Preparing apprentices for EPA success

Building strong foundations in skills 

As a leading brand for construction and BSE education and training, we cover a wide range of trades and sub-sectors and have the assessment infrastructure in place to service end-point assessment (EPA) demand.

We support standards including: Gas Engineering; Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump; Carpentry and Joinery, Advanced Carpentry and Joinery, Bricklayer, Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician, Plasterer, Painter and Decorator and Property Maintenance Operative.

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Our EPA and on-programme offer provide a one-stop shop for the Construction and BSE sector. Salim Visram, Industry Manager for BSE said:

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Construction and BSE – preparing apprentices for EPA success

As a market leader in EPA, we’ve delivered over 60,000 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. Combined with 140 years of working in education and with industry partners, we're a trusted leader in EPA services.

Our recent contracts and tender wins with Qualification Wales and Ministry of Justice and leading on T-levels in Construction in England, highlights our position and reputation in the industry. No other awarding organisation has the breadth and depth of offer across Construction and BSE like we do.

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:

  • Exemplar materials for Construction
  • Assessment Packs
  • Apprenticeships Training Manuals
  • Lead independent end-point assessor (LIEPA) reports
  • Learning Assistant and PIVOT
  • Support and assessment preparation resources on SmartScreen, including schemes of work, lesson plans, textbooks and e-learning resources

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 sample tests, exemplars for construction, workbooks and expert Technical advisors, you can get the latest insight into best practice to provide confidence to you apprentices. Our resources are mapped to the standard and designed to draw out the skills, knowledge and behaviours apprentices need so they’re confident for assessment.

With SmartScreen we have hundreds of e-learning resources and “how to” videos. The depth and breadth of our learning content is unparalleled and a hugely beneficial resource for tutors and apprentices alike to strengthen learning.

In addition, our qualifications provide the on programme structure to deliver the teaching and learning – to ensure the apprentice is well prepared for EPA.

Expert advice at our networking events

Hosted by our Construction and BSE Technical Advisors, (David Pye and Robert Mallender for BSE and Ian Roberts and Paul Brown for construction), our events equip you with the knowledge you need to build apprentices’ confidence and competence, and support your delivery.

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Supporting organisations across their business

We have a breadth of offer supporting employers across skills areas such as in-house support services, business skills, customer service and leadership and management to name a few, and 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.

Within BSE we are the market leader for the IET 18th edition, working with over 375 centres to qualify over 60,000 learners.

Dedicated support team

Our EPA Customer Success team are on-hand to walk you through the process and provide advice from the start. Our team includes construction and BSE 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.

Working with industry experts

We’ve partnered with the Cross-Construction Apprenticeship Taskforce (CCATF) for many years, a cross-industry initiative designed to increase engagement in apprenticeship training.

Our product development process is robust and we have highly competent and qualified professionals developing our products in consultation with industry and providers/colleges.