The ESFA has published the conditions applicable to organisations who are applying to /are registered to offer independent end-point assessment for apprenticeship standards.
Below is an extract from the document.
Introduction 1. This document sets out the conditions (the conditions) which apply to all organisations on the register of end-point assessment organisations (the register). You should read it alongside the pre-application guidance for the register so you are clear about the mandatory requirements which apply once an organisation is registered as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO).
2. The purpose of the conditions set out in this document is to ensure that all EPAOs are clear about the requirements which we (the Education and Skills Funding Agency) have implemented to ensure that public funding and apprentice needs are protected. Only registered EPAOs are eligible to receive public funding in connection with end-point assessment activities. In the event of any conflict between the conditions set out in this document and any other documents produced by us relating to end-point assessment, this document takes priority.
3. We ask that you (the organisation applying to the register) read and ensure you fully understand the conditions set out in this document before you start your application to the register. For organisations on the register, before we published these conditions, we will apply them from the date we published and cover the standard/s and assessment plan/s you are registered to assess against.
No collusion allowed
You must not collude with other EPAOs, providers, employers or any other organisation in the delivery of end-point assessment.
38. By collusion we mean:
i. you and another organisation entering the register with the express intention of delivering end-point assessment to each other’s apprentices and/or of circumventing the requirement both for the employer to select the EPAO and for separate and independent assessment
ii. you and another organisation (already on the register) entering into such reciprocal arrangements at a later stage
39. We will view such reciprocal arrangements as deliberate collusion which will not only undermine the independence of end-point assessment but also limit open competition in the EPAO market.
40. You must not be party to or actively offer or accept incentives or inducements to or from employers and/or providers in connection with your engagement to deliver end-point assessment.
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