George Ryan

No end point in sight

Introducing a system of end-point assessments for apprenticeships has created a multimillion-pound market, but delays and discrepancies are leaving students in limbo, unable to prove what they have learned and move forward with their careers. George Ryan investigates

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Imagine signing up for a programme of study and not knowing how long it will take you to complete it, nor how you will be assessed at the end. Or how about being stuck in limbo for 18 months after finishing your course, unable to sit the final assessment because industry regulators are still deciding what it will involve?

Even for teachers working in schools, who have faced numerous qualification reforms in recent years, such a prospect must sound like a nightmare. But this is exactly the situation that has arisen for some apprentices who have found themselves unwittingly caught up in the ...

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