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Mine management

Key information

  1. Status: Approved for delivery
  2. Reference: ST1309
  3. Version: 1.0
  4. Level: 6
  5. Degree: integrated degree
  6. Typical duration to gateway: 48 months
  7. Typical EPA period: 6 months
  8. Maximum funding: £24000
  9. Route: Engineering and manufacturing
  10. Date updated: 27/10/2022
  11. Approved for delivery: 29 September 2022
  12. Lars code: 687
  13. EQA provider: Office for Students
  14. Review:

    This apprenticeship standard will be reviewed after three years

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Apprenticeship summary

Overview of the role

Lead and manage underground mining operations.

Occupation summary

This occupation is found in underground mining operations across the whole of the UK mining sector. The occupation is relevant to small and large operations, and applicable regardless of the mineral produced. The employers range in size from large multi-nationals, employing more than 10,000 people to small privately owned operations who employ fewer than 10 people. Apprentices will have transferrable skills that can be used across organisations, these organisations are not limited to mine operations, but can expand to include key suppliers, specialist consultants and those with the responsibilities for other services such as mines rescue (required under Regulation 53 of the Mines Regulations 2014)

The broad purpose of the occupation is to lead and manage underground mining operations, in a way that is safe, sustainable, ecologically, and socially acceptable, recognising the essential part that these raw materials have on maintaining and improving the fabric of society and everyday lives. This includes ensuring the operation is managed in line with strict regulatory requirements using appropriate technical mining competencies. Underground mine management is managing the extraction of minerals from mines for commercial purposes. 

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a range of internal departments and individuals. These can include safety managers, production managers, development managers, transport and infrastructure managers, product preparation or processing managers, finance managers, HR managers, owners or directors, shafts and winding engineers, engineering managers and mechanical engineering or electrical engineering functions. The occupation can also include interaction with specialist roles (for example geotechnical engineering, ventilation engineering, geologists and surveyors), ensuring that necessary support and advice is available and utilised as part of the mine planning and safe operating process. The apprentice may also be required to interact with various external organisations, such as suppliers (including specialist service organisations), trade organisations, engineering service providers, engineering manufacturers, regulators, and the emergency services. In this role the apprentice would be both office and site based within the mine on a frequent basis.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the management of a highly regulated major hazard sector for people, projects, operations, and the hazards which are unique to an underground environment to deliver long term organisational business success, with the professional recognition of their ability to deliver impact, whilst acting in a sound ecological and socially acceptable way.

Typical job titles include:

Engineer manager Head of operations Head of technical services Mine manager Operations engineering manager Operations manager Operations superintendent Planning manager Principal mining engineer Production manager Production superintendent Shift manager Shift superintendent Technical services manager

Duties

  • Duty 1 Lead in securing the safety and health of all persons and operations at the site through the exercise of management, supervision, inspection, leadership, teamwork, the application of technical mining competencies and suitable and sufficient risk assessment to ensure regulatory compliance with the Safety at Work Act, Mines Regulations 2014 and other relevant legislation and guidance.
  • Duty 2 Identify and implement changes within their function that supports the achievement of organisational objectives in line with a suitable change management process.
  • Duty 3 Ensure the life of mine plan is adequately developed, incorporating stakeholder input and ensuring that the plan considers the sustainability of the operation, giving adequate consideration of sequencing, resourcing, engineering, and capital required to deliver in an ecologically sound, environmentally sustainable way.
  • Duty 4 Manage the delivery of the organisational objectives to meet defined operational, technical, financial and time parameters.
  • Duty 5 Complete vetting and reviews of others employed in the organisation to ensure only suitably qualified and competent persons are appointed to the management structure and those persons maintain their professional currency.
  • Duty 6 Ensure that a range of information is recorded in sufficient detail to demonstrate that any management duties are effectively being discharged.
  • Duty 7 Ensure that the facilities and equipment used as part of the mining and preparation process are adequately scoped using where appropriate the latest technologies to ensure that they allow for safe construction and remain safe whilst in operation or undergoing maintenance activities.
  • Duty 8 Plan and manage schemes that ensure that equipment is installed to an agreed standard and is commissioned and recorded as part of the planned maintenance scheme prior to use, and then subjected to a defined inspection and maintenance regime to ensure it remains safe for use.
  • Duty 9 Ensure that the product is produced to the required customer specification and quality.
  • Duty 10 Manage the planning, implementation and testing of robust and effective emergency arrangements and ensure that relevant persons are trained to implement the emergency arrangements.
  • Duty 11 Consult and engage with communities or other interested parties to ensure they are engaged and informed of the mining operation and that the environment is protected.

Apprenticeship summary

ST1309, mine management level 6


This is a summary of the key things that you – the apprentice and your employer need to know about your end-point assessment (EPA). You and your employer should read the EPA plan for the full details. It has information on assessment method requirements, roles and responsibilities, and re-sits and re-takes.

What is an end-point assessment and why it happens

An EPA is an assessment at the end of your apprenticeship. It will assess you against the knowledge, skills, and behaviours (KSBs) in the occupational standard. Your training will cover the KSBs. The EPA is your opportunity to show an independent assessor how well you can carry out the occupation you have been trained for.

Your employer will choose an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) to deliver the EPA. Your employer and training provider should tell you what to expect and how to prepare for your EPA. 

The length of the training for this apprenticeship is typically 48 months. The EPA period is typically 6 months.

The overall grades available for this apprenticeship are:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

When you pass the EPA, you will be awarded your apprenticeship certificate.

EPA gateway

The EPA gateway is when the EPAO checks and confirms that you have met any requirements required before you start the EPA. You will only enter the gateway when your employer says you are ready.



The gateway requirements for your EPA are:

  • achieved English and mathematics qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules
  • for the project with report, presentation and questioning, the project's title and scope must be agreed with the EPAO and a project summary submitted

  • for the professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence, you must submit a portfolio of evidence

  • passed any other qualifications listed in the occupational standard

For the mine management, the qualification required is:

BEng (Hons) Mining Engineering and Management



Assessment methods








Project with report



You will complete a project and write a report. You will be asked to complete a project. The title and scope must be agreed with the EPAO at the gateway. The report should be a maximum of 6500 words (with a 10% tolerance).

You will have 12 weeks to complete the project and submit the report to the EPAO.




You need to prepare and give a presentation to an independent assessor. Your presentation slides and any supporting materials should be submitted at the same time as the project output. The presentation with questions will last at least 60 minutes. The independent assessor will ask at least 5 questions about the project and presentation.




Professional discussion




You will have a professional professional discussion with an independent assessor. It will last 75 minutes. They will ask you at least 6 questions. The questions will be about certain aspects of your occupation. You need to compile a portfolio of evidence before the EPA gateway. You can use it to help answer the questions.






The EPAO will confirm where and when each assessment method will take place.

Who to contact for help or more information

You should speak to your employer if you have a query that relates to your job.



You should speak to your training provider if you have any questions about your training or EPA before it starts.

You should receive detailed information and support from the EPAO before the EPA starts. You should speak to them if you have any questions about your EPA once it has started.


Reasonable adjustments


If you have a disability, a physical or mental health condition or other special considerations, you may be able to have a reasonable adjustment that takes this into account. You should speak to your employer, training provider and EPAO and ask them what support you can get. The EPAO will decide if an adjustment is appropriate.


Professional recognition

This apprenticeship aligns with Incorporated Engineer (IEng) for Institute of Minerals, Mining and Metallurgy

Please contact the professional body for more details.

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Details of the occupational standard

Occupation summary

This occupation is found in underground mining operations across the whole of the UK mining sector. The occupation is relevant to small and large operations, and applicable regardless of the mineral produced. The employers range in size from large multi-nationals, employing more than 10,000 people to small privately owned operations who employ fewer than 10 people. Apprentices will have transferrable skills that can be used across organisations, these organisations are not limited to mine operations, but can expand to include key suppliers, specialist consultants and those with the responsibilities for other services such as mines rescue (required under Regulation 53 of the Mines Regulations 2014)

The broad purpose of the occupation is to lead and manage underground mining operations, in a way that is safe, sustainable, ecologically, and socially acceptable, recognising the essential part that these raw materials have on maintaining and improving the fabric of society and everyday lives. This includes ensuring the operation is managed in line with strict regulatory requirements using appropriate technical mining competencies. Underground mine management is managing the extraction of minerals from mines for commercial purposes. 

