The Engineering Council has been approved as an External Quality Assurance (EQA) provider for a number of engineering apprenticeship standards.
The approval by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) covers Civil, Railway and Transport Planning Technicians as well as Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Technicians.
This activity is in line with the Engineering Council’s support for the delivery of high quality apprenticeships that meet the needs of employers and apprentices; assure the public about the competence of those who are successful and support individuals on their journey towards professional registration.
The system of EQA provides for independent monitoring of the End Point Assessment (EPA) that apprentices undertake at the end of their apprenticeship, to ensure that it is fair, consistent and robust across different apprenticeship standards and between different assessment organisations.
The Engineering Council is the most appropriate body to carry out this quality assurance for engineering-related apprenticeships, because it licenses professional engineering institutions to carry out the assessment of individuals seeking registration, in accordance with required Engineering Council standards and prescribed processes. These standards apply across the profession, regardless of sector or discipline, making the Engineering Council ideally placed to assure consistency and quality of assessment.