End Point Assessment

Engineering Operative

Engineering Operative

  • Reference Code: ST0537
  • Level: 2
  • Version: 1
  • Duration: 12 Months


Engineering Operatives are predominantly involved in engineering operations which are key to the success of the Manufacturing and Engineering sector allowing employers to grow their business while developing a work force with the relevant skills and knowledge to enhance the sustain the sector. The role covers a wide range of common and job specific skills sets that can be transferred across the manufacturing engineering industry sectors during the course of their careers.

Occupational role

Dependent on the sector that apprentices are employed in there may be subtle differences in terms of composition and application of the job role specific skills and knowledge they will require, however the core skills and knowledge will be the same regardless of the sector/area they work in. Occupational roles from across the engineering and manufacturing sector that would be covered within this standard are:

  • Servicing and maintenance role
  • Mechanical manufacturing role
  • Electrical and electronic engineering role
  • Fabrication role
  • Materials, processing and finishing role
  • Technical support role

An Engineering Operative must have the core requirements and demonstrate the specialist requirements in ONE job specific role.


Maximum £6,000

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set their own selection criteria.


The apprenticeship includes both core and specific skills, knowledge, and behaviours required by Engineering Operatives.

End Point Assessment

Overview of assessment

The end point assessment covers all of the skills, knowledge and behaviours in the Standard. It will take place using independent assessors appointed by QFI and the methods shown below:

Practical Skills Observation

The apprentice will be observed by an assessor, in a realistic work situation under normal conditions, demonstrating the application of both the core and specific job role knowledge, skills and behaviours within this apprenticeship standard. Typically, this will be covered within one task but may be covered over two separate tasks if required. The assessor will ask between 3-6 open questions to assess underpinning knowledge. The apprentice will be provided with both written and verbal instructions on the tasks they must complete including timescales. The observation will be carried out over a 2-hour time period and must be completed before the Professional discussion takes place.

Professional Discussion

This is carried out by a review panel, usually consisting of an employer representative and an independent assessor appointed by QFI. It will consist of a minimum of 5-7 open questions and will be informed by the reflective portfolio the apprentice is required to complete and submit. Apprentices will be able to refer to their portfolio during the professional discussion if required but the portfolio is not graded as part of the EPA. The purpose of the professional discussion is to enable the apprentice to showcase to the panel how they have carried out the role of an Engineering Operative, integrating the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected and for the review panel to be assured that they have achieved the requirements of the Standard. The professional discussion will take 40 minutes.

Readiness for assessment

The employer will endorse progression to the end-point when satisfied that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the standard, and the pre-requisite gateway requirements have been met with evidence to support these:

  • achieved minimum level 1 English and mathematics
  • achieved the mandatory qualifications –Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (competence) and Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Engineering Operations (knowledge)
  • completed a reflective portfolio to support the professional discussion


This apprenticeship is graded by the independent assessor appointed by QFI and grades are either: fail, pass or distinction.

Professional Recognition


Why choose QFI

QFI is listed on the Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations to assess this apprenticeship Standard. We have access to specialist, occupationally competent independent assessors. We will work with you to ensure that the end-point assessment runs as smoothly as possible providing support for any staff involved in the process. Contact us now to discuss your requirements leadassessor@qfiepa.org