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a range of internal departments and individuals. These can include safety managers, production managers, development managers, transport and infrastructure managers, product preparation or processing managers, finance managers, HR managers, owners or directors, shafts and winding engineers, engineering managers and mechanical engineering or electrical engineering functions. The occupation can also include interaction with specialist roles (for example geotechnical engineering, ventilation engineering, geologists and surveyors), ensuring that necessary support and advice is available and utilised as part of the mine planning and safe operating process. The apprentice may also be required to interact with various external organisations, such as suppliers (including specialist service organisations), trade organisations, engineering service providers, engineering manufacturers, regulators, and the emergency services. In this role the apprentice would be both office and site based within the mine on a frequent basis.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the management of a highly regulated major hazard sector for people, projects, operations, and the hazards which are unique to an underground environment to deliver long term organisational business success, with the professional recognition of their ability to deliver impact, whilst acting in a sound ecological and socially acceptable way.

Typical job titles include:

Engineer manager Head of operations Head of technical services Mine manager Operations engineering manager Operations manager Operations superintendent Planning manager Principal mining engineer Production manager Production superintendent Shift manager Shift superintendent Technical services manager

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the apprenticeship, however some candidates that undertake this apprenticeship will have most likely worked at other levels within the organisation and are ready to progress as part of a longer-term succession plan, however other candidates will be new entrants to the sector, who would typically come from a STEM background at A-Level or equivalent.

Occupation duties

Duty KSBs

Duty 1 Lead in securing the safety and health of all persons and operations at the site through the exercise of management, supervision, inspection, leadership, teamwork, the application of technical mining competencies and suitable and sufficient risk assessment to ensure regulatory compliance with the Safety at Work Act, Mines Regulations 2014 and other relevant legislation and guidance.

K3 K4 K5 K8 K11 K12 K14 K17 K18 K24 K27

S1 S4 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10 S14 S17 S20

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B7 B8

Duty 2 Identify and implement changes within their function that supports the achievement of organisational objectives in line with a suitable change management process.

K6 K7 K8 K11 K13 K15 K20 K21 K22 K24 K25 K27

S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S9 S11 S12 S13 S19

B1 B2 B3 B4 B7

Duty 3 Ensure the life of mine plan is adequately developed, incorporating stakeholder input and ensuring that the plan considers the sustainability of the operation, giving adequate consideration of sequencing, resourcing, engineering, and capital required to deliver in an ecologically sound, environmentally sustainable way.

K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K11 K16 K23 K27

S1 S2 S3 S5 S6 S11 S13 S14 S15 S19

B3 B5 B7 B8

Duty 4 Manage the delivery of the organisational objectives to meet defined operational, technical, financial and time parameters.

K16 K20 K21 K22 K23 K24 K28

S3 S6 S11 S14 S15 S16 S17 S18 S19

B3 B6 B8

Duty 5 Complete vetting and reviews of others employed in the organisation to ensure only suitably qualified and competent persons are appointed to the management structure and those persons maintain their professional currency.

K1 K21 K24 K25

S7 S14

B1 B3 B5 B6 B8

Duty 6 Ensure that a range of information is recorded in sufficient detail to demonstrate that any management duties are effectively being discharged.

K1 K7 K10 K11 K12 K13 K18

S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S13 S18 S19

B2 B4

Duty 7 Ensure that the facilities and equipment used as part of the mining and preparation process are adequately scoped using where appropriate the latest technologies to ensure that they allow for safe construction and remain safe whilst in operation or undergoing maintenance activities.

K4 K6 K9 K13 K17 K22

S4 S6 S8 S10 S12 S13 S14 S15 S19 S20

B1 B4

Duty 8 Plan and manage schemes that ensure that equipment is installed to an agreed standard and is commissioned and recorded as part of the planned maintenance scheme prior to use, and then subjected to a defined inspection and maintenance regime to ensure it remains safe for use.

K1 K7 K9 K10 K12 K13 K14 K22

S10 S11 S12 S14

B2

Duty 9 Ensure that the product is produced to the required customer specification and quality.

K4 K7 K9 K10 K22 K25 K28

S12 S13 S14 S15 S16 S19

B7

Duty 10 Manage the planning, implementation and testing of robust and effective emergency arrangements and ensure that relevant persons are trained to implement the emergency arrangements.

K8 K11 K12 K14 K15 K16 K22 K25 K26 K27

S2 S4 S7 S8 S10 S15

B1 B4 B8

Duty 11 Consult and engage with communities or other interested parties to ensure they are engaged and informed of the mining operation and that the environment is protected.

K19 K20 K22 K23 K25

S4 S10 S13 S14 S15 S16 S19

B2 B5


KSBs

Knowledge

K1: The mining life cycle including the key regulations, standards and guidance that influence the design, construction and operations and closure of mining operations. Back to Duty

K2: Physical geology on the mine environment, including the physical properties of rock, soil and mineral deposits and the impact of weathering, plate tectonics and geomorphic features. Back to Duty

K3: The impact of structural geology, including features such as dip, faulting, rock strength and the principles of elasticity. Back to Duty

K4: Design principles of mines and layout including geology and geomechanics, layout, size and position of mine entries and roadways, and the systems and equipment used for extraction and mine support. Back to Duty

K5: Stress analysis in the mine environment, including the means of measuring pre-mining stress, induced mining stress and stress redistribution. Back to Duty

K6: Types of support systems, considering the design, intended life, suitability of support systems and strata reinforcement. Back to Duty

K7: Rock mechanics and the impact on mine design and the surrounding environment. Back to Duty

K8: The influence and requirements of mechanical and electrical engineering principles and procedures have on the safe, efficient operation of the mine. Back to Duty

K9: Mine surveying techniques for measuring and mapping of mine workings, including the recording of information and the use of analytical measures to verify the results. Back to Duty

K10: Mineral preparation, processing, and waste management techniques including the use of separation techniques, methods of concentrating and further refining, the handling and transport of bulk solids and the safe, sustainable disposal of mineral waste and tailings. Back to Duty

K11: How to design the operation to extract the reserves in a legislatively compliant, economic, ecological, sustainable, and socially acceptable manner. Back to Duty

K12: The influence and requirements of legislation on the principles of risk management and the methods that are used to deal with major and occupational hazards, operational, safety, health, financial and environmental risks. The evaluation and implementation of appropriate control measures to reduce risk to As Low as Reasonably Practicable (ALARP). Back to Duty

K13: The principles of major hazard control, and the impact that preventative and mitigating control failure had have on elevating the propensity for mine disasters. Back to Duty

K14: The principles of scenario planning to recognise the factors that influence the implementation of mine emergency plans including suitable considerations for self-escape and the use of mines rescue. The use of data collected through simulated exercises to improve the planned response. Back to Duty

K15: The factors controlling the planning and deployment of automated and digital technologies in mine environments to improve operational efficiency, productivity, safety and sustainability. Back to Duty

K16: The different stages of projects including the principles of planning, scheduling, and sequencing to ensure effective life of mine plans. The ways of managing, influencing, and controlling outcomes. through the application of project management techniques. Back to Duty

K17: Underground mining management principles, including the role that mine ventilation systems and ventilation techniques have on the release and presence of toxic, noxious, and explosive gasses through the mining process. The generation and control of inhalable and respirable dust and increased levels of heat and humidity. Back to Duty

K18: The mine environment and the impact that it has on operational performance, safety, and long-term health of employees. Back to Duty

K19: The principles of mine closure and legacy risk management. Back to Duty

K20: The impact of a mining operation through its life cycle using the principles of asset integrity, environmental and social impact assessment methodologies and the application of current industry best practice to support an environmentally robust and sustainable operation. Back to Duty

K21: Financial and economic strategies, including budgets, financial management and accounting. The influence of commodity prices, feasibility studies, financial reports incorporating cash flow, capital, profit and loss. Back to Duty

