End point Assessments.
There are currently two types of apprenticeships available, the new apprenticeship standard and the existing apprenticeship framework. Apprenticeship frameworks are work-related vocational and/or professional qualifications with ongoing or continuous assessments. In 2012, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills deemed the frameworks to be unfit for industry employers. The government plans for the apprentice reform to gradually phase out framework apprentices, with the aim of a complete phase out of frameworks by 2020.
Apprenticeships have evolved.
Standard based apprentices must undergo an independent assessment at the end of their training to confirm that they have achieved occupational competence.
This is the ‘End point Assessment’.
Who conducts the End Point Assessment?
Only an approved End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) can conduct the EPA. The EPAO must undergo thorough checks to gain approval to become an EPAO from the Education & Skills Funding Association (ESFA). LG RWC Ltd have been approved by the ESFA to deliver End Point Assessments.
How the Assessment works.
The end point assessment organisation uses the following methods to ensure that the knowledge, skills and behaviours mapped out in the standards are met:
-Project / Presentation demonstrations
– Discussions / Interviews
LG RWC aim to eliminate the need for multiple EPAO’s for engineering disciplines and offer EPA for
- General Welder, Arc processes (ST0349) – Level 2 APPROVED
- Pipe Welder, (ST0851) – Level 3
- Plate Welder (ST0852) – level 3
- Metal Fabricator (ST0607) – Level 3
- Structural Steelwork Fabricator (ST0099) – Level 2
- Engineering Construction Pipefitter (ST0162) – Level 3
- Engineering Operative (ST0537) – level 2
- Engineering Fitter (ST0432) – Level 3
Meet our Team.
The end point assessment development team have been selected due to their extensive experience in teaching and assessment in many engineering disciplines. With over 100 years of collective experience the employer and training provider can be confident that the requirements of the apprenticeship standards are interpreted correctly.
I served my apprenticeship with a local engineering company in Caernarfon and then gained post apprenticeship experience as a toolmaker for an instruments company. I then gained a post with the then Gwynedd College as a workshop technician, responsible for three machine shops. subsequently I was promoted to a lecturer, and I have been in that post for over 40 years. During this period I have been responsible for all EAL level 2 and 3 programmes and City and Guilds engineering courses. I have nearly forty years of experience in FE education across a wide range of levels.
During the last ten years I have worked as a consultant for the City and Guilds on contracts such as developing a new qualification for the Saudi Skills Project. I have also worked as a Moderator and Examiner for City and Guilds and am now a principal moderator for the 1145 Technical series of qualifications.
I believe that I have a wealth of experience in the FE sector and have a solid understanding of developing and delivering a curriculum, quality systems and dealing with awarding bodies.
I have a Certificate in Education (FE), IOSH Managing Safely and all the required TAQA qualifications for assessing and internal verification.
Following a fabrication and welding apprenticeship in engineering and subsequent experience of working in this sector I gained employment as an engineering lecturer at the North East Wales Institute of HE in Wrexham. I have now worked in further education for over 30 years. During that time, I have been employed in a number of roles from lecturer to operating as part of the college senior management team.
I was recently part of the consultancy team that reviewed the engineering and manufacturing qualification and provision for Qualifications Wales, who are responsible for the regulation of general and vocational qualifications In Wales. I also work as a City & Guilds consultant in the review and development of qualifications in the engineering and manufacturing sector.
After many years in education I have a good understanding of curriculum delivery, quality systems and the requirements of external inspection bodies.
I have a Certificate in Education (FE), IOSH Managing Safely, Management NVQ L4 and all the required TAQA qualifications for assessing, internal and external verification.
I followed an engineering and fabrication apprenticeship with Babcock & Wilcox in Tipton and following the completion of my 4-year apprenticeship gained my tradesman indentures. I then spent a further 8 years working on new build and shutdowns on various nuclear and conventional power stations, as well as oil refineries and paper mills.
I then gained employment as a Lecturer in the welding and fabrication department at a further education college. I have now worked at the college for over 32 years and during that time I have been fortunate to build up very good working relationships with numerous employers when carrying out work-based assessments and supporting their apprentices.
After many years lecturing in further education I have a good understanding of curriculum delivery, quality systems, requirements of various external awarding bodies as well as weld inspection companies. My teaching and trade qualifications include, time served apprenticeship, certificate in education (FE), assessor and internal verification, IOSH managing safety.
Following a fabrication and welding apprenticeship and subsequent experience working in the sector, I moved to Middlesbrough where I studied a Higher National Diploma in Welding and Fabrication.
Following the successful completion of my HND, I gained employment within the welding department of a Notified Body, an organisation designated by an EU country to assess the conformity of products before being placed on the market. During my employment I was responsible for quality assurance activities, including the generation of all types of welding documentation (WPS/PQR welder and operator qualifications). I ensured that all documentation met the requirements of the design code, client specification and any other applicable standards.
I was awarded the International/European Welding Technologist qualification (IWT/EWT) by The Welding Institute that led to my approval as a lead auditor. This approval allowed me to audit companies of varying sizes and operating in a range of sectors against the requirements of ISO 3834 ‘Quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials’
During my 10 years working for a certification body I have developed a good understanding of QA/QC requirements in all matters relating to welding.
In 2020 I started LG RWC Ltd where I hope to build the companies reputation by offering a high quality service to support organisations develop and enhance their welding quality requirements.