1st for EPA is on the Apprenticeship Providers and Assessment Register (APAR).
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.
This has many wider benefits for apprentices, employers and the economy.
We’re a Certified B Corp
We’re an award-winning EPAO!
• Telegraph & NatWest 100 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch 2022 (MD, Helen Shinner)
• Best New Business 2022 (Tees New Business Awards)
• Best Services Business 2022 (Tees New Business Awards)
• Small Business of the Year 2022 (Tees Businesswomen Awards)
• Best New Business 2021 (Tees Businesswomen Awards)
As a company, we want to do good. Here are our values:
We support training providers, apprentices, and employers so they know about EPA and what it involves. Transparency is key.
We make it clear what apprentices will be expected to demonstrate in their EPA.
Quality and integrity
We strive to do the right thing. We are Ofqual recognised and maintain a reviewing approach to ensure our assessment is fair, valid, and reliable.
We consider the mental health and wellbeing of the apprentices we work with, and encourage providers and employers to do the same.
Most of our assessment is remote, and we encourage employers to choose remote assessment where possible. This reduces the impact we have on the environment through travelling and CO2 emissions.
Throughout our business and operations, we aim to have a material positive impact on both society and the environment. This is a key consideration in all decisions.
Why choose us as your EPAO?
Here’s why employers and training providers choose 1st for EPA as their end point assessment organisation (EPAO):
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.
with guidance, mocks and templates for each apprenticeship standard.
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 to answer all your questions.
and flexible booking for apprentices anywhere in England.
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 completes Gateway and schedules their EPA.
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 emails the apprentice their results and claims their completion certificate from the ESFA.
The standards we assess
Business Administrator End Point AssessmentLevel 3
1st for EPA offers End Point Assessment for the level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship standard. With our detailed guidance and friendly team, we offer support to give apprentices all the tools they need to succeed in EPA. Learn more about our business admin end point assessment below, or contact us today for more information.
Business Analyst EPALevel 4
We provide Business Analyst EPA for version 1.1 of the level 4 apprenticeship standard. Our independent assessors are professional business analysts with extensive experience in the field. 1st for EPA works with training providers and employers to help your apprentices succeed. The role of a Business Analyst appeals to employers in all sectors. As a leading end point assessment organisation (EPAO), we support providers and apprentices through the EPA process. If you have Business Analyst apprentices, book a chat today to find out what support we offer.
Content Creator EPALevel 3
1st for EPA offers End Point Assessment for the Content Creator level 3 apprenticeship standard. We have apprentice guidance, training provider feedback and much more to support you through EPA.
Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioner EPALevel 4
We provide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioner EPA for the level 4 apprenticeship standard. At 1st for EPA, we have a team of experienced assessors offering full support to help your apprentices succeed. The role of a corporate responsibility and sustainability practitioner is complicated and diverse. Still, with our experience in EPA, you can ensure your apprentices are competent and supported to propel their career. To learn more, book a 30-minute chat with our friendly team to discuss our services further and find out how we work with you to provide efficient and comprehensive EPA solutions.
Data Analyst End Point AssessmentLevel 4
1st for EPA assesses the level 4 Data Analyst apprenticeship standard. Full guidance, templates and toolkits are available.
Data Technician End Point AssessmentLevel 3
1st for EPA offers EPA for the level 3 Data Technician apprenticeship standard. Join us for full guidance, employer overviews, provider feedback and more.
Digital Marketer End Point AssessmentLevel 3
1st for EPA offers Digital Marketer End Point Assessment for the level 3 apprenticeship standard. With great guidance, blogs and videos, we provide apprentices with everything they need to succeed.
HR Consultant/Partner End Point AssessmentLevel 5
At 1st for EPA, we offer quality End Point Assessment for Human Resources apprenticeships. Our remote EPA is made in line with the HR Consultant apprenticeship standard, and we have a team of experienced assessors and fantastic resources to help your apprentices succeed. Contact us for a 30-minute chat, and we can discuss your HR consultant apprenticeship EPA questions.
HR Support End Point AssessmentLevel 3
Are you seeking a comprehensive and efficient end point assessment for HR apprenticeships? 1st for EPA can help. We offer end point assessments for the HR Support level 3 standard. Our team has developed support materials, videos and activities to give apprentices all the tools they need to succeed. Get in touch with a member of our expert and friendly team for a 30-minute chat to learn more about why we are the best choice to take your apprenticeships to the next level.
Junior Content Producer End Point AssessmentLevel 3
1st for EPA offers End Point Assessment for the Junior Content Producer level 3 apprenticeship standard. Guidance, feedback and mocks are available to support apprentices, employers, and training providers.
Marketing Assistant End Point AssessmentLevel 3
1st for EPA offers End Point Assessment for the Marketing Assistant level 3 apprenticeship standard. Here at 1st for EPA, we provide apprentices and training providers with all the guidance and support they need to succeed in their marketing EPA.
Marketing Executive End Point AssessmentLevel 4
1st for EPA offers Marketing Executive End Point Assessment for the level 4 apprenticeship standard. We provide apprentices and providers with all the guidance they need to succeed in their EPA.
Marketing Manager End Point AssessmentLevel 6
1st for EPA offers Marketing Manager End Point Assessment for the level 6 apprenticeship standard. We support employers and training providers to help their apprentices succeed.
PR and Communications Assistant End Point AssessmentLevel 4
1st for EPA offers End Point Assessment for the Public Relations and Communications Assistant level 4 apprenticeship standard. We provide full guidance to support apprentices, employers and training providers through EPA.
Senior Leader EPALevel 7
End point assessment for Senior Leader. At level 7, this is a degree-level apprenticeship. 1st for EPA provides EPA for both versions 1.0 and 1.1 of the Senior Leader apprenticeship standard. Our independent assessors have occupational expertise as well as experience with apprenticeships and extensive training in assessment. 1st for EPA works with training providers and employers to help your apprentices succeed in their EPA. On completion, qualified Senior Leaders go on to lead their respective teams to success and grow their organisations. We help Senior Leader apprentices complete the last hurdle of their apprenticeship – the end point assessment.
Senior People Professional EPALevel 7
1st for EPA offers Senior People Professional End Point Assessment for the level 7 apprenticeship standard. We have experienced EPA assessors and offer support, guidance, blogs, and videos, to help apprentices succeed.