200 apprentices – another milestone passed for the Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service

200 apprentices – another milestone passed for the Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service

Ben Mitchelmore of E.ON was among the first in England to complete the Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer Apprenticeship Standard.

The Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service has achieved another milestone: now over 200 apprentices have passed through its end-point assessment service.

Having reached the 100 mark in July 2017, the Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service has now more than doubled those numbers. The graduates have all taken up employment in the sector with the likes of Electricity North West, Morrison Utility Services, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks, E.ON and UK Power Networks.

Dr Jacqueline Hall, Associate Director of the Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service, said: “The Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service is the first assessment organisation in the sector to achieve this, so this is both a great achievement and an encouraging start because our sector is strategically important to the UK economy. It is important to add that there are over 2,000 apprentinces who have commenced an apprenticeship within energy and utilities.

“These numbers give us reason to celebrate and as more apprentices proceed towards their end-point assessment, we will maintain our high standards to keep quality at the heart of the Service.”

Apprentices can only graduate once they have completed an end-point assessment that has been completed by an independent organisation that is on the Education and Skills Funding Agency Register of End-point Assessment Organisations, once the employer is satisfied that each apprentice has met the criteria. End-point assessments demonstrate that the apprentice is work-ready, safe, skilled and competent.

The Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service was established to deliver rigorous and robust apprenticeship end-point assessment services specifically to the sector, having first gained the support of employers.

The result is an independent assessment service which not only meets government quality standards but also secures qualified apprentices who can competently do the job they have trained for.

The Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service provides end-point assessment for nine of the 11 new ‘Trailblazer’ standards in England, developed in conjunction with sector employers across the gas, water, power and waste industries.

Passing the 200-mark is the latest in a series of ground-breaking achievements by the Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service: It also delivered end-point assessment services for the first achiever and the first female engineer achiever at level 2 on the English apprenticeship standards.

Image: Ben Mitchelmore of E.ON was among the first in England to complete the Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer Apprenticeship Standard.