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Supporting your apprentice through their EPA – An employer’s guide

Here’s how to be your Apprentice’s hero during EPA

Alright, so you’ve lept the gateway hurdle and your apprentice is hurtling toward their EPA (End-Point Assessment). You’re not out of the woods yet, however. Your apprentice will still need your support for the final boss battle, Assessator! Also known as the End Point Assessor. We’ve written this guide for all you employers and line managers looking for that little extra advice on the EPA process.

 

Here’s our list of tips for EPA support

Get the Inside Scoop

When your Training Provider registers your apprentices with your EPAO (End-Point Assessment Organisations) they may be sent support materials which they can send to you. These materials will guide you through their processes and what happens next. Failing this, your Training Provider or designated coach will be able to provide insights into the process.

 

Time, the Ultimate Superpower

EPAOs usually have SLAs in place regarding their post-gateway processes. Usually, this is so that they can arrange the next steps, be it interviews, or projects, etc. During this time, keep an eye on your apprentice’s workload and make sure they’ve got ample time to focus on what they need to do. Again, your training provider and/or coach can run you through the process to come and advise how best to work with them and your learner to ensure they’re 100% prepared.

Let your learner drive the process

Though you will inevitably be involved in elements of the process, encourage your apprentices to take charge of this final leg of their apprenticeship. Entrusting them with this responsibility will ensure they’re fully invested in the process. They should seek out guidance with you and their coach, book EPA dates, and manage any project or prep work on their own.

 

Champion your learner

Apprentices juggle a lot in their lives. Sometimes, they face tough challenges outside of their control. If this is the case, take the time to talk with them and understand any hurdles they’re encountering. Support them as best you can and it can boost their confidence and set an for success. Sometimes the little things make a big difference, that’s all I’ll say.

 

What if it starts to get rocky?

If your apprentice begins to face any challenges during the EPA process, be as supportive as you can. Additionally, encourage them to reach out to their coach/tutor. EPA can be quite a stressful time during the apprenticeship, it’s a culmination of 12+ months of hard work. It’s inevitable, that there may be some challenges along the way.

 

Once your learner has sat their EPA

Once your apprentices receive their final moderated grade, celebrate with them. Finishing an apprenticeship is no small feat, and they deserve some serious kudos. Many employers use this time to talk about new opportunities or maybe a promotion. Whatever you decide, make it a special moment to show your appreciation for their hard work. 🦸‍♂️💥

 

Let us know if we can help

Hey, we may not be your training provider, but, if you’re looking for some general advice from an impartial party, why not drop us and email at info@themarketingtrainer.co.uk and we’d be glad to see how we can help alleviate any EPA worries. In the meantime, we’ve written a guide on generally supporting your apprentice if you’re interested.

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