IFA’s Alex Morris discusses quality assurance in apprenticeships
The introduction of End-Point Assessments (EPA), the ‘exam’ taken by apprentices at the end of their training, is arguably the single most important change to apprenticeships since the Richard Review.
It is therefore important to ensure that the EPA is a robust test of occupational competence. This gives employers confidence that someone who has completed an apprenticeship can do the job they have been trained to do. That system is External Quality Assurance (EQA).
The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) is the body charged with overseeing the EQA of End-Point Assessments, and to do this we can also approve other organisations to deliver EQA. Our guidance from the Department for Education makes clear that these other organisations can be employer-led groups, professional bodies, Ofqual or the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for integrated degree apprenticeships.