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SIAS sees 150 Apprentice Registrations for Apprenticeship End Assessment

Thirty two science employers have so far committed to use the new Science Industry Assessment Service (SIAS) as their end assessment provider of choice, resulting in 150 apprentices on the New Apprenticeship Standards being registered with SIAS

The apprentices are all undertaking Apprenticeships in one of several new future focussed “Trailblazer” standards - Laboratory Technician, Science Manufacturing Technician, Science Industry Maintenance Technician and Laboratory Scientist

SIAS is a new style body which is responsible for ensuring the assessments and testing for a number of these new style Apprenticeships are to the high standards required by the Government and industry. It designs and delivers the end point assessment tests which will lead to the national Apprenticeship award.

The SIAS award conferred following successful assessment will be recognised by employers as demonstrating the individual has met the industry Apprenticeship standard.

SIAS team members have been working with science industry employers since the introduction of Apprenticeship reform in October 2013. As part of the Cogent Group with its close ties to the Science Industry Partnership, SIAS is well placed to draw on the expertise of employers both from the Trailblazer group and from the wider science industry.

Christine Sakhardande, Head of Science Industry Assessment Service who has been there from the very beginning said: “We are delighted that employers are recognising SIAS as a key delivery partner for high quality and accurate assessments. We’re independent, experienced and have designed internal quality assurance and verification processes to ensure the quality, consistency and validity of end point assessments.

Craig Hargreaves, of SABIC UK Petrochemicals, one the 10 companies which formed the Science Industry Apprenticeship Consortium (SIAC), North East added: “The companies involved in SIAC have 40 young people on the new Trailblazer standards, and they will all undergo end assessment with SIAS.

“These new standards represent a real change in Apprenticeships – they are designed by employers for employers and importantly, it is the employers who have developed the assessment specifications that describe the tests that must be passed to meet the standard. Assessment through SIAS will demonstrate full competency in an occupation.”

The all-important end point assessment comprises several methods, including, for example, completing mandatory knowledge qualifications, a review of behaviours, a professional discussion and a final assessment of on the job performance.

To ensure that employers play a genuine leadership role in standards, assessment and quality assurance, the SIP employers through the Trailblazer group will continue to provide independent scrutiny and challenge of SIAS.

The new Standards will start to replace the existing frameworks from 2016 onwards; employers and providers looking for advice on any of this, more understanding on end assessment or of Apprenticeship reform, can get in touch with SIAS via Christine Sakhardande on 01925 515207 or email Christine

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The Science Industry Assessment Service (SIAS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cogent Skills.