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College leads the way in EPAs

The end-point assessment (EPA) agenda for civil engineering trade apprenticeships is being spearheaded by Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC) – which is the first in the country to complete EPAs in Formwork and in Steel Fixing.

The EPA is paramount to the achievement of an apprenticeship. It tests the knowledge, skills and behaviours that an apprentice has gained during their training. Unique to each apprenticeship standard, the EPA demonstrates the competence of an apprentice in their role – which is crucial for current and future employers.

The outstanding achievement of being the first provider in the country to complete these EPAs means that all of BTC’s Formwork and Steel Fixing apprentices who have undertaken the EPA have achieved a 100% success rate. The Formwork apprentices are employed by Bylor, and the Steel Fixing apprentices are employed by Laing O’Rourke, Bylor and Berkeley Homes.

The apprenticeships have been delivered at BTC’s state-of-the-art Construction Skills and Innovation Centre (CSIC) in the village of Cannington – a realistic working environment that includes a steel fixing arena, which is really leading the field. CSIC’s team is made up of industry-based professional trainers and assessors who are passionate about delivering the very best training. That is demonstrated by their commitment to working with industry employers, professional organisations and awarding bodies to achieve the best possible outcomes for learners and employers.

BTC has worked with end-point assessment organisations NOCN for Steel Fixing, and Qualifications for Industry (QFI) and major construction supplier Mabey to facilitate the first-ever Formwork EPAs.

That achievement in the field of EPAs demonstrates how BTC works with employers, industry specialists, community organisations and awarding bodies to develop and deliver innovative, accredited training and apprenticeship programmes that fully address the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and industry behaviours that combine to create professional, work-ready individuals.

• For more information about training and apprenticeships at Bridgwater & Taunton College visit www.btc.ac.uk