K22: Approaches to costing and procurement, contracting, sales, marketing, and the route to market, including consideration of any legal requirements. Back to Duty

K23: Communication techniques, including written, verbal, nonverbal and digital, and different types of interpersonal skills including questioning and listening. Back to Duty

K24: Different, inclusive leadership styles and models, how to develop diverse teams and support people using coaching and mentoring. Back to Duty

K25: Approaches to stakeholder, customer, and supplier management. Back to Duty

K26: Time management, how to set SMART targets, prioritise activities and undertake forward planning in a business environment. Back to Duty

K27: Data analysis techniques used to examine complex and interacting issues, to assist in developing appropriate solutions solving and support the decision-making process. Back to Duty

K28: How to develop and implement operational strategy and plans including approaches to identify and classify mineral reserves. Back to Duty

Skills

S1: Specify the system for supporting the excavation, using information such as the characteristics of the geology, rock formations, data from modelling and measurements taken. Back to Duty

S2: Undertake the mine design process, incorporating elements such as mine layout, roadway design, scheduling, resourcing and ventilation. Determine the impact that these decisions have on the safe, efficient, and sustainable operation of the mine. Back to Duty

S3: Undertake mine surveys and use the information to evaluate mine development against the agreed layout and design. Back to Duty

S4: Collect, analyse and use data from mining and asset management systems to review the impact of the operation, using outputs to improve safety, sustainability and the efficiency and effectiveness of mining systems. Back to Duty

S5: Develop and implement operational mine plans that have SMART targets and are supported by key performance indicators. Back to Duty

S6: Use project management and planning techniques. Allocate resource requirements. Monitor progress towards project goals and identify corrective actions. Back to Duty

S7: Identify and utilise risk assessment techniques appropriate for the identified hazards such as major mining hazards with the use of Bowtie methodology. Use these techniques to identify and implement key controls and use safety performance indicators to monitor the effectiveness of those controls. Back to Duty

S8: Plan and manage emergency arrangements, including simulated exercises. Determine the effectiveness of those emergency arrangements, and to inform potential improvements. Back to Duty

S9: Undertake ventilation surveys such as measuring airflow, heat and dust to identify how the mine environment is being maintained. Back to Duty

S10: Identify the statutory and company requirements for monitoring and maintaining records and plans and complete a suitable audit and evaluation to ensure compliance. Back to Duty

S11: Manage and adapt budgets and control expenditure. Review and produce financial reports that provide analysis and draw conclusions on financial risk and evaluation of short and long term mine strategies. Back to Duty

S12: Review quality control standards and ensure that these are effectively and consistently applied and where necessary take corrective action. Back to Duty

S13: Communicate with colleagues, stakeholders and other interested parties using a range of different methods and techniques, challenging, influencing, and negotiating where appropriate. Back to Duty

S14: Build teams, empower, mentor, coach, motivate and delegate to others, providing clear guidance and ensuring inclusivity. Back to Duty

S15: Developing others; taking account of diversity, equality and inclusivity. Back to Duty

S16: Work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including regulators (Health and Safety Executive), customers, suppliers, and trade unions. Back to Duty

S17: Manage and lead others including conflict management. Back to Duty

S18: Plan and manage own time. Back to Duty

S19: Use evidence-based tools, qualitive and quantitative analysis techniques to demonstrate an ethical approach to problem solving and making decisions that improve the safety, operational and environmental performance of the underground operation. Back to Duty

S20: Specify the machinery and equipment to support the overall safety and production. Back to Duty

Behaviours

B1: Act as a role model and advocate for health and safety across the team. Back to Duty

B2: Act as a role model and advocate environmental, ethical, and sustainable practices. Back to Duty

B3: Collaborate and promote teamwork across disciplines. Back to Duty

B4: Adapt and is resilient to challenging or changing situations. Back to Duty

B5: Lead by example to promote accessibility, diversity and inclusion. Back to Duty

B6: Commit to their own and support others’ professional development. Back to Duty

B7: Take responsibility for their own actions and challenge the behaviours and actions of others. Back to Duty

B8: Recognise the limits of their capabilities and authorisation and work to those limits. Back to Duty


Qualifications

English and Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Other mandatory qualifications

BEng (Hons) Mining Engineering and Management

Level: 6 (integrated degree)

Professional recognition

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • Incorporated Engineer (IEng) for Institute of Minerals, Mining and Metallurgy
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End-point assessment plan

V1.0

Introduction and overview

This document explains the requirements for end-point assessment (EPA) for the mine management apprenticeship. End-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) must follow this when designing and delivering the EPA.

Mine management apprentices, their employers and training providers should read this document.

An approved EPAO must conduct the EPA for this apprenticeship. Employers must select an approved EPAO from the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s Register of end-point assessment organisations (RoEPAO).

A full-time apprentice typically spends 48 months on-programme (this means in training before the gateway) working towards competence in mine management. All apprentices must spend at least 12 months on-programme. All apprentices must complete the required amount of off-the-job training specified by the apprenticeship funding rules.

This EPA has 2 assessment methods.

The grades available for each assessment method are:

Assessment method 1 - project with report, presentation and questioning:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

Assessment method 2 - professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence:

  • fail
  • pass

The result from each assessment method is combined to decide the overall apprenticeship grade. The following grades are available for the apprenticeship:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

EPA summary table

On-programme (typically 48 months)
The apprentice must complete training to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) of the occupational standard.

The apprentice must complete training towards English and maths qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules. This includes those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement. British sign language (BSL) qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for those who have BSL as their primary language.

The apprentice must complete training towards any other qualifications listed in the occupational standard.

The qualification(s) required are:



Completed and passed all credit carrying modules of the BEng (Hons) Mining Engineering and Management apart from the final module which will form the EPA.

The apprentice must compile a portfolio of evidence.

End-point assessment gateway
The employer must be content that the apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard.

The apprentice’s employer must confirm that they think the apprentice:

  • is working at or above the occupational standard in mine management
  • has the evidence required to pass the gateway and is ready to take the EPA

The apprentice must have passed any other qualifications listed in the mine management occupational standard ST1309.

The qualification(s) required are:

Completed and passed all credit carrying modules of the BEng (Hons) Mining Engineering and Management apart from the final module which will form the EPA.

The apprentice must have achieved English and mathematics qualifications (including those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement) as specified by the apprenticeship funding rules. British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for those who have BSL as their primary language.

For the project with report, presentation and questioning, the apprentice must submit the following supporting material: project title and scope requirements. To ensure the project allows the apprentice to meet the KSBs mapped to this assessment method to the highest available grade, the EPAO should sign-off the project’s title and scope at the gateway to confirm it is suitable. A brief project summary must also be submitted to the EPAO. It should be no more than 500 words. This needs to show that the project will provide the opportunity for the apprentice to cover the KSBs mapped to this assessment method. It is not assessed.

For the professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence the apprentice must submit a portfolio of evidence.

The apprentice must submit any policies and procedures as requested by the EPAO.

End-point assessment (typically 6 months)
Grades available for each assessment method:

Project with report, presentation and questioning

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

  • fail
  • pass

Overall EPA and apprenticeship can be graded:

    • fail
    • pass
    • distinction
Professional recognition
This apprenticeship aligns with Incorporated Engineer (IEng) for Institute of Minerals, Mining and Metallurgy.

The apprenticeship will either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for registration at this level.







Re-sits and re-takes



  • Re-take and re-sit grade cap: pass
  • Re-sit timeframe: typically 2 months
  • Re-take timeframe: typically 4 months

Duration of end-point assessment period

The EPA will be taken within the EPA period. The EPA period begins when the EPAO confirms the gateway requirements are met and is typically 6 months.

The expectation is that the EPAO will confirm the gateway requirements are met and the EPA begins as quickly as possible.

EPA gateway

The apprentice’s employer must confirm that they think their apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard. The apprentice will then enter the gateway. The employer may take advice from the apprentice's training provider(s), but the employer must make the decision.

The apprentice must meet the gateway requirements before starting their EPA.

