Greater Brighton Metropolitan College apprentices succeed with EPA Plus

Apprentices at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (MET) are celebrating success after successfully completing end-point assessment with NCFE’s EPA Plus. MET delivers Level 2 and 3 CACHE apprenticeship standards Early Years Educator, Adult Care Worker, Healthcare Support Worker and Teaching Assistant as well as NCFE’s Level 4 in Associate Project Manager. These are delivered as part of a work-based learning programme to over 800 apprentices across its five campuses.

EPA Plus offers both NCFE and CACHE standards across a variety of a sector and subject areas, which is supported by sector expertise, guidance documents and proactive service.

Claire Gehlig, Head of Apprenticeships at MET, commented: “Our learners come from very diverse backgrounds, across multiple sectors and varying skill sets. As a local college we cover quite a large area and range of qualifications and standards. We’ve been working with our employers and learners to switch to the new apprenticeship standards and EPA Plus have been supportive through this.

“A number of our learners are in the final stages of their apprenticeships and quite a few have already achieved end-point assessment success. We have found the EPA Plus team very helpful and supportive in ensuring the timely completion of end-point assessment, which has supported the wellbeing of learners and reduced any anxious feelings they may have faced.”

EPA during lockdown

With COVID-19 having a substantial impact on education in recent months, it has been a testing time for providers, employers and apprentices. Claire commented that “During lockdown EPA Plus have been very supportive with weekly webinars, regular updates to minimise the disruption to learners’ apprenticeships and their end-point assessment. The systems, processes and documents are clear, easy to use and accessible. It’s great that the EPA Plus team communicates directly with learners, which reduces the risk of information being lost between us as the provider and the learner”.

Supporting apprentices

EPA Plus aim to provide a service which is reliable, client and quality focused. Claire stated “For our apprentices who are undertaking apprenticeships with large, levy employers, securing employment within the organisation after completing of the apprenticeship is the goal. EPA Plus supports apprentices to gain these permanent positions by ensuring they have all the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for the role. In some cases, we’ve found that learners progress to a Team Leader role and start the next apprenticeship.

“Our Early Years employers are familiar with the CACHE brand and this gives them confidence in us as we use EPA Plus. We’re growing our offer of Teaching Assistant standards as we’ve found this is an area in the market which has high demand for local authorities to deliver this in their schools.”

“With EPA Plus as our EPA provider, we’re able to show learners and their employers up front the range of tools available to support them to achieve their standard.”

“As we’ve had such a great experience with EPA Plus over the past 6 months, we’ve already discussed with our larger employers to switch some of the business standards to EPA Plus. I would highly recommend NCFE EPA Plus to other providers for their quality and service.”

Susan Goldstein, Head of Client Relationships at EPA Plus comments “End-point assessment offers an opportunity for apprentices to showcase the knowledge, skills and behaviours they have developed during their apprenticeship. It supports employer confidence to offer long term employment and further career development to staff who have successfully completed their apprenticeship and EPA.EPA Plus are proud to have played a part in helping Greater Brighton Metropolitan College to successfully transition to apprenticeship standards and congratulate every one of their apprentices who have achieved well-earned success.”

Visit our end-point assessment webpages to find out more about CACHE standards: