Rotherham-based engineering company AESSEAL joined key members of the Apprenticeship Delivery and Employer Engagement teams of RNN Training for a virtual Engineering Employer Advisory Board; at which the delivery model and end-point assessment (EPA) process for the new Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship were top of the agenda.
The discussion outlined how during the on-programme phase of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will work towards a nationally recognised Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Engineering, alongside additional off-the-job training elements and extra-curricular activities.
It was explained that the on-programme, or training, stage of the apprenticeship will typically last two years, with 18 months dedicated to achieving the mandatory HNC and six months spent acquiring additional knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSB) and preparing for ‘Gateway’ and the end-point assessment (EPA).
The forum also explored and explained the importance of the employer in preparing the apprentice for end-point assessment, and made clear that ultimately the decision of when an apprentice is ready for their end-point assessment sits with the employer.
The discussion then focused on the important supporting role that RNN Training and our partner Colleges will play in ensuring the employers and apprentices are properly prepared and understand what to expect at each stage of the apprentice’s journey.
AESSEAL’s representative at the forum was former Rotherham College student Rob Hobson.
Rob said: “I believe the new Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship and EPA will enable employers to re-engage with their apprentice’s progression. New checks and measures such as ‘KSB Action Points’ and ‘Gateway’ will enable management, mentors or superiors to monitor – in detail – progress at these newly implemented capture points”
RNN Training Senior Skills Consultant Simon Hartley delivered the presentation and chaired the forum.
Simon added: “It’s fantastic to have AESSEAL on-board at this forum. Rob in particular is uniquely positioned, from his relatively recent experience with Rotherham College, to advise on what the engineering industry needs in comparison to what is taught on our apprenticeships and vocational study programmes.
“Ultimately, through these forums and engaging with local employers, we want to ensure that what we deliver and teach meets the need of industry.”