End-Point Assessment Organisations independently assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours of apprentices, testing their ability in the workplace. EPAOs are a popular employment choice for education and awarding body professionals. They are in high demand across the U.K., as they’re paid well, the job is often flexible, and you can help lead the charge on reforming the education system. Good End-Point Assessors are impartial and confident in their decisions and able to clearly evidence grading decisions.

If you’re interested making the move from a training provider to an End-Point Assessment Organisation as an Assessor, follow my top 5 tips to include in your application to help you stand out from the crowd.

 

1. Your experience in managing different steps of the assessment process, as well as the programmes and standards you have been involved in.

Identify the key responsibilities in the job description, and tweak your CV and application to use similar language. Think about the processes that you will undertake in the role, and highlight where your experience matches.

Consider:

  • Why the process exists.
  • What it achieves.
  • The transferable skills and experience you can demonstrate.

Be sure to add examples of the assessment process you have been involved in, such as registering candidates, allocating assessors, and certification/results. Make sure you’re looking at the job description to see what they are looking for with this role, and how your own experience links into it.

2. Your working knowledge of regulations and standards relating to Ofqual.

Although most providers won’t be directly regulated by Ofqual, you can reference how you work with awarding organisations and EPAOs to ensure their standards are maintained and processes followed, to ensure Ofqual compliance by proxy.

Describe how you can implement quality assurance processes such as risk management techniques and audits to ensure compliance with regulators, and mention who you are regulated by, eg; EFSA, Ofsted and so on. Again, use the job description to link your experience to what the role is requiring you to do.

3. Your ability to work with learners and centres to gather feedback to improve processes and/or standards.

Go into more depth as to why this is important, as it shows your ability to build and maintain working relationships with multiple customers and stakeholders from different organisations. For example, expand on how it demonstrates that you understand the needs and issues that centres face, and you can recognise trends from the engagement you have had with external stakeholders at all levels. This would also be a good time to pinpoint how you identified and corrected any issues that you faced. You should also include who those relationships are with, such as EPAOs, regulators, different centres if they have multiple sites and so on.

4. Soft skills which would be a benefit to the role and company.

Soft skills include skills such as communications, decision-making, problem-solving, attention-to-detail and much more.

These skills are important, no matter what job you’re applying for. Make sure you can back your statements up with examples where you have used these in current/previous roles. For instance, working with a range of learners, institutions and colleagues likely means that you have had to become adept at a wide range of communication styles; or you have been involved in certain processes requiring a high level of attention-to-detail and problem-solving, sometimes within a short timeframe.

Use the person specification to help shape this point, and keep it relevant to each role.

5. Lastly, don’t forget to show your passion and explain why the EPA and the role are of interest to you.

This helps make your application personable, it shows that you have taken the time to look into not just the role, but the organisation itself. Look at their values, the qualifications they offer, and their social media pages. Adding this detail is important, as it reflects why you would suit this role better than others who apply.

 

End-Point Assessment Organisations are often fun and rewarding places to work. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, contact Polly Mortimer to learn more about what’s involved!


Polly Mortimer is a recruitment consultant specialising in appointing leaders to Awarding Bodies and Skills Organisations. With a drive to help people find their dream job, connect with Polly on LinkedIn or send her an email to chat about the next steps in your career.