These are:

  • achieved English and mathematics qualifications (including those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement) as specified by the apprenticeship funding rules. British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for those who have BSL as their primary language.
  • Completed and passed all credit carrying modules of the BEng (Hons) Mining Engineering and Management apart from the final module which will form the EPA.
  • for the project with report, presentation and questioning the apprentice must submit: project title and scope requirements

To ensure the project allows the apprentice to meet the KSBs mapped to this EPA method to the highest available grade, the EPAO should sign-off the project’s title and scope at the gateway to confirm it is suitable. A brief project summary must also be submitted to the EPAO. It should be no more than 500 words. This needs to show that the project will provide the opportunity for the apprentice to cover the KSBs mapped to this EPA method. It is not assessed.

  • for the professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence the apprentice must submit: portfolio of evidence

Portfolio of evidence requirements:

The apprentice must compile a portfolio of evidence during the on-programme period of the apprenticeship. It should only contain evidence related to the KSBs that will be assessed by this assessment method. It will typically contain 15 discrete pieces of evidence. Evidence must be mapped against the KSBs. Evidence may be used to demonstrate more than one KSB; a qualitative as opposed to quantitative approach is suggested.

Evidence sources may include:

  • safety documentation, such as Bowtie risk assessments
  • workplace policies, documentation, procedures and records, such as geotechnical assessments, ground control and other rules that underpin the safe running of the operation
  • witness statements
  • annotated photographs
  • video clips (maximum total duration 10 minutes); the apprentice must be in view and identifiable

This is not a definitive list; other evidence sources can be included.

The portfolio of evidence should not include reflective accounts or any methods of self-assessment. Any employer contributions should focus on direct observation of performance (for example, witness statements) rather than opinions. The evidence provided should be valid and attributable to the apprentice; the portfolio of evidence should contain a statement from the employer and apprentice confirming this.

The EPAO should not assess the portfolio of evidence directly as it underpins the discussion. The independent assessor should review the portfolio of evidence to prepare questions for the discussion. They are not required to provide feedback after this review.

The apprentice must submit any policies and procedures as requested by the EPAO.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods can be delivered in any order.

The result of one assessment method does not need to be known before starting the next.

Project with report, presentation and questioning

Overview

A project involves the apprentice completing a significant and defined piece of work that has a real business application and benefit. The project must start after the apprentice has gone through the gateway. It gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method.

The project must meet the needs of the employer’s business and be relevant to the apprentice’s occupation and apprenticeship. The EPAO must confirm that it provides the apprentice with the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method to the highest available grade. The EPAO must refer to the grading descriptors to ensure that projects are pitched appropriately.

This assessment method has 2 components:

  • project with a project output
  • presentation with questions and answers

Rationale

This EPA method is being used because in this occupation reports and presentations are commonly used in the workplace and this is a typical method of delivering project outcomes. The method was selected as it provides the opportunity to demonstrate a range of knowledge, skills, and behaviours that are usually demonstrated in a complex project environment and other assessment methods would be unsuitable due to the length of time the project takes to complete.

The further rationale for this assessment is:

  • it is a holistic assessment method, allowing the apprentice to demonstrate KSBs in an integrated way
  • it allows for a range of mine management activities to be demonstrated
  • it provides a cost-effective assessment, as it minimises independent assessor time and makes use of the apprentice’s employer’s workplace, equipment and resources, and should contribute to workplace productivity

Component 1: Project with a project output

Delivery

The project with report, presentation and questioning must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method to the highest available grade.

The apprentice’s project will be based on a typical mine management project, some example projects could include:

  • scope and recommendations for a new mine
  • an extension to an existing mine
  • an optimisation of a mining operation that requires a full re-appraisal of all reserve and resource data

To ensure the project allows the apprentice to meet the KSBs mapped to this assessment method to the highest available grade, the EPAO should sign-off the project’s title, scope and summary at the gateway to confirm it is suitable.

The project output must be in the form of a report.

The apprentice must start the project after the gateway. They must complete and submit the report to the EPAO by the end of week 12 of the EPA period. The employer should ensure the apprentice has the time and resources, within this period, to plan and complete their project. The apprentice must complete their project and the production of its components unaided.

The apprentice may work as part of a team to complete the project which could include technical internal or external support. However, the project output must be the apprentice’s own work and reflective of their own role and contribution. The apprentice and their employer must confirm that the project output(s) is the apprentice’s own work when it is submitted.

The report must include at least:

  • an executive summary (or abstract)
  • an introduction
  • the scope of the project (including key performance indicators, aims and objectives)
  • a project plan
  • research outcomes
  • data analysis outcomes
  • project outcomes
  • discussion of findings
  • recommendations and conclusions
  • references
  • appendix containing mapping of KSBs to the report. Other appendices could include Bowtie risk assessment, mine layout plans, ventilation and geotechnical assessments, engineering design and specifications.

The project report has a word count of 6500 words. A tolerance of 10% above or below the word count is allowed at the apprentice’s discretion. Appendices, references and diagrams are not included in this total. The project report must map, in an appendix, how it evidences the KSBs mapped to this assessment method.

Component 2: Presentation with questions

Delivery

In the presentation with questions the apprentice delivers a presentation to an independent assessor on a set subject. The independent assessor must ask questions following the presentation. This gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method.

The apprentice must prepare and submit their presentation speaker notes and supporting materials. The independent assessor must ask questions after the presentation. The presentation must include:

  • an overview of the project
  • the project scope (including key performance indicators and aims and objectives)
  • summary of actions undertaken by the apprentice
  • project outcomes and how these were achieved

The apprentice must prepare and submit their presentation speaker notes and supporting materials to the EPAO at the same time as the report by the end of week 12 of the EPA period.

The apprentice must notify the EPAO, at that point, of any technical requirements for the presentation. During the presentation, the apprentice must have access to:

  • audio-visual presentation equipment
  • flip chart and writing and drawing materials
  • computer
  • any other requirements as previously notified to the EPAO

The independent assessor must have at least 2 weeks to review the project output(s), presentation speaker notes and supporting materials, to allow them to prepare questions. 

The EPAO must give the apprentice at least 7 days notice of the presentation with questions.

The apprentice must deliver their presentation to the independent assessor on a one-to-one basis.

The independent assessor must ask questions after the presentation.

The purpose of the independent assessor's questions will be

• to seek clarification on the report or presentation

• to assess the depth and breadth of knowledge, skills and behaviours

• to assess those KSBs that the apprentice did not have the opportunity to demonstrate during the project, although these should be kept to a minimum.

The presentation and questions must last 60 minutes. This will typically include a presentation of 25 minutes and questioning lasting 35 minutes. The independent assessor can increase the total time of the presentation and questioning by up to 10%. This time is to allow the apprentice to complete their last point or respond to a question if necessary.

The independent assessor must ask at least 5 questions. They must use the questions from the EPAO’s question bank or create their own questions in-line with the EPAO’s training. Follow up questions are allowed where clarification is required.

The independent assessor must use the full time available for questioning.

The independent assessor must make the grading decision. The project components must be assessed holistically by the independent assessor when they are deciding the grade.

The independent assessor must keep accurate records of the assessment. They must record:

  • the KSBs demonstrated in the report and presentation
  • the apprentice’s answers to questions
  • the KSBs demonstrated in answers to questions
  • the grade achieved 

Assessment location

The presentation with questions must take place in a suitable venue selected by the EPAO (for example the EPAO’s or employer’s premises).

The presentation with questions should take place in a quiet room, free from distractions and influence.

The presentation with questioning can be conducted by video conferencing. The EPAO must have processes in place to verify the identity of the apprentice and ensure the apprentice is not being aided.

Question and resource development

The EPAO must develop a purpose-built assessment specification and question bank. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. The EPAO should maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting employers. The assessment specification and question bank must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.  

The assessment specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs mapped to this assessment method. The EPAO must ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this.

The EPAO must ensure that the apprentice has a different set of questions in the case of re-sits or re-takes.

