End-Point Assessment is the final stage in the apprenticeship process before the apprentice gains their final qualification in their chosen standard. It’s the method in testing the knowledge, skills and behaviours that an apprentice has learnt during their training and the time for all those hours of hard practice and studying to finally be put to the test.
Although the process can be nerve wracking; were here to tell you it need not be! With our six handy tips on how to prepare for this final stage it will have you feeling confident, raring to go and ready to ace your EPA!
1. Practice makes perfect – There is plenty of revision resources available to you so make sure you utilise all materials. Be aware as to what the grading criteria looks like to ensure all elements are met. Preparation is key! This includes making sure that you’re well prepared for what’s to come. If your EPA is being conducted remotely, familiarise yourself with any new systems you will need to make things run much more smoothly and keep those nerves at bay on the day.
2. Collaboration – Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Lean on your training tutor where needed. They are there to support you throughout your journey. There is no such thing as a silly question so make sure you’re clear on what to expect and iron out any doubts beforehand.
3. Sell Yourself – Remember that the Independent End- Point Assessor (IEPA) wants to know what you have done and the role you have contributed towards a certain task or goal. Although it’s easy to often talk about “we” remember that the assessor can only grade you on the role that you have played so don’t be afraid to really sell yourself.
4. Your time to shine – Use this as an opportunity to dive into certain subject areas in more detail. Talk about what you are proud of and the things that you have implemented to drive success within your organisation. This could be extra training you’ve undertaken, positive changes you’ve made, projects you’ve managed off the back of your learnings or even praise you’ve received from managers. It’s all about you, don’t hold back!
5. Time management – You’re in control in ensuring that you’re well prepared for your assignments. Although many elements of your EPA are time limited, there is sufficient time in these sessions to explain yourself in good detail to ensure all criteria is met. Make good use of the full time provided for each component.
6. The assessor is on your side – They want to see you succeed so remember they’re there to hear all about what you’ve learned, knowledge you’ve gained and how you’re implementing your newfound skills and understanding. Remember they don’t know you so it’s important that you describe the processes you’ve undertaken, explain learnings from throughout your studies, why you did things a certain way and clarify how you have achieved your end goals.
Use this as an opportunity to really sell yourself and show what you’ve learned during your apprenticeship. As nerve wracking as the experience can be; remember your in the driving seat so relax and enjoy the process!