UKFT – The Sector’s External Quality Assurance Organisation
The end-point assessment of apprenticeships must be externally quality assured by an outside organisation chosen by the employers who developed the apprenticeship standards. This is to ensure all the tests and results are valid, accurate and reliable across all end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs).
For fashion and textile end-point assessments, UKFT has been asked by employer groups to become the EPAO for the following apprenticeships:
Level 2 Footwear Manufacturer
Level 2 Leather Craftsperson
Level 2 Sewing Machinist
Level 2 Textile Manufacturing Operative
Level 2 Textile Care Services Operative
Level 3 Fashion Studio Assistant
Level 3 Pattern Cutter
Level 4 Fashion and Textiles Product Technologist
Level 5 Bespoke Cutter & Tailor
UKFT will be checking the following key criteria:
Quality and consistency of assessment
Capability of assessors
Effectiveness of internal quality assurance
Management of information including reporting to stakeholders, employers, end-point assessment organisations, training providers and the Institute for Apprenticeships as required.
What employers need to know
Each new apprenticeship assessment plan has to set out how the external quality assurance process will work. This is a requirement of the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) who have to sign off the chosen arrangement.
External quality assurance is carried out on the end-point assessment organisations to ensure consistency and quality for all apprentices and their employers.
UKFT will charge £44 (+ VAT if applicable) per apprentice entering end-point assessment. This charge is to cover our costs and is a non-profit making exercise.
The cost is payable by the end-point assessment organisation at no additional cost to employers.