EUIAS Shares Expertise Within and Outside Energy & Utilities Sector
Dr Jacqueline Hall, Associate Director of the Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service (EUIAS), was among the select group of guests invited to speak at the annual Institute for Apprenticeships’ (IfA) Annual Conference for End-Point Assessment Organisations (EPAO) recently. The EUIAS team is continuing to drive up its engagement with employers of apprentices and training providers across all sectors in UK industry.
Dr Hall, who has pioneered the development of the EUIAS into a provider of choice for high quality end-point assessment (EPA), spoke on the opportunities and challenges of being a part of a leading EPAO that works on the cutting edge of skills reform.
Dr Hall’s invitation to the event, which was hosted by the IfA and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), came courtesy of EUIAS’ growing reputation as a specialist provider of EPA. The EUIAS is close to reaching the 400-mark of graduating apprentices through EPA.
Dr Hall said: “A key element of our success so far is our close working relationships with employers in the energy and utilities sector. They are two-way relationships in which we strive to offer an excellent service while welcoming guidance and feedback to ensure our Service continues to be fit for the sector’s purpose and supports apprenticeships’ unique position as a vital supply line to address skills shortages.”
The EUIAS is currently providing EPA for apprentices within major utility-based organisations such as E.ON, Electricity North West, Grosvenor, Morrison Utility Services, National Grid, Northern Powergrid, SSE, Severn Trent Water, Siemens, via Search Consultancy, UK Power Networks and United Utilities.
In addition, the EUIAS is also attracting interest from outside energy and utilities – in sectors that carry out engineering maintenance. It has been appointed by the ESFA to deliver EPA for Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician (MOET) – a three-year apprenticeship standard that is accessible to a range of industries.
“This is a very interesting development and one we are very proud of,” continued Dr Hall. “The EUIAS team remains on a mission to continue growing its professional network. Other sectors are realising that our expertise is not limited to the gas, power, waste management and water industries.”
EUIAS’ forthcoming engagements include meeting providers at the Group Training Association (England) to present MOET to employers and providers; also attending the Collab Group’s Conference and Logic Certification’s Annual Forum in June and July respectively.
Dr Hall concluded: “Our reach is increasing and we welcome enquiries from training providers and organisations in all sectors and of all sizes that employ apprentices. We are looking forward to sharing how we could bring our expert end-point assessment service to a wider pool of delivery partners.”
For more information on the EUIAS end-point assessment service, contact Steven Green, EUIAS National Business Development Manager for Apprenticeships, on firstname.lastname@example.org, or 0845 077 99 22 or visit the frequently asked questions page on the EUIAS website.
If you are interested in becoming an end-point assessor, contact Helen Hawkins, EUIAS Quality and Compliance Manager, by emailing email@example.com or calling 07831 605 727.