From this year all the new apprentices will be on standards and each one will have to go through End Point Assessment (EPA) with an independent assessor. With over 700,000 apprentices on programme in 2018-19, it is not surprising that many people are considering this as new career option.
So, if you are interested in this, how do you find possible jobs?
- Google search – a simple starting point but many of the jobs are advertised online and this can bring up several recruitment websites with EPA jobs advertised on them such as Reed, Indeed. It’s worth checking the dates the vacancies were listed to ensure they are still likely to be recruiting. If the website tells you who the employer (End Point Assessment Organisation) is, then you can visit their website for more information.
- End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAO) who employ the independent assessors usually also advertise their own job vacancies online on their websites. Again, Google can find these or if you have the names of some EPAOs a direct search of their website can be a good way to see what they have available.
- LinkedIn often advertised EPA jobs and we would recommend making sure your profile is up to date in case any prospective employers decide to ‘check you out’ in advance. Once you have search EPA vacancies on LinkedIn you can save the search so that you get notification alerts when new EPA roles are added.
- We think checking out the list of approved EPAO is a great way to find out which EPAO are offering your sector standards. Once you have this information you can check their websites and see how many opportunities there are. It’s easy of navigate and filter on your own sector.
- Using the EPAO list is also useful if you work in a more specialist industry or sector as you can see if anyone is currently offering EPA for this standard and approach them directly.
At the moment, most EPAOs seem to be looking for freelance assessors but some are moving towards salaried posts, particularly in the most popular standards.
Remember, many of the standards are newly added to the approved list and there may be a delay as new enrolments work towards the end of their apprenticeship and become ready for EPA. In some sectors the apprentices are very new and will need some time to build up their numbers so remember to ask the EPAO what the workload is likely to be now and in the next 12 months to get an idea of the volume of work you may receive.
We wish you every success in your search to become an Independent EPA Assessor and take the next step in this rewarding career.
If you would like to learn more about becoming an Independent Assessor, please contact Best for Training on 01702 770030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to gain the Highfield Level 3 Award in Undertaking End Point Assessment, book online or contact Best for Training for further details.