EPAO must produce the following materials to support the project with report, presentation and questioning:

  • independent assessor EPA materials which include:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
    • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and the employer

The EPAO must ensure that the EPA materials are subject to quality assurance procedures including standardisation, training, and moderation.

Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Overview

In the discussion, an independent assessor and apprentice have a formal two-way conversation.

The apprentice can refer to and illustrate their answers with evidence from their portfolio of evidence. It gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate their competency across the KSBs mapped to this EPA method.

Rationale

The rationale for this assessment method is:

• it allows for assessment of KSBs that do not occur on a predicable or regular basis and may not naturally be assessed as part of the project

• it allows for testing of responses where there are a range of potential answers

• it is cost effective, as apart from a venue, it does not require additional resources.

Delivery

The professional discussion must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this EPA method to the highest available grade.

The purpose of the independent assessor's questions will be to assess the depth and understanding of the apprentice's knowledge and skills, and to ensure that all mapped knowledge, skills and behaviours are assessed.

The EPAO must give an apprentice at least 2 weeks notice of the professional discussion.

The independent assessor must have at least 2 week(s) to review the supporting documentation.

The apprentice must have access to their portfolio of evidence during the professional discussion.

The apprentice can refer to and illustrate their answers with evidence from their portfolio of evidence, however the portfolio of evidence is not directly assessed.

The professional discussion must last for 75 minutes. The independent assessor can increase the time of the professional discussion by up to 10%. This time is to allow the apprentice to respond to a question if necessary.

For the professional discussion, the independent assessor must ask at least 6 questions. Follow-up questions are allowed. The independent assessor must use the questions from the EPAO’s question bank or create their own questions in-line with the EPAO’s training. The professional discussion must allow the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this EPA method at the highest possible grade.

The independent assessor conducts and assesses the professional discussion.

The independent assessor must keep accurate records of the assessment. The records must include the KSBs met, the grade achieved and answers to questions.

The independent assessor will make all grading decisions.

Assessment location

The professional discussion must take place in a suitable venue selected by the EPAO (for example the EPAO’s or employer’s premises).

The professional discussion can be conducted by video conferencing. The EPAO must have processes in place to verify the identity of the apprentice and ensure the apprentice is not being aided.

The professional discussion should take place in a quiet room, free from distractions and influence.

Question and resource development

The EPAO must write an assessment specification and question bank. The specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs shown in the mapping. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. The EPAO should maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting employers. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this. The assessment specification and questions must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.

The EPAO must develop purpose-built question banks and ensure that appropriate quality assurance procedures are in place, for example, considering standardisation, training and moderation. EPAOs must ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard.

The EPAO must ensure that apprentices have a different set of questions in the case of re-sits or re-takes.

The EPAO must produce the following materials to support the professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence:

  • independent assessor assessment materials which include:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
    • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and employer

Grading

Project with report, presentation and questioning

Fail - does not meet pass criteria

Theme
KSBs
Pass
Apprentices must demonstrate all the pass descriptors
Distinction
Apprentices must demonstrate all the pass descriptors and all of the distinction descriptors
Project management
K16 K26 S6 S18

Selects and applies project management techniques to plan, manage and execute the project on time. Manages the organisation of tasks, people and resources to achieve the project brief. (K16, K26, S6, S18)

 

Critically analyses potential contingencies to mitigate the effects of forecasted problems and incorporates them into the project plan. (S6)

Communication
K23 S13

Selects and applies written, verbal, nonverbal and digital communication techniques appropriate to the audience when dealing with colleagues, stakeholders and other interested parties to meet the project brief. Adapts their style to manage challenging situations, for example influencing and negotiating. (K23, S13)

 

Critically evaluates the impact of their selection of communication techniques on project outcomes.  (K23, S13)

Sustainable mine design and technical engineering principles
K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K11 K15 K19 K20 K27 S1 S2 S5 S20

Applies the principles of mine design and layout to the project, justifying the impact that the design has on the safe, efficient, and sustainable operation of the mine. (K4, S2)

Summarises how their design incorporates SMART targets supported by key performance indicators, complies with legislative guidance, is economical, ecological, sustainable, and socially acceptable and follows the principles of mine closure and legacy risk management. (S5, K11, K19)

Applies and evaluates mining methods and analyses geological and geotechnical data to develop and specify ground support systems appropriate to the project brief. (K2, K3, K5, K6, K7, K27, S1)

Explains mechanical and electrical engineering principles and procedures used in the design of mines and how they impact on safe and efficient operation. (K8)

Specifies the machinery, equipment and systems including digital technologies to support the overall safety, sustainability and production throughout the mine life-cycle. (K15, K20, S20)

 

Critically compares the safe, efficient and sustainable operation of their mine design with alternative solutions. (K4, S2)

Analyses the benefits of digital tools in the mine environment. (K15)

Critically evaluates the suitability of alternative support systems for the project solution using geological and engineering data and research. (K6, K27, S1)

 

 

Cost management
K21 S11 B8

Applies financial and economic strategies such as taxation, royalties, cashflow analysis, present value to managing and adapting budgets and expenditure within their authorisation limits and in line with the project brief. (K21, S11, B8)

 

 

Critically evaluates strategies to determine risks to the project or business. (K21, S11)

Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Fail - does not meet pass criteria

Theme
KSBs
Pass
Apprentices must demonstrate all the pass descriptors
Resource characterisation and development
K1 K9 K10 K17 K22 K28 S3 S9 S12

Analyses the development and implementation of operational strategies and plans including approaches to identify and classify mineral reserves. (K28)

Evaluates strategies for costing and procurement, contracting, sales, marketing, and the route to market, including consideration of any legal requirements. (K22)

Articulates the techniques for mine surveying and how information is recorded and utilised to evaluate mine development against the agreed layout and design. (K9, S3)

Critically evaluates the role that mine ventilation systems and ventilation techniques play in the maintenance of the underground environment with reference to ventilation survey data. (K17, S9)

Summarises the application of quality control standards to meet customer specifications and requirements with reference to mineral preparation, processing and waste management techniques and taking corrective action when necessary. (K10, S12)

Evaluates the regulations, standards and guidance that influence the design, construction and operations and closure of mining operations. (K1)

 

 

 

Health and safety, environmental and continuous improvement
K12 K13 K14 K18 S4 S7 S8 S10 S19 B1 B2 B4

Articulates how they identify mine hazards, including major mining hazards, and how they put in place preventative and mitigating barriers to control and mitigate those hazards, evaluating their effectiveness in line with legislative requirements. (K12, K13, S7, B1)

Analyses the planning and managing of simulated scenario-based emergency arrangements and uses the resulting information and data to validate success and inform improvements. (K14, S8) 

Evaluates the impact mine environment has on operational performance, safety and the long term health of employees. (K18)

Outlines how evidence-based tools and qualitive and quantitative analysis techniques are used to demonstrate an ethical approach to problem solving and decision making that improve the safety, operational and environmental performance of the underground operation. (S19, B2, B4)

Articulates how they collect, record, store and analyse data to improve safety, sustainability and the efficiency and effectiveness of mining systems and how this is verified using auditing ensuring compliance with statutory and company requirements. (S4, S10)

Teamwork, leadership and professional behaviours
K24 K25 S14 S15 S16 S17 B3 B5 B6 B7

Evaluates how they build teams and develop others by applying inclusive leadership styles to achieve outcomes in line with organisational or company policy on accessibility, diversity and inclusion. (K24, S14, S15, B3, B5)

Explains how they manage conflict by taking responsibility for their own actions, negotiating and challenging the behaviour of others. (S17, B7)

Evaluates the impact of collaborative working with stakeholders including regulators (HSE), customers, suppliers, and trade unions. (K25, S16, B7)   

Explains how they demonstrate drive and commitment for their own continued professional development, how they support the development of others and the impact that CPD has on the business. (B6)

Overall EPA grading

The EPA methods contribute equally to the overall EPA grade.

Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of:

    • fail
    • pass
    • distinction

Independent assessors must individually grade the: project with report, presentation and questioning and professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence according to the requirements set out in this EPA plan.

EPAOs must combine the individual assessment method grades to determine the overall EPA grade.

