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Preparing apprentices for EPA success

Taking care of skills

As a leading brand in apprenticeships and qualifications in Adult and Child Care, we cover a range of standards and have the assessment infrastructure in place to service end-point assessment (EPA) demand.

These include: Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care WorkerEarly Years Educator, Early Year Practitioner, Leader in Adult Care and Lead Practitioner in Adult Care.

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Our EPA and on-programme offer provides an end-to-end solution for the Care industry. Geraldine Donworth, Industry Manager for Adult Care, Health and Child Care said: 

geraldine thumbnail“City & Guilds has consistently provided support for a wide range of employer groups during the development of the apprenticeships in these areas, from some of the very first standards to those currently being produced.”

Interested to find out more? Get in touch to discuss our offer for Adult Care and Child Care.

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Adult and child care – preparing apprentices for EPA success

Adult care and child care together form the second largest sector in the country. In 2018 there were a total of 1.62 million jobs in adult care alone, with research showing that the quality of early education and care for pre-school children is higher when practice is led by specially trained graduates. The care sector is also set to be the fastest growing sector from 2016-2024, with our projections showing an expected increase of more than 223,000 jobs.*

*People power and Workforce Intelligence data

As a market leader in EPA, we’ve delivered over 21,000 assessments since EPA started, with a 90% pass rate. We have over 51,000 apprentices registered to take our EPA across the wide range of sectors we serve.

We put customer success at the heart of apprenticeships, and our emphasis on support, quality of materials and assessment preparation for apprentices together with 140 years of working in education and with industry partners, makes us a trusted leader in EPA services. 

Support that we have available for you and your apprentices include:

Preparation to pass first time

We have unrivalled support and assessment preparation for you and your apprentices:

  • Lead independent end-point assessor (LIEPA) reports
  • Digital e-portfolio solutions: Get-to-Gateway (including content that is mapped to the standard), Learning Assistant and PIVOT
  • Tutor support and assessment preparation resources via SmartScreen

Our growing portfolio of apprenticeship products and services gives you the tools you need to build apprentices’ confidence and competence, support your delivery and prepare for robust assessment that’s valued and trusted by industry.

Showcasing best practice

With our exemplar teaching and learning support materials, sample tests, and support from expert Technical Advisors, you can get the latest insight into best practice to provide confidence to your apprentices so they can successfully achieve their EPA.

Our resources are mapped to the apprenticeship standards and designed to draw out the skills, knowledge and behaviours apprentices need so they’re confident for assessments.

Qualification development – level 3 webinars

A New Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

Skills for Care has been working with the sector to produce a revised qualification specification for this qualification.  We will be starting to explore exactly what this means in the coming weeks and months. At the moment it looks as though there will be a need for a new qualification to meet the new specifications.

We are trying something new by hosting an afternoon of virtual drop-in sessions for centres to come together with Geraldine and Suzi to discuss and contribute to the design of the new qualification. The sessions will be as interactive as we can make them.

Please keep 25 June 2021 between 13.00 – 16.45pm available if you would like to join us.

We are thinking about using this session as a series of four 45 minutes slots so that we can include as many centres as possible.

Timings

Booking link

13.00pm – 13.45pm

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14.00pm – 14.45pm

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15.00pm – 15.45pm

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16.00pm – 16.45pm

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Please use the links above to book your slot. Places will be limited to 20 per session, so please limit your bookings to one person per centre and then be prepared to cascade to your teams. We will send invitations as soon as we can. These places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Qualification development – level 5 webinars

A New Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management for Adult Care (England)

As with the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care, Skills for Care has been working with the sector to produce a revised qualification specification for this qualification.  We will be starting to explore exactly what this means in the coming weeks and months. At the moment, it looks as though there will be a need for a new qualification to meet the new specifications.

We are approaching centres consultation on this qualification in the same way as the Level 3 by hosting an afternoon of virtual drop-in sessions for centres to come together with Geraldine and Suzi to discuss and contribute to the design of the new qualification. The sessions will be as interactive as we can make them.

Please keep 02 July 2021 between 13.00 – 16.45pm available if you would like to join us.

We are thinking about using this session as a series of four 45 minutes slots so that we can include as many centres as possible.

Timings

Booking link

13.00pm – 13.45pm

Register now >

14.00pm – 14.45pm

Register now >

15.00pm – 15.45pm

Register now >

16.00pm – 16.45pm

Register now >

Please use the links above to book your slot. Please make it clear which slot you would like to book for. Places will be limited to 20 per session, so please limit your bookings to one person per centre and then be prepared to cascade to your teams. We will send invitations as soon as we can. These places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Expert advice at our regional networking and CPD events

Hosted by our highly experienced Industry Manager and Technical Advisors, our events equip you with the knowledge you need to build apprentices’ confidence and competence.

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Supporting organisations across their business

We have a breadth of offer supporting employers across skills areas such as in house consultancy support services, apprenticeships in business skills, customer service and leadership and management to name a few. We also offer Functional Skills across five levels from Entry Level 1 to Level 2.

We can also accredit in-house training programmes with our Assured Service.

Dedicated support team

Our EPA Customer Success team are on-hand to walk you through the EPA registration and booking process and provide advice from the start. Our wider team includes care experts, quality leads, and policy and funding specialists – all working together to provide solutions for you.

Flexible finance options

We have flexible payment options in place to make things easier for you. Our EPA pricing model includes a small fee at registration upfront with the rest of the cost after assessment and we don’t charge VAT on EPA.

High quality assessment

With the rigour and consistency of our Independent End Point Assessor training, you can be confident in the quality and standardisation of our EPA.

Our LIEPA reports are produced annually with valuable insight into the assessment process, providing crucial lessons learned in EPA, for your benefit.

A trusted and recognised brand in the sector

We are trusted in the market, and have recently collaborated with the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) to be the sole providers for a suite of health, social care and childcare qualifications contracted by Qualifications Wales, to provide qualifications from Level 1 to Level 5 for Health and Social Care, and Childcare.

We have deep industry connections - our industry manager, Geraldine Donworth is Vice-Chairperson for the AELP Health and Social Care and Childcare forum, demonstrating our standing in the sector.