What happens at the end of an apprenticeship?

Each apprentice will be required to have an end point assessment (EPA) to assess the competencies of the apprentice.

End point assessments come in different styles and formats.

Again at this stage it is important to note the employer, the training provider and the apprentice must agree the individual is ready to take the end point assessment.

Some people might require longer to complete some of the modules of work. For example someone struggling with English might need some extra coaching to be ready for the end point assessment.

PCS would argue that it is better to allow a little extra time to complete the training and be 100% ready for the EPA. Managers need to be aware that failure at the end point assessment stage by the apprentice could incur extra business costs such as having to pay for a resit. If the apprentice fails through lack of training or lack of support the organisation has wasted the investment in that individual particularly if it results in dismissal or termination of a person’s contract.

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