End Point Assessor - Apprenticeship Operations/Departmental Manager
End Point Assessor - Apprenticeship Operations/Departmental Manager
Overview of the independent end-point assessor role
Government has introduced a requirement that all apprenticeships contain an end-point assessment (EPA) which is a holistic assessment of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour (KSBs) that have been learnt throughout the apprenticeship. This is to make sure that apprentices meet the rigorous standard set by employers and are fully competent in the relevant occupation. Pearson must provide employers with the confidence that completing an apprenticeship means an individual is fully job-ready and that all apprentices, following the same standard, are assessed consistently, regardless of where they are undertaking their apprenticeship or who they are doing it with.
An independent EPA means that those making a decision on the competency of the apprentice have nothing to gain from the outcome of the assessment. To maintain independence within the scope of this EPA, an independent end-point assessor can only undertake end-point assessments of apprentices, with whom they have no conflict of interest. This means they must not have been involved in the on-programme training, assessment, or line management of such apprentices.
The end-point assessments will be conducted onsite, on dates agreed with employers and/or providers if appropriate. Independent end-point assessors (IEAs) will record and submit the EPA outcomes, with clear justifications for the grading decisions. EPA activities will be quality assured by Pearson quality assurance representatives.
IEAs will meet the occupational profile of the apprentices they are assessing and will be trained, standardised and approved to operate as IEAs. The IEAs will undertake EPAs in line with the associated apprenticeship assessment plan and the materials provided by Pearson. Please see the below Key Accountabilities and Person Specification sections for further details.
The IEA will:
Take part in regular training and standardisation activities, associated with the role of IEA for this EPA
Maintain and provide evidence of ongoing, relevant Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
Assess the performance of candidates in accordance with published assessment and grading criteria and procedures, ensuring overall standards are maintained
Follow the protocols set out in Pearson’s specifications, assessment materials and quality assurance protocols, relating to the EPAs
Maintain service-level agreements with regards to responding to EPA planning, operational activities, reports and submissions of assessment outcomes
Report all risks and issues encountered during the end-point assessment to Pearson, including any suspected malpractice/maladministration
Ensure all EPA reports and assessment evidence are high quality and recorded accurately
Support Pearson, if necessary, with any appeals from apprentices, regarding assessment decisions
Raise any conflicts of interest, including in relation to the independence of assessment
Ensure that any personal actions are completed, as required by Pearson
Contribute to the continuous improvement of Pearson’s end-point assessment activities.
Occupational Profile : 1 An operations/departmental manager is someone who manages teams and/or projects, and achieving operational or departmental goals and objectives, as part of the delivery of the organisations strategy. They are accountable to a more senior manager or business owner. Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, specific responsibilities and job titles will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same. Key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring. Roles may include: Operations Manager, Regional Manager, Divisional Manager, Department Manager and specialist managers.
Background and Experience (essential):
Evidence of assessing staff or learner competence, at the level or above of the EPA
Hold or be working towards an assessor qualification (e.g. A1, TAQA etc)
Experience of leading meetings/structured interviews/discussions
Current experience of leadership and management within a range of types and sizes of organisation
Evidence of CPD, in line with the EPA specialism
Experience of complying with quality assurance/regulatory requirements
Profile drawn and adapted from Apprenticeship Standard for Operations/Departmental Manager, which was approved 1st June 2016, reference: ST0385. Usage under the terms of the Open Government Licence. Visit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence
Only UK based candidates will be considered for this role due to requirements
Minimum of two working days during the week will be required for EPA role.
Background and Experience (desirable):
To hold an appropriate relevant leadership and management qualification at a minimum of a Level 6 (or equivalent)
Registered as a Chartered Manager Full member of the Chartered Management Institute and/or the Institute of Leadership & Management
To hold, or be working towards an internal quality assurance qualification
Experience of working in more than one industry/sector
Experience of making grading judgements
Knowledge of prevent & safeguarding
Skills & Knowledge (Essential)
Excellent written, verbal, IT and interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively respond to conflicts
Flexibility to understand and respond to the individual needs and circumstances of employers/apprentices
Sufficient and relevant technical knowledge of:
Relevant legal and regulatory frameworks
A range of products and services offered within the sector
Systems, tools and processes used within relevant role
Excellent understanding of the associated apprenticeship standard, assessment plan, specification, assessment instruments and recording tools
Ability to assess, free from bias
Ability to assess and report risks
Ability to meet deadlines
Any applicant undertaking this role will be expected to:
Have personal IT equipment capable of running Pearson required software
Have a suitable broadband connection, Microphone, Headphones and a webcam
Have a personal and secure email account
Have a postal address in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey Isle of Man
Have the right to work in the UK
Allow additional time for travel, when making EPA arrangements
Once you have submitted your application, please send your CV, CPD and relevant certificates to email@example.com.
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