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End Point Assessor - Apprenticeship - Learning Men

Reference
EPA/LM/20202
Contract Type
Permanent
Sector
Education, Media & Communications
Location
London, GBR
Expiry Date
10/07/2020
End Point Assessor - Apprenticeship - Learning Mentor 2020 Reference: EPA/LM/20202 Closing date: 30 September 2020 at midday Independent end-point assessor for Learning Mentor (Level 3) End Point Assessments Overview o...

Job Description

End Point Assessor - Apprenticeship - Learning Mentor 2020

Reference: EPA/LM/20202

Closing date: 30 September 2020 at midday

Independent end-point assessor for Learning Mentor (Level 3) End Point Assessments

Overview of the independent end-point assessor role:

The 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 (IEA) can only undertake end-point assessments of apprentices, with whom they have no conflict of interest. This means they 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 and/or providers if appropriate. 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 for this EPA will be qualified assessors that 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.

Key Accountabilities:

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

? Contribute to the external quality assurance activities undertaken by OFQUAL

Person Specification

Occupational Profile

LMs (Learning Mentors) will have sector-specific experience and qualifications, as determined by their employer or professional body, which they use to guide and advise those who are less experienced and new to a work role. The LM is therefore a ‘dual professional’ having both up-to-date knowledge and skills in a specialist vocational or subject area, together with the generic skills necessary to support learners (as potentially a first step towards a secondary role as an education and training professional).

Background and Experience (essential):

Be occupationally competent in the sector

A minimum of 3 years current and continuous experience in teaching, assessing and internal quality assurance) in Education and Training

Qualified in assessment and quality assurance practice, e.g. D33 Assessors qualification, A1 assessors award or TAQA qualification and V1 qualification (or equivalent)

Hold a current DBS certificate (Applicants applying for this role will will need to hold an Enhanced DBS (with or without a barred list check) that is registered for the update service. Upon submission of an application, the Associate Recruitment team will be in touch to request DBS evidence and supporting documents. For further information on the DBS requirements please read the attached document titled DBS Guidelines for applicants)

Experience of leading meetings/structured interviews/discussions

Experience of complying with quality assurance/regulatory requirements

Evidence of commitment to maintaining CPD, in line with new apprenticeship requirements and the EPA specialism

Knowledge of prevent & safeguarding

Background and Experienc e (desirable):

Experience of making grading judgements

Skills & Knowledge (Essential)

Excellent written, verbal 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

Health and Safety requirements in the workplace:

industry structure and processes

relevant legal and regulatory frameworks

a range of products and services offered within the industry

systems, tools, equipment, machinery and processes used within relevant roles

In-depth knowledge 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

Other requirements

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

About Pearson

Pearson is the world's leading learning company, with 35,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. We put the apprentice at the centre of everything we do, because wherever learning flourishes, so do people. Find out more about how we can help you and your learners at qualifications.pearson.com