Apprentices who fail one or more assessment methods will be awarded an overall EPA fail.

Apprentices must achieve at least a pass in all the EPA methods to get an overall pass. In order to achieve an overall EPA distinction, apprentices must achieve a distinction in the project report with presentation and questioning assessment method and a pass in the professional discussion.

Grades from individual assessment methods should be combined in the following way to determine the grade of the EPA as a whole.

Project with report, presentation and questioning Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence Overall Grading
Fail Any grade Fail
Any grade Fail Fail
Pass Pass Pass
Distinction Pass Distinction

Re-sits and re-takes

Apprentices who fail one or more EPA method(s) can take a re-sit or a re-take at the employer’s discretion. The apprentice’s employer needs to agree that a re-sit or re-take is appropriate. A re-sit does not need further learning, whereas a re-take does.

Apprentices should have a supportive action plan to prepare for a re-sit or a re-take.

The employer and EPAO agree the timescale for a re-sit or re-take. A re-sit is typically taken within 2 months of the EPA outcome notification. The timescale for a re-take is dependent on how much re-training is required and is typically taken within 4 months of the EPA outcome notification.

If the apprentice fails the project assessment method, they will be required to amend the project output in line with the independent assessor’s feedback. The apprentice will be given 4 weeks to rework and submit the amended report.

Failed EPA methods must be re-sat or re-taken within a 6-month period from the EPA outcome notification, otherwise the entire EPA will need to be re-sat or re-taken in full.

Re-sits and re-takes are not offered to apprentices wishing to move from pass to a higher grade.

An apprentice will get a maximum EPA grade of pass for a re-sit or re-take, unless the EPAO determines there are exceptional circumstances.

Roles and responsibilities

Roles Responsibilities

Apprentice

As a minimum, apprentices should:

  • participate in and complete on-programme training to meet the KSBs as outlined in the occupational standard for a minimum of 12 months
  • undertake 20% off-the-job training as arranged by the employer and training provider
  • understand the purpose and importance of EPA
  • undertake the EPA including meeting all gateway requirements

 

Employer

As a minimum, employers must:

  • select the EPAO and training provider 
  • work with the training provider (where applicable) to support the apprentice in the workplace and to provide the opportunities for the apprentice to develop the KSBs
  • arrange and support a minimum of 20% off-the-job training to be undertaken by the apprentice 
  • decide when the apprentice is working at or above the level required by the occupational standard and so is ready for EPA
  • ensure that all supporting evidence required at the gateway is submitted in accordance with this EPA plan
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA
  • confirm arrangements with the EPAO for the EPA (who, when, where) in a timely manner (including providing access to any employer-specific documentation as required, for example company policies)
  • ensure that the EPA is scheduled with the EPAO for a date and time which allows appropriate opportunity for the apprentice to meet the KSBs
  • ensure the apprentice is well prepared for the EPA
  • require the training provider and EPAO to ensure the EPA is booked in a timely manner

Post-gateway, employers must: 

  • confirm arrangements with the EPAO for the EPA (who, when, where) in a timely manner (including providing access to any employer-specific documentation as required, for example company policies)
  • ensure that the EPA is scheduled with the EPAO for a date and time which allows appropriate opportunity for the KSBs to be met
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA
  • ensure the apprentice is given sufficient time away from regular duties to prepare for, and complete all post-gateway elements of the EPA, and that any required supervision during this time (as stated within this EPA plan) is in place
  • where the apprentice is assessed in the workplace, ensure that the apprentice has access to the resources used on a daily basis
  • pass the certificate to the apprentice upon receipt from the EPAO

EPAO

As a minimum, EPAOs must: 

  • conform to the requirements of this EPA plan and deliver its requirements in a timely manner
  • conform to the requirements of the Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations (RoEPAO)
  • conform to the requirements of the external quality assurance provider (EQAP) for this apprenticeship
  • understand the occupational standard
  • make all necessary contractual arrangements, including agreeing the price of the EPA
  • develop and produce assessment materials including specifications and marking materials (for example mark schemes, practice materials, training material)
  • appoint suitably qualified and competent independent assessors and oversee their working
  • appoint administrators (and invigilators where required) to administer the EPA as appropriate
  • provide training for independent assessors in terms of good assessment practice, operating the assessment tools and grading
  • provide adequate information, advice and guidance documentation to enable apprentices, employers and training providers to prepare for the EPA
  • arrange for the EPA to take place, in consultation with the employer
  • where the apprentice is not assessed in the workplace, ensure that the apprentice has access to the required resources and liaise with the employer to agree this if necessary
  • develop and provide appropriate assessment recording documentation to ensure a clear and auditable process is in place for providing assessment decisions and feedback to all relevant stakeholders
  • have no direct connection with the apprentice, their employer or training provider. In all instances, including when the EPAO is the training provider (i.e. HEI), there must be no conflict of interest
  • have policies and procedures for internal quality assurance (IQA), and maintain records of regular and robust IQA activity and moderation for external quality assurance (EQA) purposes
  • deliver induction training for independent assessors, and for invigilators and/or markers (where used)
  • undertake standardisation activity on this apprenticeship standard for all independent assessors before they conduct an EPA for the first time, if the EPA is updated and periodically as appropriate (a minimum of annually)
  • manage invigilation of apprentices in order to maintain security of the assessment in line with the EPAO’s malpractice policy
  • verify the identity of the apprentice being assessed
  • use language in the development and delivery of the EPA that is appropriate to the level of the occupational standard

Pre-gateway, EPAOs must: 

  • make all necessary contractual arrangements, including agreeing the price of the EPA
  • provide adequate information, advice and guidance documentation to enable apprentices, employers and training providers to prepare for the EPA
  • arrange for the EPA to take place, in consultation with the employer.

At the gateway, EPAOs must: 

  • confirm all gateway requirements have been met as quickly as possible.

Post-gateway, EPAOs must: 

  • where the apprentice is not assessed in the workplace, ensure that the apprentice has access to the required resources and liaise with the employer to agree this if necessary

Independent assessor

As a minimum, independent assessors must: 

  • have the competence to assess the apprentice at this level and hold any required qualifications and experience in line with the requirements of the independent assessor as detailed in the IQA section of this EPA plan
  • understand the occupational standard and the requirements of this EPA
  • have, maintain and be able to evidence, up-to-date knowledge and expertise of the subject matter
  • deliver the end-point assessment in-line with the EPA plan
  • comply with the IQA requirements of the EPAO
  • have no direct connection or conflict of interest with the apprentice, their employer or training provider; in all instances, including when the EPAO is the training provider (i.e. HEI)
  • attend induction training
  • attend standardisation events when they begin working for the EPAO, before they conduct an EPA for the first time and a minimum of annually on this apprenticeship standard
  • assess each assessment method, as determined by the EPA plan, and without extending the EPA unnecessarily
  • assess against the KSBs assigned to each assessment method, as shown in the mapping of assessment methods and as determined by the EPAO, and without extending the EPA unnecessarily
  • make all grading decisions
  • record and report all assessment outcome decisions, for each apprentice, following instructions and using assessment recording documentation provided by the EPAO, in a timely manner
  • use language in the development and delivery of the EPA that is appropriate to the level of the occupational standard
  • mark open (constructed) test answers accurately according to the EPAO’s mark scheme and procedures

Training provider

As a minimum, training providers should:

  • work with the employer and support the apprentice during the off-the-job training to provide the opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours as listed in the occupational standard
  • conduct training covering any knowledge, skill or behaviour requirement agreed as part of the Commitment Statement (often known as the Individual Learning Plan)
  • monitor the apprentice’s progress during any training provider led on-programme learning
  • advise the employer, upon request, on the apprentice’s readiness for EPA
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA. Where the training provider is the EPAO (i.e. a HEI), there must be procures in place to mitigate against any conflict of interest. 

Reasonable adjustments

The EPAO must have reasonable adjustments arrangements for the EPA.

This should include:

  • how an apprentice qualifies for reasonable adjustment
  • what reasonable adjustments may be made

Adjustments must maintain the validity, reliability and integrity of the EPA as outlined in this EPA plan.

