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We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in our application to deliver End Point Assessment (EPA) for the Mineral Processing Mobile & Static Plant Operator Apprenticeship (Level 2)

The New Apprenticeship System

The new Apprenticeships are predominantly delivered in the workplace and designed to ensure that apprentices have the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to effectively and consistently work to national standards. The apprenticeships: 

  • are developed by Employers as part of a Trailblazer Development group (hence why they are often known as ‘Trailblazer’ Apprenticeships)
  • are based on a standard against which apprentices must demonstrate knowledge, behaviours and skills
  • have an end point assessment that, when deemed ready by their employer, the apprentice must complete and must be assessed by an independent assessor - EPA assessor - and in most instances this will be graded
  • last, at least, 12 continuous months
  • will require the demonstration of Maths and English skills.

Unlike the old apprenticeships, apprentices under this new system do not always have to undertake a qualification, although this is a requirement in some areas. MP Awards does not have a say on how the apprenticeships are structured; the design principles come primarily from the Institute of Apprenticeships and are tailored for our sector by MP Futures and industry employers.

End Point Assessments

The new apprenticeships means that the apprentice has to undertake an ‘end point assessment’ (EPA). Prior to moving on to the EPA, the employer will confirm that they feel the apprentice is ready to do so. The EPA can only be undertaken with an approved End Point Assessment organisation. MP Awards is currently applying to become one of these organisations.

The apprentice will undertake a series of assessments with an independent EPA assessor who will determine if they are competent and which grade of apprenticeship they should be awarded. They must pass all of the different assessments to achieve their apprenticeship. If they fail, depending on the apprenticeship, they will have to retake either the whole end point assessment or just the part they failed. The assessments vary from sector-to-sector but often contain a practical assessment, a knowledge test and a professional discussion.

MP Awards as an End Point Assessment (EPA) Organisation

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application to become an End Point Assessment (EPA) organisation for the following ‘Trailblazer’ Apprenticeship:

  • Mineral Processing Mobile & Static Plant Operator Apprenticeship (Level 2)

For further information please do not hesitate to contact our Head Office: 0115 972 6121 | info@mpawards.co.uk

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