What is End Point Assessment and how does it work?


17th Aug, 2023

In recent years, the fashion and retail industry has seen a significant shift in the way apprenticeships are structured and assessed. The introduction of End Point Assessment (EPA) has given learners the opportunity to showcase their skills and knowledge in a real-world setting, providing a more holistic approach to assessing their competency.

End Point Assessment is the final stage of an apprenticeship program, and it involves an independent assessor evaluating the apprentice's knowledge, skills, and behaviours against the apprenticeship standard. With more and more employers in the fashion and retail industry opting to enrol their staff on apprenticeships, understanding EPA is essential to ensure learners get the most out of their course.

The End Point Assessment for fashion and retail apprenticeships will typically consist of three assessment methods:

Practical Observation

The apprentice will be observed in a real work environment undertaking a task that is related to their job role. This could involve anything from designing a garment to creating a marketing campaign, depending on the apprenticeship standard they are being assessed for. The independent assessor will observe the apprentice's practical skills, decision-making, and ability to work effectively in a team. 

Professional Discussion

The professional discussion is an opportunity for the apprentice to showcase their knowledge and understanding of the fashion and retail industry. The discussion will be structured around a set of questions, designed to assess the apprentice's knowledge of topics relevant to their role, such as sustainability, trends or the supply chain. 

Portfolio Review

The apprentice will compile a portfolio of work, which will be reviewed by the independent assessor. The portfolio should demonstrate the apprentice's skills, knowledge, and behaviours against the apprenticeship standard. This could include samples of work, reflective journals, and evidence of professional development.

For employers, End Point Assessment provides a rigorous and independent assessment of an apprentice's competence. This helps to ensure that the apprentice has the skills and knowledge required to succeed in their job role, and that they can make a valuable contribution to the business.

For apprentices, the EPA is an opportunity to utilise all the skills and knowledge they have gained over the course of their apprenticeship to demonstrate their readiness to progress to the next stage of their career.

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