The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has implemented technology enabling it to carry out apprenticeship End Point Assessments (EPA) remotely.
Working with Calibre Group, the IMI has remotely delivered the EPA for its Motor Finance Apprenticeship Standard and now intends to roll-out the process for its other Apprenticeship Standards where practical.
The moveechoes Thatcham Research's assertion that, where possible, apprenticeships and training should not be set-aside during the current COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.
Mark Armitage, head of membership products and services at the IMI, said: “With the support of the regulator, it has been exciting to see how effectively we can deliver End Point Assessment during this time of vital social distancing. It is really important that apprentices who have invested considerable time and commitment are not left waiting to complete their qualification – especially as the sector will be looking for skills when people start heading back to automotive retailers.”
Helen Gladden-Porter, the EPA Assessor, added: “Completing the first EPA event for Motor Finance Specialist using remote technology was perfect. The remote system worked fantastically and allowed the EPA to take place. The apprentice was well prepared and very professional. I felt technology usage really enhanced the experience for all involved in the EPA.”
The IMI has worked closely with Calibre Group for many years and had already been working hard to improve its digital offering across its range of activities before the Coronavirus pandemic.
It was, therefore, easily able to implement the EPA with the Calibre Group earlier this month, avoiding the risk of the apprentice having the completion of his apprenticeship delayed for several months.