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External quality assurance

The end-point assessment of all apprenticeships must be externally quality assured to ensure that they are valid, consistent and reliable across end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs).

The hospitality, retail, aviation and travel sectors have chosen the employer-led external quality assurance approach which is managed on behalf of employer-led boards by People 1st International.

People 1st International is an external quality assurance body approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA).

We have implemented a quality model for the external assurance process that involves a number of supporting elements to ensure an evidence based approach is taken. This aim is to provide assurance that the end-point assessment methods designed, developed and delivered by EPAOs are fit for purpose, holistic, reliable, deliverable, cost effective and independent. Part of the quality model involves the risk based monitoring of EPAOs by People 1st.

On-line EQA system

An online system to manage the external quality assurance process is in place and access will be provided to all approved end-point assessment organisations.

Common approaches and test specifications

Common approach guidance, incorporating the test specifications as referenced in the assessment plans, are available to approved end-point assessment organisations on an individual apprenticeship standard basis. End-point assessment organisations will access these resources directly through the online system. Additionally, end-point assessment organisations are requested to contact eqa@people1st.co.uk and the documents will be provided by email. The contents of these documents remain sensitive and their contents must not be shared outside of the end-point assessment organisation.


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Frequently asked questions

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EQA employer-led model

We're approved by the IfATE as an external quality assurance provider of apprenticeship end-point assessment to deliver one of the first ever models of employer-led external quality assurance.

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Approved end-point assessment organisations

Over 20 end-point assessment organisations have been approved to carry out end-point assessment across hospitality, retail, travel and aviation.

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EQA portal

An online system to manage the external quality assurance process is in place and access is provided to all approved end-point assessment organisations.

Access the EQA portal