Preparing apprentices for EPA success

Styling skills for the future

We support providers of apprenticeships in the hair industry, through a multi-product service committed to ensuring the delivery of a high-quality learning experience within your sector of expertise.

Standards that we support include Hair Professional (two pathways – Hairdressing and Barbering) and Advanced Hair Professional.

Our end-point assessment (EPA) and on-programme offer provide an end-to-end solution for the hair sector. Emma MacKay, Industry Manager for hair, said:

Interested to find out more? Get in touch to discuss our offer for hair.

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Hair – preparing apprentices for EPA success

The hair industry, in terms of education, continues to move at an incredibly fast pace. Currently, small and micro business are predominant within the industry, employing an estimated 250,000 employees. On average, businesses continue to turnover an average of £5 billion per year, even though the industry comprises of a high proportion of self-employed workers.

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 centre 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:

  • Exemplar materials
  • EPA handbooks
  • Assessment Packs
  • Apprenticeships Training Manuals
  • Lead Independent End Point Assessor (LIEPA) reports
  • E-portfolio solutions: Get-to-Gateway, Learning Assistant and PIVOT
  • Expert tutor resources via SmartScreen including sample questions and learning resources
  • Enhanced SmartScreen, providing multimedia learning resources to strengthen knowledge for EPA.

Showcasing best practice

With our exemplar materials, sample tests, workbooks and expert Technical Advisor and Industry Manager, you can get the latest insight into best practice to provide your apprentices with confidence. All of 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.

Expert advice at our networking events

Hosted by our Technical Advisor, Sarah Fillaudeau, our events equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to build apprentices’ confidence and competence, and support you in 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, IT and digital, business skills, customer service and leadership and management to name a few. We also offer Functional Skills maths and English across five levels from Entry Level 1 to Level 2 and we can 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 hair industry 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 Lead Independent End Point Assessment (LIEPA) reports are produced annually with valuable insight into the assessment process, providing crucial lessons learned in EPA, for your benefit.

Trusted by industry

We have strong links with leading brands such as Toni & Guy, Andrew Collinge and the Men’s Hairdressing Federation.

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.