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Focusing on Facilities Management: The Role of a Qualified End-point Assessment (EPA) Assessor


Posted on 29 September 2023


By Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director, Active IQ

In the ever-evolving landscape of facilities management, a critical need has emerged for skilled professionals who can guide and shape the next generation of practitioners.

At Active IQ, we’ve witnessed first-hand how the number of apprenticeship standards across all sectors has grown massively in recent years, significantly increasing the need for qualified assessors to carry out End-point Assessments for these standards. As the industry and technology advances, so does the demand for these individuals responsible for maintaining and managing active leisure centres.

Introducing the qualified End-point Assessment (EPA) assessor – a role that holds the key to elevating the standards of facilities management and ensuring the proficiency of emerging professionals.

A Growing Demand:

The field of facilities management has witnessed a remarkable transformation in recent times, driven by an increased emphasis on skill development and adherence to industry standards, making apprenticeship programmes vital for professional growth. This surge in apprenticeship standards across various sectors has led to an urgent requirement for qualified assessors to conduct End-point Assessments.

End-point Assessments play a pivotal role in determining the readiness of apprentices to enter the workforce as skilled professionals. These assessments are designed to evaluate not just theoretical knowledge but also practical skills and competence. As a result, the role of the EPA Assessor has gained importance in ensuring the quality and relevance of apprenticeship programmes.

Active IQ: Leading the Way

As the UK’s leading Ofqual-recognised awarding organisation for the physical activity sector, Active IQ has been at the forefront of addressing this demand. We’re committed to elevating industry standards and offer over 100 accredited qualifications spanning from Entry-Level to Level 5, covering a wide range of disciplines.

Within the apprenticeship sector, Active IQ provides 22 End-point Assessments across the leisure, education, facilities management, and community sectors. Recognised as one of the first End-point Assessment organisations (EPAOs) within the physical activity sector to be approved on the Apprenticeship Provider and Assessment Register (APAR). This accolade speaks volumes about our extensive experience in this sector.

Expanding the Assessor Team:

At Active IQ we are currently on a mission to expand our team of assessors for our EPA service. Our goal is clear – to meet the rising demand for And-point Assessors and continue setting the standard for facilities management education. If you share our passion for maintaining and elevating standards in this rapidly expanding industry, the role of an EPA Assessor might be a perfect fit for you.

Unlock your Career Potential:

As an EPA Assessor, you have the unique chance to continuously deepen your expertise and knowledge in your field. Engaging with apprentices and their work can enable you to stay at the forefront of industry trends, best practices, and regulatory standards. This constant learning process fosters a deepened understanding of facilities management across all its dimensions.

By guiding apprentices through their learning journey, you not only impart knowledge but also reinforce your own expertise. Moreover, the diverse backgrounds of the apprentices you’ll meet and interact with will enhance your communication and interpersonal skills, making you a more well-rounded professional.

Flexibility and Autonomy:

Being an EPA Assessor also allows you to have a career that aligns with your lifestyle and schedule. Many assessment tasks can be accomplished remotely – whether it’s reviewing portfolios, conducting online presentations, or engaging in professional discussions, the role will give you unparalleled flexibility. As long as you have a stable internet connection, this remote work offers the freedom to work from home or any other suitable space, eliminating the daily commute and providing a greater sense of freedom and autonomy.

On-site Engagement:

While remote work offers great flexibility, there are also opportunities for on-site engagement. Facilities management covers a vast spectrum of settings, from educational institutions to healthcare facilities, commercial buildings to industrial sites. Depending on the specific apprenticeship program and assessment requirements, assessors may need to visit these facilities to conduct practical assessments or observe apprentices in real-world scenarios. This variety in assessment setting enriches your experience in the role and allows you to witness first-hand the impact of assessments across industries.

A Seamless Integration:

The freelance nature of the EPA Assessor role means that you can seamlessly integrate with other sources of income. The number of assessments you undertake is entirely within your control, enabling you to adjust your workload to your personal schedule. Whether you’re a full-time professional seeking to diversify or a retiree with a penchant for giving back, the role can accommodate your aspirations.

Witnessing Growth and Fulfilment:

Among the most gratifying aspects of being an EPA Assessor is witnessing apprentices evolve and flourish. Guiding and supporting them on their journey to acquiring skills, knowledge, and confidence is profoundly fulfilling. Knowing that you have helped play a crucial role in helping apprentices achieve their goals and enhance their professional journey as facilities operative or grow their career as a facilities manager is a source of immense satisfaction.

Apply Today:

If the prospect of shaping future facilities professionals, while enhancing your career excites you, then the role of an EPA assessor is your gateway to a fulfilling new vocation.

Active IQ offers you a range of qualifications to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in this role. Dive into a world of continuous learning, unfettered flexibility, diverse environments and deeply rewarding experiences, and start your journey to be an EPA Assessor today by visiting our End-point Assessment section.

Join us in elevating the standards of facilities management. Your expertise and guidance can make a significant difference in shaping the next generation of facilities management professionals.