As we experience EPA first hand - It is vital that we share our experiences so far with each other! It has truly been a learning experience already and at PAL we want to spread the learning
News and Articles2020-11-11T11:44:27+00:00

COVID-19 – Functional Skills Arrangements for Apprenticeships

May 11th, 2020|

COVID-19 - Functional Skills Arrangements for Apprenticeships A Summary of the Current Guidance and Temporary Flexibilities Information correct as of 15/10/2020 Do apprentices still need English and maths to complete their apprenticeship during the COVID-19 outbreak? Yes.  The requirement to achieve approved maths and English qualifications remains unchanged: Level 2 apprenticeships require achievement of approved Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications [...]

EPA Temporary Substitutions – An Overview of the Requirements

May 6th, 2020|

Assessment Overview- Temporary Substitutions Introduction Following consideration by an IfATE convened task force comprising of the Institute, EPAOs and People 1st, the following temporary substitutions will come into effect for the named assessment plans and assessment methods. These changes are temporary and have been agreed to allow apprentices to be assessed during the Covid-19 outbreak. As the duration of the [...]

EPA Temporary Substitutions – Frequently Asked Questions

May 6th, 2020|

Assessment Substitutions PAL welcomes the recently announced temporary substitutions for some of the Retail and Hospitality assessment plans.  This article answers some of the burning questions around the implementation of the substitutions. What are assessment substitutions? Assessment substitutions have been approved for a range of standards where observation is an essential aspect of the end-point assessment. See the IfATE list [...]

‘Here to Help’ Service Launched to Support the Sector during COVID-19

May 1st, 2020|

At PAL, we have officially launched our 'Here to Help' service to give anybody involved in apprenticeships or WBL access to our team of experts during the COVID-19 outbreak. We thought long and hard about what we have to offer and how we can support the sector at this extraordinary time. This dedicated line is available to all providers, employers [...]

A Guide for Employers and Training Providers. Furlough for Apprentices

April 14th, 2020|

GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS AND TRAINING PROVIDERS How does furloughing apprentices affect their programme of study? This document provides guidance regarding apprenticeship delivery during current working conditions and restrictions as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Information correct at the time of issue 14/04/2020 An overview of furlough Furlough is a new form of leave which the UK Government has made [...]

A Guide for Apprentices. What does furlough mean for you?

April 9th, 2020|

GUIDANCE FOR APPRENTICES As an Apprentice, how does being ‘furloughed’ affect your programme? This document provides guidance for apprentices that have been furloughed Information correct at the time of issue 14/04/2020. What does furlough mean? Furlough is a new form of leave which the UK Government has made available to businesses via its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  Furlough is a [...]

Fact Sheet – Supporting Apprentices During the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 30th, 2020|

Temporary Adjustments in place for End-point Assessment and Clarification on Regulatory Requirements At this time of huge disruption, PAL is advocating an apprentice-focussed approach to ensure individuals do not miss out on important opportunities because of the current COVID-19 situation. To support this approach, we are committed to enabling completion of end-point assessment wherever possible and we are lobbying for [...]

“Super impressed” by Taylor’s apprenticeship, Distinction Grade, and PAL EPA!

March 20th, 2020|

  The family-run Terrace Tapas & Wine Bar in Ilfracombe, Devon, doesn’t just win national awards for its authentic Spanish fare, but also its staff. The 2019 and 2020 Good Food Award-winning eatery’s latest accolade is for its 21-year-old apprentice Taylor Phelps. She has achieved a distinction for her Hospitality Supervisor (Level 3) apprenticeship, specialising in food and beverage. It [...]

Apprentices Must be Confident to Discuss Their Development at EPA

November 7th, 2019|

Contributed by Lucy Smith, Professional Assessor at PAL. End-point Assesment has changed the face of apprenticeships.  Not just in terms of how programmes are delivered, but also in terms of the additional skills apprentices have to develop in order to prove their competence and ability.  Ensuring the apprentice is fully proficient in the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours within the Standard [...]

Proposed Changes to the 2019 Inspection Framework – The Same but Different?

November 2nd, 2018|

By Andrea Bick, National Consultant at Professional Assessment. Acknowledgement to Richard Moore of Richard Moore Solutions It has recently been reported that, from September 2019, Ofsted intends to make changes to the inspection framework. At first glance, much of the information around the changes seem to be focussed on primary and secondary education.  However, the principles are likely to flow [...]

End-point Assessment – Feedback from the Other Side…

October 31st, 2018|

EPA doesn't have to be scary - it's easy when you know how! Here are some of the things we've learnt as we've been delivering EPA: We’ve learnt that employers and apprentices actually LIKE the new standards - they LIKE the fact that they are challenging, they LIKE the fact that hard work and dedication is rewarded, they even [...]

The Importance of Funding Compliance

October 22nd, 2018|

Successful providers must have effective funding compliance and data validation arrangements. My team are proud to be part of a service that is securing learning provision and funding to thousands of learners and their employers. An effective funding compliance regime is not only a source of financial safeguarding and assurance to training provider management, but it is also a sign [...]

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