News and Articles2022-02-25T18:36:43+00:00

PAL Winter Newsletter

November 25th, 2022|

PAL's winter newsletter is now available, containing important information about Christmas and New Year service arrangements, plans for potential winter disruption, as well as the latest EPA news and a selection of insightful press articles from PAL   Click here to read the newsletter!

PAL Announced as Finalist for EPAO of the Year

September 21st, 2022|

Following our successful bid to be named Multi-Standard EPAO of the Year (SME) in the inaugural FAB EPA Award ealier this year, we are delighted to announce that PAL has been confirmed as a finalist for the FAB 2022 awards in the EPAO of the Year category. PAL is honoured to be short-listed alongside fantastic and esteemed end-point assessment organisations.  [...]

PAL Expands EPA Offer to New Sectors

September 7th, 2022|

We are very excited to announce that PAL is now approved to deliver end-point assessment for additional standards in other sectors. PAL is now able to offer EPA for the following apprenticeship standards: Early Years Practitioner Early Years Educator Early Years Lead Practitioner   Customer Service Practitioner Customer Service Speicialist Since 2017, PAL has been refining its EPA offer and [...]

PAL Partners with Association of Apprentices

July 14th, 2022|

We are thrilled to announce that PAL has partnered with the Association of Apprentices (AoA), an apprentice-led community committed to supporting apprentices and organisations involved in apprenticeship delivery. The Association of Apprentices provides access to advice and guidance, helps apprentices build a lifelong professional network and creates opportunities for professional development. Apprentices that are registered with PAL will be eligible [...]

Join us at the AELP National Conference 2022

June 13th, 2022|

We are delighted to announce that PAL will be attending the AELP National Conference on the 27th and 28th of June 2022. Come and see our exhibition stand (stand 35) to find out about all of the latest exciting developments at PAL. In addition, Paul Kelly, PAL's Qualifications Director will be delivering a workshop on day one for conference delegates [...]

PAL Takes Best-in-Class Award at Inaugural FAB EPA Awards

May 20th, 2022|

Further to our recent post about being shortlisted as a finalist at the inaugural Federation of Awarding Bodies EPA Awards, we are absolutely thrilled to share that PAL was judged to be the winner of the Multi-standard EPAO of the Year (SME) category. All category winners and those organisations judged as highly commended will be entered into the FAB [...]

PAL Shortlisted as Finalist for Inaugural FAB EPA Awards

April 22nd, 2022|

We're absolutely delighted to announce that PAL has been shortlisted for the Federation of Awarding Bodies EPA Awards 2022! The awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of end-point assessment organisations over the past year and will take place at FAB's EPA 2022 Conference on the 19th of May. PAL is a finalist in the Multi-Standard EPAO of the Year (SME) [...]

Catherine Large’s speech: Annual Apprenticeship Conference 2022

March 24th, 2022|

Ofqual's Executive Director for Vocational and Technical Qualifications, Catherine Large OBE, delivered a speech at the Annual Apprenticeship Conference 2022. The speech illustrates Ofqual's vision and makes clear their intended approach to collaborative and cooperative working to pursue apprenticeship programme excellence. Ofqual will be robust in its regulations of End-Point Assessment Organisations and is keen to engage and learn from [...]

Maximising the Benefits of Professional Discussion and Minimising Threats to Validity

February 14th, 2022|

This White Paper will review the use of Professional Discussion (PD) as an assessment method and will include an insight into the findings of published academic research, in particular a study by Ahmed, Pollitt & Rose (2009). What is Professional Discussion? This use of PDs has become increasingly significant in End-Point Assessment (EPA) either as a discrete component with [...]

IfATE COVID Flexibilities and Temporary Discretions

February 1st, 2022|

The Institue for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has updated the guidance on the use of flexibilities and temporary discretions for End-point Assessment. For PAL clients, this means: - Temporary discretions that were due to be switched off at the end of February (Retail standards) can now be utilised until midnight on the 31st of March 2022. There has [...]

Reminder: Assessment Flexibilities and Temporary Discretions

October 12th, 2021|

End-point Assessment Arrangements for 2022 At the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic in May 2020, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) introduced a range of assessment flexibilities and temporary discretions to ensure that apprentices were able to progress through EPA safely and complete their programme. The assessment flexibilities relate to all apprenticeship standards. The temporary discretions [...]

Updated Assessment Plans: ST0228 Commis Chef AP02 / STO227 Chef De Partie AP02

October 7th, 2021|

Overview The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has recently published the revised standards and assessment plans for STO227 Chef de Partie and STO228 Commis Chef. The latest version of each assessment plan replaces the previous version, and the plans set out more focused assessment methods and a clearer grading system. The information below provides an overview of [...]

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