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TQUK, for the last couple of years, has been growing and growing, like snowballs rolling down a snow-covered hill. Along the way, we’ve picked up slabs of new business in End-Point Assessment, with many more slabs to come. (By the time this snowball reaches the bottom of the hill, it will have become an abominable snowman so gigantic and ungainly it will topple over and crush any other AOs that stand in our way.)

We’re hungry to deliver assessment to apprentices ever since we were cleared by the ESFA to provide EPA. We’re so hungry that we bit off a big chunk of the new apprenticeships standards. TQUK will soon be able to provide assessment for FIVE - count ‘em - FIVE more apprenticeship standards:

  • Hair Professional
  • Business Administrator
  • Customer Service Practitioner
  • Team Leader / Supervisor
  • Operational / Departmental Manager

Offering EPA for these standards will allow TQUK to penetrate into whole new industries and build on our existing relationships with our fabulous approved centres. Here’s a few of the new apprenticeship standards for which we’ll be offering EPA from a soon-to-be-larger list!

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 Hair Professional

This standard is designed for would-be apprentices who want to begin their careers in the hair and beauty / barbering industries. During the apprenticeship, the apprentice will be able to choose between two distinct Hair professional streams: the hair stylist stream for servicing men and women and the barbering stream for servicing men in particular. Apprentices will complete a Level 2 Diploma in Barbering / Women’s and Men’s Hairdressing during their course of learning. The end-point assessment will include a practical assessment and subsequent oral questioning. Once completed, the learner will be able to serve as a Hair Professional in a salon or barber shop and provide quality services cutting and finishing all types of hair.

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Business Administrator

This standard is designed for potential apprentices who want to begin their careers in administration as a Business Administrator. They will learn skills they can apply in almost any situation and gain a firm grounding in organisational operations and functional processes. After the apprenticeship and the end-point assessment - which includes a knowledge test, portfolio-based interview and project/improvement presentation - the successful apprentice will be able to apply what they learned in almost all sectors, in small to large organisations in the public, private and charitable sectors.

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Customer Service Practitioner

This standard is designed for would-be learners wanting to begin their career in customer service. During this apprenticeship, the apprentice will learn vital skills, including how to conduct themselves as a representative of their company and brand with on and off-the-job training. Once the training is complete and the end-point assessment – including an apprentice showcase, a practical observation and a professional discussion - is completed, the apprentice will be able to serve in a wide range of industries, from manufacturing to marketing, civil engineering to the civil service.

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Team Leader / Supervisor

This standard is designed for would-be apprentices wanting to begin their career in management. During this apprenticeship, the apprentice will attain a Level 3 Diploma in Management (QCF). Once the on and off-the-job training is complete and the end-point assessment – including a knowledge test, structured competency-based interview, submission of portfolio and a professional discussion of their CPD activity - is completed, the apprentice will be able to serve in a range of sectors where teams of people need coordination, inspiration and management.

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Operational / Departmental Manager

This standard is designed for would-be apprentices who have completed prior and/or related apprenticeships in management and wish to gain the skills and experience to progress into a senior management role. By the end of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will be able to develop operational plans, oversee projects, manage and lead teams, recognise and nurture talent and coach and mentor upcoming staff. During their training, the apprentice will complete a Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership (RQF). Once the training and end-point assessment – including a knowledge test, structured competency-based interview, portfolio assessment, a work-based project, presentation and Q&A session and a professional discussion – is complete, the apprentice will be able to go on to posts supervising and managing people and projects in any number of industries, occupying roles such as Operations Manager, Regional Manager, Divisional Manager, Department Manager and other specialist roles.  

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We’re sure to expand our list of approved standards in the near future. To keep up to date on the latest news and read our incisive commentary, return to our blog and following us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.