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Preparing apprentices for EPA success


Transporting skills for the future

We support providers of apprenticeships in the engineering, manufacturing and transport industries, with a range of products and services committed to ensuring the delivery of a high-quality learning experience within your sector of expertise.

We support standards including Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician; Rail Engineering Technician; Rail Engineering Operative; Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle); Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician; Gas Engineering Operative, and Autocare Technician, with more standards to be launched throughout 2020 including Engineering Fitter; Metal Fabricator; Engineering Operative.

Our end-point assessment (EPA) and on-programme offer provides an end-to-end solution for the Engineering and Transport sector. Patricia Santos, Industry Manager for Transport and Logistics, said: 

patricia thumbnail“The Engineering and Transport industry is making massive headway in the UK with record investments, which will generate thousands of new jobs. City & Guilds offers the foundations of skills that will underpin the successful delivery within this sector.”

Interested to find out more? Get in touch to discuss our offer for Engineering and Transport.

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Engineering and transport – preparing apprentices for EPA success

The UK government are supporting record investment in rail, roads, ports and airports. This investment won’t just deliver new world-class infrastructure. It will create opportunities for people across the UK by generating thousands of jobs.

This investment will need skilled people to build, maintain and operate this infrastructure once it’s in use, and many of these roles will be highly technical.

As the market leader in EPA, we’ve delivered over 5,000 EPA’s in the last year, with a 90% EPA pass rate, and have over 30,000 apprentices registered to take our EPA, across the range of sectors we serve.

We put customer success at the heart of apprenticeships, and our emphasis on centre support, quality of materials and 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:

  • EPA preparation tool
  • Exemplar material
  • Lead independent end-point assessor (LIEPA) reports
  • Learning Assistant and PIVOT
  • Apprenticeship Training Manual
  • Formative assessments for Automotive which replicate the EPA event
  • Expert tutor resources via SmartScreen, including lesson plans, sample tests and schemes of work and additional digital content with enhanced SmartScreen.

For our automotive standards, we host an e-learning platform “Electude” – containing virtual learning content that is mapped to the standards, quizzes and tests for the apprentice. Electude includes Virtual workshops, which saves you time and money on practical training and supports tracking the 20% off-the-job requirements.

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 the industry.

We are scoping all the support needed when new Engineering standards launch in 2020/21.

Showcasing best practice

With our exemplar materials, sample tests, workbooks and expert Technical Advisors, Simon Yorke and Paul Tunnicliffe, you can get the latest insight into best practice to provide confidence to your apprentices.

All our resources are mapped to the standard and designed to draw out the skills, knowledge and behaviour apprentices need so they’re confident for assessment.

Expert advice at our Networking events

Hosted by our Engineering and Automotive Technical Advisors, Simon Yorke and Paul Tunnicliffe, our events equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to build apprentices’ confidence and competence, support your delivery and share best practice with others.

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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, IT and digital, 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 process and provide advice from the start. Our team includes engineering, manufacturing and transport 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 brand with a long history in engineering

City & Guilds has a long history and heritage within engineering and are proud of our breadth of offer across multiple Engineering and Transport sectors. We work closely with employers such as the RAF, Royal Navy and MOD.

Our technical training institute, Gen2, is part of the City & Guilds Group, and is the largest training provider to the UK civil nuclear industry, working with over 250 employers – including the likes of Sellafield Ltd, Iggesund, and British Steel.

Our relationship with Group Training Associations (GTA) England, shows our commitment to engineering skills in the sector and we are proud to partner with such an important and well-respected group in the industry. GTA represent SMEs, and the partnership shows that we can support EPA with scale.

Within automotive, our relationship with Electude, the world's leading automotive e-learning company, provides great value for your apprentices. We have excellent industry connections and work with world leading employers such as Honda, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd and Vauxhall.