Internal quality assurance (IQA)

Internal quality assurance refers to how EPAOs ensure valid, consistent and reliable EPA decisions. EPAOs must adhere to the requirements within the roles and responsibilities section and:

  • have effective and rigorous quality assurance systems and procedures that ensure fair, reliable and consistent EPA regardless of employer, place, time or independent assessor
  • appoint independent assessors who are competent to deliver the EPA and who:
    • have recent relevant experience of the occupation or sector to at least occupational level 6 gained in the last 3 years or significant experience of the occupation or sector
  • operate induction training for anyone involved in the delivery and/or assessment of the EPA
  • provide training for independent assessors in good assessment practice, operating the assessment tools and making grading decisions
  • provide ongoing training for markers and invigilators
  • provide standardisation activity for this apprenticeship standard for all independent assessors:
    • before they conduct an EPA for the first time
    • if the EPA is updated
    • periodically as appropriate (a minimum of annually)
  • conduct effective moderation of EPA decisions and grades
  • conduct appeals where required, according to the EPAO’s appeals procedure, reviewing and making final decisions on EPA decisions and grades
  • have no direct connection with the apprentice, their employer or training provider. In all instances, including when the EPAO is the training provider (for example a higher education institution)

Value for money

Affordability of the EPA will be aided by using at least some of the following:

  • utilising digital remote platforms to conduct applicable assessment methods
  • using the employer’s premises
  • conducting assessment methods on the same day

Professional recognition

This apprenticeship aligns with:

Incorporated Engineer (IEng) for Institute of Minerals, Mining and Metallurgy

Mapping of KSBs to assessment methods

Knowledge Assessment methods
K1

The mining life cycle including the key regulations, standards and guidance that influence the design, construction and operations and closure of mining operations.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K2

Physical geology on the mine environment, including the physical properties of rock, soil and mineral deposits and the impact of weathering, plate tectonics and geomorphic features.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K3

The impact of structural geology, including features such as dip, faulting, rock strength and the principles of elasticity.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K4

Design principles of mines and layout including geology and geomechanics, layout, size and position of mine entries and roadways, and the systems and equipment used for extraction and mine support.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K5

Stress analysis in the mine environment, including the means of measuring pre-mining stress, induced mining stress and stress redistribution.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K6

Types of support systems, considering the design, intended life, suitability of support systems and strata reinforcement.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K7

Rock mechanics and the impact on mine design and the surrounding environment.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K8

The influence and requirements of mechanical and electrical engineering principles and procedures have on the safe, efficient operation of the mine.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K9

Mine surveying techniques for measuring and mapping of mine workings, including the recording of information and the use of analytical measures to verify the results.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K10

Mineral preparation, processing, and waste management techniques including the use of separation techniques, methods of concentrating and further refining, the handling and transport of bulk solids and the safe, sustainable disposal of mineral waste and tailings.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K11

How to design the operation to extract the reserves in a legislatively compliant, economic, ecological, sustainable, and socially acceptable manner.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K12

The influence and requirements of legislation on the principles of risk management and the methods that are used to deal with major and occupational hazards, operational, safety, health, financial and environmental risks. The evaluation and implementation of appropriate control measures to reduce risk to As Low as Reasonably Practicable (ALARP).

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K13

The principles of major hazard control, and the impact that preventative and mitigating control failure had have on elevating the propensity for mine disasters.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K14

The principles of scenario planning to recognise the factors that influence the implementation of mine emergency plans including suitable considerations for self-escape and the use of mines rescue. The use of data collected through simulated exercises to improve the planned response.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K15

The factors controlling the planning and deployment of automated and digital technologies in mine environments to improve operational efficiency, productivity, safety and sustainability.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K16

The different stages of projects including the principles of planning, scheduling, and sequencing to ensure effective life of mine plans. The ways of managing, influencing, and controlling outcomes. through the application of project management techniques.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K17

Underground mining management principles, including the role that mine ventilation systems and ventilation techniques have on the release and presence of toxic, noxious, and explosive gasses through the mining process. The generation and control of inhalable and respirable dust and increased levels of heat and humidity.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K18

The mine environment and the impact that it has on operational performance, safety, and long-term health of employees.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K19

The principles of mine closure and legacy risk management.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K20

The impact of a mining operation through its life cycle using the principles of asset integrity, environmental and social impact assessment methodologies and the application of current industry best practice to support an environmentally robust and sustainable operation.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K21

Financial and economic strategies, including budgets, financial management and accounting. The influence of commodity prices, feasibility studies, financial reports incorporating cash flow, capital, profit and loss.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K22

Approaches to costing and procurement, contracting, sales, marketing, and the route to market, including consideration of any legal requirements.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K23

Communication techniques, including written, verbal, nonverbal and digital, and different types of interpersonal skills including questioning and listening.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K24

Different, inclusive leadership styles and models, how to develop diverse teams and support people using coaching and mentoring.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K25

Approaches to stakeholder, customer, and supplier management.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K26

Time management, how to set SMART targets, prioritise activities and undertake forward planning in a business environment.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
K27

Data analysis techniques used to examine complex and interacting issues, to assist in developing appropriate solutions solving and support the decision-making process.

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Project with report, presentation and questioning
K28

How to develop and implement operational strategy and plans including approaches to identify and classify mineral reserves.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
Skill Assessment methods
S1

Specify the system for supporting the excavation, using information such as the characteristics of the geology, rock formations, data from modelling and measurements taken.

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Project with report, presentation and questioning
S2

Undertake the mine design process, incorporating elements such as mine layout, roadway design, scheduling, resourcing and ventilation. Determine the impact that these decisions have on the safe, efficient, and sustainable operation of the mine.

Back to Grading
Project with report, presentation and questioning
S3

Undertake mine surveys and use the information to evaluate mine development against the agreed layout and design.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S4

Collect, analyse and use data from mining and asset management systems to review the impact of the operation, using outputs to improve safety, sustainability and the efficiency and effectiveness of mining systems.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S5

Develop and implement operational mine plans that have SMART targets and are supported by key performance indicators.

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S6

Use project management and planning techniques. Allocate resource requirements. Monitor progress towards project goals and identify corrective actions.

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S7

Identify and utilise risk assessment techniques appropriate for the identified hazards such as major mining hazards with the use of Bowtie methodology. Use these techniques to identify and implement key controls and use safety performance indicators to monitor the effectiveness of those controls.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S8

Plan and manage emergency arrangements, including simulated exercises. Determine the effectiveness of those emergency arrangements, and to inform potential improvements.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S9

Undertake ventilation surveys such as measuring airflow, heat and dust to identify how the mine environment is being maintained.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S10

Identify the statutory and company requirements for monitoring and maintaining records and plans and complete a suitable audit and evaluation to ensure compliance.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S11

Manage and adapt budgets and control expenditure. Review and produce financial reports that provide analysis and draw conclusions on financial risk and evaluation of short and long term mine strategies.

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S12

Review quality control standards and ensure that these are effectively and consistently applied and where necessary take corrective action.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S13

Communicate with colleagues, stakeholders and other interested parties using a range of different methods and techniques, challenging, influencing, and negotiating where appropriate.

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Project with report, presentation and questioning
S14

Build teams, empower, mentor, coach, motivate and delegate to others, providing clear guidance and ensuring inclusivity.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S15

Developing others; taking account of diversity, equality and inclusivity.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S16

Work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including regulators (Health and Safety Executive), customers, suppliers, and trade unions.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S17

Manage and lead others including conflict management.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S18

Plan and manage own time.

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Project with report, presentation and questioning
S19

Use evidence-based tools, qualitive and quantitative analysis techniques to demonstrate an ethical approach to problem solving and making decisions that improve the safety, operational and environmental performance of the underground operation.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S20

Specify the machinery and equipment to support the overall safety and production.

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Project with report, presentation and questioning
Behaviour Assessment methods
B1

Act as a role model and advocate for health and safety across the team.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
B2

Act as a role model and advocate environmental, ethical, and sustainable practices.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
B3

Collaborate and promote teamwork across disciplines.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
B4

Adapt and is resilient to challenging or changing situations.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
B5

Lead by example to promote accessibility, diversity and inclusion.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
B6

Commit to their own and support others’ professional development.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
B7

Take responsibility for their own actions and challenge the behaviours and actions of others.

