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Delegate Rates

  • £245 + VAT (corporate member of FAB or TAG)
  • £265 + VAT (corporate non- member)
  • £115 + VAT (self employed)

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More than 6 years since England’s major apprenticeship reforms were announced, the focus on quality and independence of assessment in apprenticeships has never been more important.

The conference offers an unparalleled opportunity for all of those involved in end point assessment to come together to network, consider the challenges in the system and explore the most effective ways to safeguard quality and the independence of end point assessment. This conference will be of interest to End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAOs), External Quality Assurance Organisations (EQAOs), Employer providers, Trailblazers, Individual assessors, Internal Quality Assurers (IQAs).

The conference is being jointly run by the Federation of Awarding Bodies – the voice and membership body of the qualifications and assessment industry and the Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards via The Assessors Guild – the professional membership Body for assessors.


Registration from 9.30am for a 10.30am start. Conference closes at 4.00pm.

Tom Bewick, Chief Executive, Federation of Awarding Bodies

Belonging to a community of professionals
Sam Taylor, Head of the Assessors Guild

Title TBC
Nikki Christie, Deputy Director, Assessment, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Plenary and questions session 1, chaired by Charlotte Bosworth, Managing Director, Innovate Awarding

Putting the learner and quality at the heart of end point assessment.
Gary Tovey, Head of Assessment Services, Babcock Assessments

How to maintain the Quality of Assessors
Alison Pearce, Quality Delivery Manager – Apprenticeships, BCS

Issues challenges and what works well – perspective of apprenticeship employer/trailblazer
Employer – TBC

End Point Assessment, the view of the training provider
Training provider – TBC

Coffee break and exhibition

Plenary and questions session 2-
Making EQA work

Alex Morris, Head of Apprenticeship Quality Assurance,
Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Steve Walker, Associate Director – Apprenticeships, Ofqual

Barry Smith, Head of Assessment, National Skills Academy for

Neil Cruickshank, Head of External Quality Assurance,
People1st International

Heather Akehurst, CEO, Open Awards

Seminars (delegates to choose one)

Independence in Assessment
Keeley Turton, Managing Director, Ever Tree Training

The data journey
Richard Mole, Senior Manager – Apprenticeships Assessment, ESFA

Degree Apprenticeships
Katrina Cleaver, Assessment Development Manager, Chartered Management Institute

Lunch and exhibition

Seminars repeated

Plenary and questions session 3

Making Apprenticeships Work – A Quality Model based on best practice
Patrick Craven, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Policy and Contracts, City and Guilds

Managing/leading change
Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President, BTEC & Apprenticeships, Pearson

Benefits of universal partnership working for the sector and sharing for learner success
Tom Bewick and Sam Taylor


Cindy Rampersaud

Cindy Rampersaud

Senior Vice President BTEC and Apprenticeships, Pearson

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Gary Tovey

Gary Tovey

Head of Assessment Service, Babcock Assessments

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Keeley Turton,

Keeley Turton,

Managing Director, Ever Tree Training

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Charlotte Bosworth

Charlotte Bosworth

Managing Director, Innovate Awarding

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Richard Mole

Richard Mole

Senior Manager – Apprentice Assessment, Education and Skills Funding Agency

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Alison Pearce

Alison Pearce

Quality Delivery Manager – Apprenticeships, BCS

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Tom Bewick

Tom Bewick

Chief Executive, Federation of Awarding Bodies

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Alex Morris

Alex Morris

Head of Apprenticeship Quality Assurance, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

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Making EQA Work plenary session

EQA has a crucial role to play in ensuring that apprentices are assessed fairly and consistently and that different end-point assessment organisations are interpreting assessment plans consistently.

This session will update delegates on the development and implementation of External Quality Assurance arrangements including the Institute’s enhanced overall framework for EQA; and emerging findings from early EQA activity from four EQA providers.

Degree apprenticeships seminar

The QAA will be an EQA Provider for Integrated Degree Apprenticeships (IDA).

Dr Andy Smith, Standards and Frameworks Manager from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education will set out the key tenets of institutional quality assurance and external verification that are well-established approaches in UK higher education. Andy will explain how external verification processes will provide independent review of the EPA for the EQA of integrated degree apprenticeships and how the QAA will fulfil its role as an EQA Provider. Delegates will understand how the QAA will undertake its role as EQA Provider for IDA as well as their potential role and responsibilities.

Delegates will also hear from Katrina Cleaver at the Chartered Management Institute about the challenges that they have encountered over the last 12+ months including having to try to change mindsets and what they are doing to help support their HEIs.

The data journey seminar

In the session, delegates will receive an overview and status of the developments to bring end-point assessment into the overall digital customer journey within the apprenticeship service and discuss the things the ESFA are working on with the sector to improve delivery as volumes rise.

Independence in Assessment seminar

Keely Turton, MD from Ever Tree Training will provide a brief introduction to what independence is and why it is important, including the impact of not having it. She will explore internal independence and the importance of having independent/separate teams, policies and procedures in place and what these should include, the importance of keeping delivery and assessment functions completely separate. She will also explore with delegates external support, working with EQA and other organisations to ensure best practice is followed and that governance in place.

The seminar will also focus on conflicts of interest and how these can impact on independence as well as how to minimise and deal with conflicts of interest – both internal and external.