The Institute understands that in the current climate many organisations are having to make difficult decisions about their businesses. As a result we are extending our ongoing consultation on External Quality Assurance (EQA) by six weeks until Thursday 21 May.
We are proposing to move away from a system where EQA is delivered by a wide range of different organisations to one where EQA is delivered by either Ofqual or, for integrated degree apprenticeships, the Office for Students (OfS).
We would retain our strategic role in EQA oversight, through its EQA framework. Ofqual and OfS would draw on the expertise of professional or employer-led bodies, for standards where an appropriate body exists, to make sure that end-point assessment remains a reliable and relevant test of occupational competence that meets the needs of employers.
We would like feedback from everyone involved with apprenticeships to help us identify how the proposed future system could be improved; and identify the impact of the proposal on key groups and operations in order to aid transition planning.
Accessible versions can be made available by contacting EQAQueries.IFA@education.gov.uk.
The EQA framework has been adapted to reflect these proposed arrangements.
This consultation launched on 27 February 2020 and closes on Thursday 21 May.