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Friday 29th September 2023

9am – 4.45pm (Registration from 8.15)

The agenda:

The Apprenticeship4England EPA Conference is a great time to reflect on the successes and challenges of End Point Assessment.  Expect honest views from those that have had first hand experience of EPA and wish to share insights.  Our erray of speakers include Employers, Apprentices, Providers and End Point Assessment Organisations and will also be complemented by workshops on the day.

Throughout the conference we will be capturing your views too and will be taking away your top 3 pledges for the EPA Alliance team to take forward and improve on your behalf.

We also have a number of exhibitors for you to visit during the conference.


8.15Registration Opens

9.00 9.05 Welcome from Lindsay and Sak

Chair’s opening remarks




Workshop Conference Sponsor - DSW –  Addressing future workforce challenges through apprenticeships.

  • why Apprentices chose an apprenticeship

  • the challenges they faced and how they overcame these

  • the value the apprenticeship has brought to them and their employer


  • Pippa Simpson:

    • L&D Business Partner, University of Warwick

    • Completed the Coaching Professional apprenticeship

  • Gideon van Zijl:

    • Compliance and Regulatory Development Consultant, Zurich

    • Completed the Senior Insurance Professional apprenticeship

  • Jean Paul Van Cauwelaert:

    • Director, Findlay Property Management

    • Completed the Housing and Property Management apprenticeship



10.00 An Employer perspective

 You will hear from a number of Employers on the value and hurdles they have experienced within their businesses regarding End Point Assessment


Sharon Blyfield Coca Cola Enterprises

Lucy Hunte NHS Trusts

Tim Bucannan Glaxo Smith Kline

Pam Holland David Nieper clothing

This session will be concluded with a Q&A with speakers



Morning Coffee Break


11.20 An Apprentice Perspective

You will hear from a number of Apprentices about their own End Point Assessment journeys from planning and preparation to sitting assessments and what they are doing now


Sarah Latimer, Senior Education and Careers Lead – Youth Employment UK                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sophie Mawson - NHS Apprentice                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gemma Trueman - David Nieper Apprentice                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cameron Bailey - GSK Apprentice

This session will be concluded by asking Apprentices what we could improve as Providers and End Point Assessment Organisations



12.25 Workshop – Cognassist - Accommodating neuro-inclusion in assessment with ease Chris Quickfall


13.10 Lunch


A Provider Perspective of

Apprenticeship Providers will share the challenges and research they have gathered and the positive steps we can take to support more positive Apprenticeship completions ad work better with SMEs


Tyron Wain – Quest Training                                    

James Norris - Assistant Principal, Commercial Development - Walsall College

Chris Quickfall Cognassist

This session will be concluded with a Q&A with speakers


15.20 Using the past to inform the future


Jacqui Molkenthin – Independent Consultant


The EPAO Alliance to discuss its creation ITS CHARTER AND WHAT IT AIMS TO ACHIEVE


 Speaker Sak Awan Lee Reddington, Jake Tween


15.20 Coffee Break



15.50 An EPAO Perspective

EPAOs will share how they have changed approaches since the introduction of EPA, some of the challenges they face and plans to make things better


Jan Richardson Wilde OAL

Steve Smith SIAS

Matthew Scarff Ofqual, Associate Director for Vocational and Technical Qualification Assessment Delivery


Questions and comments from the floor and agreeing our EPA Alliance pledges


Conference Close

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