Following consultation with employers and NOCN the proposed End Point Assessment (EPA) practical element for Ceilings and Partitions is unworkable and some changes need to be made.

The findings were that each element, (core qualification and specialist option) should realistically take 10 hours each for a pass and an additional 8 hours for a merit to be completed over a 3-day assessment period.

In order for NOCN (National Open College Network) to apply to IfATE (Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education) for a dispensation to increase the time from the current completion time of two days to three days and to cover the areas taken out of the practical by questioning, we need the support from employers to confirm this will meet the needs of the sector.

If you are able to support this or would like further information, please contact Beena Nana by 24 May.

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