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Created 07 February 2024 14:50
We have an Apprentice who is ready for EPA but has just left employment, we are confident she will achieve and we are in the process of contacting the EPAO to get their approval, is she eligible for EPA and how do we receive the completion payment? Can't find any further technical details anywhere as mentioned below in the funding guidance:109. Where an apprentice has changed employer after they have completed all thetraining and reached gateway, including where the new job role is not related tothe apprenticeship, they may complete the end-point assessment in agreementwith the end-point assessment organisation and the provider that it can besatisfactorily taken and paid for. We will issue further technical details as to howthis change should be reported to us including how the provider can claim thecompletion payment.
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On the bright side, you're not missing anything, they have not published anything further on this. On the down side, they've not published anything further on this...
Can't suggest anything more than contacting the App Service to see if they can tell you if anything is coming soon, but I wouldn't hold your breath, highly likely the learner will have to withdraw unless they can find a new employer willing to put them through EPA in the next 12 weeks...
07 February 2024 15:10
ESFA confirmed to me that paragraph 109 is only for those who started in 23/24 😕 That's why there are no rules yet, because the first batch this could possibly apply to can't be there until Aug 2024. It's such a great new rule, but it's really frustrating it doesn't apply retrospectively. You always have to assume new rules only apply to starts from that year, unless they expressly say otherwise.
So, unless they left through redundancy, the student isn't allowed to sit the EPA until they can find a new employer willing to take responsibility. The EPAO shouldn't let you do it. If they say yes, you're still not getting the completion element unless it was redundancy.
07 February 2024 17:19