SLC Operations, trading through The Rail Academy – its specialist train driver training division – is approved to deliver End Point Assessments for the Train Driver Level 3 Apprentice Programme (ST0645).
What is the End Point Assessment?
End Point Assessment (EPA) is the final assessment of an apprentice, who has completed their apprenticeship program of training. They must demonstrate the necessary standard of competence during all stages of their assessment before they can be awarded their qualification.
Rail related End Point Assessments can only be carried out by organisations who have been assessed as capable and competent by the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) or the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). They must be completely independent from both the employer of the apprentice and the apprenticeship training provider.
All Rail Academy / SLC End Point Assessments for the Train Driver Level 3 Apprentice Programme are carried out by licensed, qualified and active train drivers.
The End Point Assessment Process
Pre- Assessment Tasks:
- The apprentice reaches gateway and we are told we have been selected to deliver their EPA by the training provider.
- The apprentice details are sent to our EPA team and reviewed.
- Our EPA team will set a provisional EPA date and an assessor and back-up assessor will be appointed.
- We communicate the provisional date to the training provider and give the apprentice access to the Learning Management System, guidance notes, policies and procedures, and mock materials.
- The assigned assessor will send an online meeting invite to the apprentice.
- Once the apprentice has accepted the invite, the assessor will schedule a call with the apprentice 24 hours before the EPA.
- During this pre-EPA call, the assessor will complete a ‘Pre EPA’ checklist and carry out an IT check with the apprentice. We will upload details to the apprentice’s secure file.
- On the day of the EPA, the assessor will be ready not less than 20 minutes prior to the agreed assessment time.
- They will recount and confirm the assessment plans and inform the apprentice that certain parts of the assessment will be recorded.
- The assessor will complete the ‘fitness for EPA’ checklist with the apprentice and once they are satisfied with the results, the assessor will conduct the EPA which consists of three elements:
- Workplace Observation/Simulation scenarios for Defective on Train Equipment and Emergency Working.
- Professional Discussion
- Online Test
Post Assessment Tasks:
- The assessor will give initial feedback to the apprentice at the time, but will not confirm a pass or fail at that stage.
- The assessor will formally write out and record feedback. This feedback will then be provided to the candidate in line with EPA criteria.
- We will sample and review assessments to ensure consistency and fairness.
- We will upload feedback within 48 business hours.
- We will upload the result to Government gateway and if a pass has been recorded, a certificate will be requested.