Transition of FESS EPA Arrangements

NET is withdrawing as the End Point Assessment provider for the FESS apprenticeship standard. Highfield Assessment is now an approved EPA organisation for FESS and is working closely with NET to ensure a smooth transition. The arrangements for this are set out below:

September 24 2021: NET is no longer able to accept new gateway applications for FESS under the terms of the withdrawal from the EPAO register. Please note that any “informal” bookings with centres that have not yet gone through formal gateway submission will not be able to proceed under NET.

NET will work with training providers and centres to complete assessment for candidates already through gateway and those awaiting a resit. Training providers are requested to book resits in good time, ensuring that candidates have received any additional training or practice required.

October 01 2021: Highfield will begin the contracting process and accepting learner registration details.

November 01 2021: Highfield will begin accepting scheduling requests for apprentices that are due to undertake gateway after 01/11/2021.

Highfield are currently working on supporting materials including their EPA Kit, mock assessments and gateway readiness documentation. We anticipate this being ready at the start of November.

December 10 2021: Final date for completing EPA and resits under NET.

NET will not be able to undertake any further resits after this date.

December 13 2021 onwards: EPA provision via Highfield.

The process will be different when working with Highfield, this includes contracting, learner registration and the scheduling process however, the assessment methods for EPA will remain the same. Each learner will be required to complete the following assessment methods:

  • Knowledge Test
  • Practical Skills Assessment
  • Professional Discussion

To help with the transition, Highfield will be hosting a free webinar and inviting all employers and training providers. This invitation will follow shortly.

For any further information please contact:
Mike White
Employer Engagement Manager