Page Updated 11 August

2020-21 EPA dispensations –
Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we understand the challenges you and your apprentices are facing, due to social distancing and other local restrictions and containment measures. We are committed to supporting you through these challenging and exceptional circumstances.

We have created updated guidance to help you to understand the range of adaptations, flexibilities and mitigations for all of our apprenticeship standards and through all stages of the apprenticeship journey – on-programme, gateway and the end-point assessment.

IfATE gave notice on 5 August 2021 that some temporary discretions will cease from the 31 December 2021 and are asking providers and employers to feedback via end-point assessment organisations or external quality assurance provider on exceptional challenges that may be encountered. IfATE will then consider whether the deadline is extended.

City & Guilds would like to encourage you in the first instance to talk with your EPA Partnership Managers about exceptional challenges:

North England: Janice.collins@cityandguilds.com

South England: Morice.hole@cityandguilds.com

Midlands and East England: Rebecca.Hollamby@cityandguilds.com


Updated 30 November – updated sector guidance now available

Please find our EPA dispensations guidance for a number of sectors that outlines the adaptations approach per standard, per sector.

Building Services Engineering

Please find the dispensations guidance for Building Services Engineering, last updated November 2020.

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Business Skills

Please find the dispensations guidance for Business Skills, last updated December 2020.

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Construction and Built Environment Services

Please find the dispensations guidance for Construction and Built Environment Services, last updated November 2020.

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Please find the dispensation guidance for Property Maintenance, last updated January 2021.

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Digital and IT

Please find the dispensations guidance for Digital and IT, last updated 28 January 2021.

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Engineering

Please find the dispensations guidance for Engineering, last updated November 2020.

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Hair and Beauty

Please find the dispensations guidance for Hair and Beauty, last updated 28 January 2021

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Supporting documents

7002 Hair professional EPA guidance (PDF)

7002 eligibility form (DOCX)

7002-52 ctr forms (DOCX)

7002-53 ctr forms (DOCX)

9129 Beauty therapy EPA guidance (PDF)

9129 Eligibility form (DOCX)

9129 Centre forms (DOCX)

Health, Care and Childcare

Please find the dispensations guidance for Health, Care and Childcare, last updated November 2020.

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Hospitality and Catering

Please find the dispensations guidance for Hospitality and Catering, last updated January 2021.

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Land-based Services

Please find the dispensations guidance for Land-based Services, last updated November 2020.

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Leadership and Management

Please find the dispensations guidance for Leadership and Management, last updated 28 January 2021.

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Rail

Please find the dispensations guidance for Rail, last updated 28 January 2021.

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Transport

Please find the dispensations guidance for Transport, last updated 28 January 2021.

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Travel and Tourism

Please find the dispensations guidance for Travel and Tourism, last updated November 2020.

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