We are all, in Apprenticeship Land, very familiar with the concept of End-point Assessment, or EPA. Originally devised by Matthew Hancock as part of his far-reaching apprenticeship reforms, the principle of EPA was intended to put some integrity into the overall value of apprenticeships. By separating the body that undertook the final decision regarding whether or not the apprentice had ‘passed’ their apprenticeship, from the organisation that had delivered the training, it was hoped that apprenticeships would be more highly valued.
We all anticipate the appoint of a new Skills Minister with some trepidation! Who is it going to be? Do they have any background in FE? Politically are they on their way up or down!? Well from my viewpoint Anne Milton has made a very positive start. Her very first speech at the recent AELP Conference revealed that she is determined to sort out some of the often-farcical mistakes of the last few months. In her first few days she has: