• Tendering process launched for organisation to provide external quality assurance (EQA) for apprenticeship assessments on behalf of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
  • Closing date for tendering process is 26 February


The Institute has launched a tender for organisations to provide quality assurance for apprenticeships assessments on our behalf.

Open Awards has held the contract to deliver this EQA service since August 2017. A public tender has now been launched inviting bids from organisations that could take this on until 2021.

 A spokesperson for the Institute said:

“We have begun the process for procuring a supplier to deliver a high-quality EQA service on behalf of the Institute from April 2019.  This will ensure continuity of quality assurance provision for apprentices and employers.”

The estimated contract dates would be from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2021.

The closing dates for bids to be submitted is 26 February.


For background:

External Quality Assurance ensures that assessment of apprentices is being delivered effectively and consistently and is fit for purpose. 

Trailblazers – employers who collectively propose a new apprenticeship standard – select one of four options to deliver EQA for that standard: an employer-led group, a professional body, Ofqual, or the Institute for Apprenticeships. 

Interested organisations can register an interest here.