Highfield Assessment

About Highfield Assessment

Highfield Assessment is one of the UK's leading end-point assessment organisations, approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). We work with some of the UK's most established brands to ensure apprentices receive a fair, consistent and reliable end-point assessment (EPA) as part of their apprenticeship programme.

We provide apprenticeship end-point assessment services to businesses right across the country, as well as information, guidance and materials to help prepare apprentices for their assessments.

To date, we’ve already assessed thousands of apprentices across the several standards we’re approved by the ESFA to deliver EPA for, covering everything from retail to aviation.

Welcome to the new world of apprenticeships and assessment

If you work in a business that currently employs (or is looking to employ) apprentices, then the chances are you’ve heard of end-point assessment, or EPA to put it more simply.

EPA is the new method of assessment for apprentices who are studying one of the recently introduced apprenticeship standards.

You’ll be especially aware of EPA if you work for an organisation that has to pay into the apprenticeship levy. After all, the levy is your money, and if you don’t use it, you lose it.

So, Highfield is here to help. We can make sure you claim what is rightfully yours, and most importantly, get as much value from every penny of your money, whether you claim funding or pay into the levy.

Why choose Highfield?

We believe we are the number one end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) in the country, and were rated ‘5 stars’ by FE Week, the leading publication in the apprenticeship sector.

To date, we’ve already assessed thousands of apprentices across several of the standards we’re approved to deliver end-point assessment (EPA) for, in sectors as diverse as retail, health and social care, aviation, rail, and catering and hospitality.

We’ve also worked with some of the biggest and best-known brands in the UK, who’ve come to trust and rely upon us.

So why are we increasingly the go-to choice for businesses that are serious about making the most of their funding?

We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to

We can offer your business a full range of assessment services, support and advice to help you and your apprentices achieve your goals.

This all stems from our unbeatable offer and complete assessment service, which includes:

  • assessment resources and guidance
  • engagement with external quality assurance organisations
  • training and standardisation for assessors to ensure fair, consistent and reliable assessments
  • our own dedicated employer engagement team
  • a simple scheduling process with a scheduling team on hand to support you
  • a digital dashboard that tracks every point of a learner’s journey, allowing you to gather data, generate reports and action tasks
  • most importantly, our understanding of both apprentice and employer requirements

All of which adds up to thousands of happy apprentices, training providers and employers!

What is end-point assessment? EPA is the way in which apprentices are assessed at the end of their programme. Previously, apprentices were continuously assessed throughout their learning. With EPA, apprentices now have their work and competence assessed at the end of their learning, against ‘apprenticeship standards’ established by groups of employers, educators and sector organisations known as ‘apprenticeship trailblazers’.

How does EPA work? What an apprentice is assessed on is determined by something called the ‘assessment plan’. This is produced by the trailblazer group (the same group that defines what apprentices should learn).  Assessment plans focus on the knowledge, skills and behaviours (or the ‘KSBs’) that an apprentice will have learned during their training. The KSBs can be evaluated by a variety of assessment activities including examinations, assignments, interviews or observations at work. The assessment plan for each apprenticeship standard makes it clear which methods need to be used during assessment.

When does the EPA take place? Before EPA, apprentices must complete their on-programme training. They must also complete all the mandatory aspects of the apprenticeship standard they are learning, as well as any other work specified that will be assessed. This second part is known as ‘gateway’. Once gateway has been achieved, the apprentice can be put forward for their EPA by their employer or training provider.

Who carries out the EPA? An independent end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) must be involved in the EPA of each apprentice, so that all apprentices following the same standard are assessed consistently. 

Selecting an EPAO The EPAO must be chosen by the employer and be an organisation that sits on the Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations that is approved deliver EPA in the apprenticeship standard being taken by their apprentice.

Unless stated otherwise by the assessment plan, employers cannot select an apprentice’s training organisation to be the EPAO. 

Apprenticeship standards we cover We’re approved for over 30 individual apprenticeship standards, making us one of the leading EPA providers in the country. To take a look at what we’re approved for, go to our Standards page.