrange to visit training providers directly for one to one support if appropriate. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For further resources regarding SIAS apprenticeship standards, click here.