End Point Assessment

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Formworker

Formworker

ST0461

18-24 months

Assessed Version: v1

Introduction

Formwork is internationally recognised as an innovative technique that is used to form concrete structures across the entire  infrastructure, from constructing  roads,  rail,  bridges, underground structures to high-rise concrete buildings. Concrete technology has developed significantly over the past 50 years and continues to do so, with structures being formed stronger, vaster and spanning wider. This has only been achieved by the continued application of new formwork techniques.

Occupational role

Formworkers contribute to the construction of projects through the preparation, installation and quality management of all stages of the formwork and falsework process. Preparing falsework that provides temporary support structures for forms and undertake formwork. This includes producing panels and fittings that mould to form a desired shape with concrete, such as slabs, support beams, columns and walls. Formworkers are involved in the entire envelope of the construction industry: including all the major over ground and underground projects across the UK.

Funding

Maximum £8,000

Level 2

Entry requirements

Employers set the selection criteria.

Content

The apprenticeship includes core skills, core technical knowledge, and core behaviours required by Formworkers.

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:

Knowledge Test

The knowledge test is conducted under exam conditions and will consist of 30 multiple choice knowledge-based questions. The aim of the test will be to assess the apprentice’s knowledge and skills against those expected as part of the Formworker standard. The knowledge test will last a maximum of 1 hour and may be electronic or paper based.

Structured Interview

This consists of a structured interview between the apprentice and an assessor who will ask a minimum of 8-10 open questions using the apprentice’s portfolio as a basis for the discussion. It will take place over 40 minutes and the apprentice can refer to their portfolio to support their answers.

Practical test

This will consist of a practical assessment, completed in in a realistic work situation and will take a maximum of 8 hours. During the test, the apprentice will  be  observed  carrying  out  two  of  the following: using a specification/drawing to select the correct materials and tools and then position and fix in place formwork for a slab, beam, kicker, column, deck, wall or lift shaft.  The assessor will ask a  minimum of 6 questions during  or following  the  task, to  assess  related  underpinning knowledge. The apprentice will be provided with both written and verbal instructions on the tasks they must complete including timescales.

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 and taken the tests for level 2
  • achieved NVQ Level 2 Formworking Diploma
  • completed a Portfolio of Evidence

Grading

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

Professional Recognition

N/A

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