ISBL and BPN join forces on apprenticeship assessments

BPN and ISBL will work together to assess those taking on school business professional level 4 apprenticeships as of September this year

Best Practice Network (BPN) has joined forces with the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) to provide end-point assessment services for the school business professional level 4 apprenticeship from September 2019.

End-point assessment (EPA) is the assessment process for the new apprenticeship standards in England, developed by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to raise the quality of apprenticeships by responding to the needs of employers.

EPA providers carry out rigorous independent end-point assessments that are essential to give employers confidence that apprentices completing an apprenticeship standard can actually perform in the occupation they have been trained in and can demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the occupational standard.

ISBL will support BPN in the design and development of resources, assessor recruitment and training, the delivery of assessments and the quality assurance of all aspects of the service.

Bethan Cullen, operations director at ISBL said: “There had been a reticence for employers to start apprentices on the new SBP apprentice, without an end-point assessment organisation available, so we are delighted that our partnership with BPN will provide confidence to the sector to use and benefit from this new apprenticeship programme.”

The partners will work nationally with lead assessors in each of the nine government office regions, prioritising local assessment opportunities for apprentices and holding face-to-face assessments at the employers setting and assessment centre days wherever possible.

Dean Boyce, director of CPD and Accreditation at BPN added: “We’re delighted to be appointed as an end-point assessment organisation for this apprenticeship qualification in partnership with ISBL, and to have the expert support of Val Andrew.”

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