About Us

1st for EPA is on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations (RoEPAO).

Our mission is to support apprentices to succeed in their apprenticeship. We do this by making the EPA process easy, providing apprentices with all the support needed to go through EPA and complete their apprenticeship.

By ensuring apprentices are fully equipped to carry out their role, we are supporting employers to create a workforce fit for the future.

Why choose us as your EPAO?

Here’s why employers and training providers choose 1st for EPA as their end point assessment organisation (EPAO):

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    Support and guidance

    Full guidance and support is given to apprentices – We’ve created resources that prepare apprentices for EPA so they know what to expect and are ready for their final assessment.

  • EPA Guidance

    Knowledge base

    with guidance, mocks and templates for each apprenticeship standard.

  • Experienced assessors icon

    Experienced assessors

    All our assessors are experts in the subject they assess. They understand the demands of the apprenticeship and the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to be successful.

  • Friendly team icon

    Friendly team

    Friendly team to answer all your questions.

  • Remote EPA for EPA

    Remote EPA

    and flexible booking for apprentices anywhere in England.

  • We use ACE360

    to manage and schedule EPA

How we work

We have a simple process for EPA. We make information available to employers and training providers. When an employer selects us, we sign a contract with the training provider. An Account Manager is assigned to deliver training and give support through the EPA process. We have a comprehensive knowledge base, which includes guidance, mocks, templates and more to prepare every apprentice for EPA.

Registrations and bookings are easy – we use ACE360 to manage the EPA process and create an audit trail.

We make EPA simple, with guidance every step of the way for apprentices, training providers and employers.

How does EPA work?

  • The apprentice’s employer chooses an end point assessment organisation (EPAO), often with the help of their training provider.

  • The training provider registers the apprentice with the EPAO, giving an expected date for EPA.

  • The apprentice completes Gateway and schedules their EPA.

  • 1st for EPA provides full support and guidance to help the apprentice prepare for EPA.

  • EPA is carried out with a qualified assessor.

  • 1st for EPA carries out quality checks, then notifies the apprentice of their results and claims their completion certificate from the ESFA.

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