Digital Industries Apprenticeship Standards have been designed by industry for apprentices’ employed in a wide variety of different organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
The actual job role of the apprentice will vary significantly from one employer to the next.
Assessment will motivate apprentices to do their very best, not just do enough to satisfy a minimum standard – for example by using a ‘high stakes’ method in the synoptic project, which gives apprentices a clear performance goal to aim at.
The assessment process will add value to both the apprentice and the employer, by complementing and building on normal performance management and development tools. It should enable and encourage progression and continuous professional development, by being linked to professional qualifications and recognition.
End Point Assessment
The end point assessment includes an assessment of all the requirements of the standard, including, competencies, knowledge and behaviours. It takes place in the final few months of the apprenticeship, using four assessment methods:
Summative portfolio | Synoptic project | Employer reference |Interview
The use of a variety of assessment methods in the final end point assessment ensures that the assessment of each apprentice is based on their performance and reflects accurately the quality of their work and the application of skills, knowledge and behaviours specified in the standards. Taken together, these components of the final end point assessment build a cumulative picture of performance against the standard, enabling the independent assessor to make a holistic judgement about how well the apprentice meets or exceeds the standard.
Provides evidence against the totality of the standard, based on the application of knowledge, competence and behaviours to real work projects in the work environment. This is key to ensure the validity of the final assessment decision.
Provides the employer’s perspective on how the apprentice has performed in the workplace and how they have applied their knowledge, competencies and behaviours in work projects.
Provides evidence against a selected set of knowledge, competencies and behaviours against a pre-defined project undertaken in a controlled environment. This is key to ensure consistency and comparability, increasing the accuracy of the assessment decision.
Provides an opportunity for further evidence to be gathered and/or evidence to be explored in more detail against any of the knowledge, competence or behaviours. This also increases accuracy and validity.