Access Training Earns EPA Center of Excellence Status


High pass rates and a high number of accolades are why Access Training (East Midlands) Ltd has been chosen as a Center of Excellence for Endpoint Assessment (EPA), according to City and Guilds.

The organisation, which has training centers in Nottingham and Derby, joins just 100 independent training providers/colleges and employer providers across England and Wales to be awarded this standard.

Since the introduction of Apprenticeship Standards in 2017, it has been providing EPA through the City and Guilds, for apprenticeships ranging from Tier 2 Healthcare Support Worker to Tier 3 Manager Supervisor team, and level 5 operations and department manager. This follows a number of qualifications issued. in partnership with City and Guilds for over three decades, including in childcare, health and social care, customer service, teacher and assessor training and construction.

Rebecca Hollamby, Head of Endpoint Assessment Partnership at City and Guilds, said: “City and Guilds have worked for 140 years in education, with industry and partners, and are universally recognized as one of the leading Endpoint Evaluation Services (EPA) organization.

“Our philosophy helps learners and employers identify and develop the skills they need to thrive. Access Training, with its high success rate, number of accolades and unwavering commitment to its learners, most certainly brings this philosophy to life. They are very worthy recipients of the EPA’s coveted Center of Excellence status. »

Tim Weymouth and Daisy Bennett of Aston Lark Insurance Brokers, Derby, are two examples of Access Training learners who receive training accredited by City and Guilds. Their apprenticeship as a team leader/level 3 supervisor has already had a very tangible impact.

Tom comments, “It gave me the ‘science’ behind some of the leadership traits I wish I had, as well as the framework for bringing change to a team.”

Daisy adds, “I know how to build a good team through knowledge team dynamics, how to manage my time well and also help other members of my team do the same.”

Lorraine Nicholson, Director of Operations at Access Training, said: “Our relationship with City and Guilds is important as, for many industries such as construction and management, the internationally recognized City and Guilds/ILM standard is the industry standard. industry valued by learners and employers. .

“Our Assessor Trainers are tireless in providing the pastoral care our learners need, whether it’s helping them with additional learning needs like dyslexia, housing issues, or just listening when things are getting too difficult. It is – and the sheer willingness of our learners to work hard to improve their chances in life – is what makes this recognition so well deserved.


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