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Apprenticeship - Customer Services - End Point Ass

Reference
End_Point_Assessor
Contract Type
Permanent
Sector
Education, Media & Communications
Location
London, GBR
Expiry Date
28/09/2018
Apprenticeship - Customer Services - End Point Assessor Reference: EndPointAssessor Closing date: 31 October 2018 at midnight Overview of the independent end-point assessor role: Government has introduced a requirement tha...

Job Description

Apprenticeship - Customer Services - End Point Assessor

Reference: EndPointAssessor

Closing date: 31 October 2018 at midnight

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 he/she must be independent of the registered apprenticeship training provider at which the apprentice completed their on-programme element, and 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. Independent end-point assessors 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. Independent end-point assessors will be trained, standardised and approved to operate as independent end-point assessors. The independent end-point assessors will undertake EPAs in line with the associated apprenticeship assessment plan, and the materials provided by Pearson.

Key Accountabilities

The independent end-point assessor will:

  • Take part in regular training and standardisation activities, associated with the role of independent end-point assessor 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
  • Arrange and travel to EPA appointments
  • 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
  • Contribute to the external quality assurance activities undertaken by Ofqual

Person Specification

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 working within a front line role related to delivering service related functions directly to customers (for a minimum of two years)
  • Current experience of working within a customer service role in a range of settings/environments (for a minimum of two years)
  • Evidence of commitment to maintaining CPD, in line with the EPA specialism
  • Experience of complying with quality assurance/regulatory requirements

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