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Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
B8

Recognise the limits of their capabilities and authorisation and work to those limits.

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Project with report, presentation and questioning

Mapping of KSBs to grade themes

Project with report, presentation and questioning - Project

KSBS GROUPED BY THEME Knowledge Skills Behaviour
Project management
K16 K26
S6 S18

The different stages of projects including the principles of planning, scheduling, and sequencing to ensure effective life of mine plans. The ways of managing, influencing, and controlling outcomes. through the application of project management techniques. (K16)

Time management, how to set SMART targets, prioritise activities and undertake forward planning in a business environment. (K26)

Use project management and planning techniques. Allocate resource requirements. Monitor progress towards project goals and identify corrective actions. (S6)

Plan and manage own time. (S18)

N/A

Communication
K23
S13

Communication techniques, including written, verbal, nonverbal and digital, and different types of interpersonal skills including questioning and listening. (K23)

Communicate with colleagues, stakeholders and other interested parties using a range of different methods and techniques, challenging, influencing, and negotiating where appropriate. (S13)

N/A

Sustainable mine design and technical engineering principles
K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K11 K15 K19 K20 K27
S1 S2 S5 S20

Physical geology on the mine environment, including the physical properties of rock, soil and mineral deposits and the impact of weathering, plate tectonics and geomorphic features. (K2)

The impact of structural geology, including features such as dip, faulting, rock strength and the principles of elasticity. (K3)

Design principles of mines and layout including geology and geomechanics, layout, size and position of mine entries and roadways, and the systems and equipment used for extraction and mine support. (K4)

Stress analysis in the mine environment, including the means of measuring pre-mining stress, induced mining stress and stress redistribution. (K5)

Types of support systems, considering the design, intended life, suitability of support systems and strata reinforcement. (K6)

Rock mechanics and the impact on mine design and the surrounding environment. (K7)

The influence and requirements of mechanical and electrical engineering principles and procedures have on the safe, efficient operation of the mine. (K8)

How to design the operation to extract the reserves in a legislatively compliant, economic, ecological, sustainable, and socially acceptable manner. (K11)

The factors controlling the planning and deployment of automated and digital technologies in mine environments to improve operational efficiency, productivity, safety and sustainability. (K15)

The principles of mine closure and legacy risk management. (K19)

The impact of a mining operation through its life cycle using the principles of asset integrity, environmental and social impact assessment methodologies and the application of current industry best practice to support an environmentally robust and sustainable operation. (K20)

Data analysis techniques used to examine complex and interacting issues, to assist in developing appropriate solutions solving and support the decision-making process. (K27)

Specify the system for supporting the excavation, using information such as the characteristics of the geology, rock formations, data from modelling and measurements taken. (S1)

Undertake the mine design process, incorporating elements such as mine layout, roadway design, scheduling, resourcing and ventilation. Determine the impact that these decisions have on the safe, efficient, and sustainable operation of the mine. (S2)

Develop and implement operational mine plans that have SMART targets and are supported by key performance indicators. (S5)

Specify the machinery and equipment to support the overall safety and production. (S20)

N/A

Cost management
K21
S11
B8

Financial and economic strategies, including budgets, financial management and accounting. The influence of commodity prices, feasibility studies, financial reports incorporating cash flow, capital, profit and loss. (K21)

Manage and adapt budgets and control expenditure. Review and produce financial reports that provide analysis and draw conclusions on financial risk and evaluation of short and long term mine strategies. (S11)

Recognise the limits of their capabilities and authorisation and work to those limits. (B8)

Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence - Discussion

KSBS GROUPED BY THEME Knowledge Skills Behaviour
Resource characterisation and development
K1 K9 K10 K17 K22 K28
S3 S9 S12

The mining life cycle including the key regulations, standards and guidance that influence the design, construction and operations and closure of mining operations. (K1)

Mine surveying techniques for measuring and mapping of mine workings, including the recording of information and the use of analytical measures to verify the results. (K9)

Mineral preparation, processing, and waste management techniques including the use of separation techniques, methods of concentrating and further refining, the handling and transport of bulk solids and the safe, sustainable disposal of mineral waste and tailings. (K10)

Underground mining management principles, including the role that mine ventilation systems and ventilation techniques have on the release and presence of toxic, noxious, and explosive gasses through the mining process. The generation and control of inhalable and respirable dust and increased levels of heat and humidity. (K17)

Approaches to costing and procurement, contracting, sales, marketing, and the route to market, including consideration of any legal requirements. (K22)

How to develop and implement operational strategy and plans including approaches to identify and classify mineral reserves. (K28)

Undertake mine surveys and use the information to evaluate mine development against the agreed layout and design. (S3)

Undertake ventilation surveys such as measuring airflow, heat and dust to identify how the mine environment is being maintained. (S9)

Review quality control standards and ensure that these are effectively and consistently applied and where necessary take corrective action. (S12)

N/A

Health and safety, environmental and continuous improvement
K12 K13 K14 K18
S4 S7 S8 S10 S19
B1 B2 B4

The influence and requirements of legislation on the principles of risk management and the methods that are used to deal with major and occupational hazards, operational, safety, health, financial and environmental risks. The evaluation and implementation of appropriate control measures to reduce risk to As Low as Reasonably Practicable (ALARP). (K12)

The principles of major hazard control, and the impact that preventative and mitigating control failure had have on elevating the propensity for mine disasters. (K13)

The principles of scenario planning to recognise the factors that influence the implementation of mine emergency plans including suitable considerations for self-escape and the use of mines rescue. The use of data collected through simulated exercises to improve the planned response. (K14)

The mine environment and the impact that it has on operational performance, safety, and long-term health of employees. (K18)

Collect, analyse and use data from mining and asset management systems to review the impact of the operation, using outputs to improve safety, sustainability and the efficiency and effectiveness of mining systems. (S4)

Identify and utilise risk assessment techniques appropriate for the identified hazards such as major mining hazards with the use of Bowtie methodology. Use these techniques to identify and implement key controls and use safety performance indicators to monitor the effectiveness of those controls. (S7)

Plan and manage emergency arrangements, including simulated exercises. Determine the effectiveness of those emergency arrangements, and to inform potential improvements. (S8)

Identify the statutory and company requirements for monitoring and maintaining records and plans and complete a suitable audit and evaluation to ensure compliance. (S10)

Use evidence-based tools, qualitive and quantitative analysis techniques to demonstrate an ethical approach to problem solving and making decisions that improve the safety, operational and environmental performance of the underground operation. (S19)

Act as a role model and advocate for health and safety across the team. (B1)

Act as a role model and advocate environmental, ethical, and sustainable practices. (B2)

Adapt and is resilient to challenging or changing situations. (B4)

Teamwork, leadership and professional behaviours
K24 K25
S14 S15 S16 S17
B3 B5 B6 B7

Different, inclusive leadership styles and models, how to develop diverse teams and support people using coaching and mentoring. (K24)

Approaches to stakeholder, customer, and supplier management. (K25)

Build teams, empower, mentor, coach, motivate and delegate to others, providing clear guidance and ensuring inclusivity. (S14)

Developing others; taking account of diversity, equality and inclusivity. (S15)

Work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including regulators (Health and Safety Executive), customers, suppliers, and trade unions. (S16)

Manage and lead others including conflict management. (S17)

Collaborate and promote teamwork across disciplines. (B3)

Lead by example to promote accessibility, diversity and inclusion. (B5)

Commit to their own and support others’ professional development. (B6)

Take responsibility for their own actions and challenge the behaviours and actions of others. (B7)

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Employers involved in creating the standard: Albion Stone PLC, British Fluorspar Ltd, British Gypsum Ltd, Cleveland Potash Ltd, Compass Minerals UK Ltd, Energybuild Ltd, Schlumberger Oilfield UK PLC (MI UK Division), Anglo American Woodside Project (York Potash Ltd)

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