End Point Assessor - Apprenticeship Operations/Departmental Manager 2020
Closing date: 30 September 2020 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 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:
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):
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
Background and Experience (desirable):
Skills & Knowledge (Essential)
Sufficient and relevant technical knowledge of:
Any applicant undertaking this role will be expected to:
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