End Point Assessment
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Piling is a highly specialised part of the construction process for any significant project. As such it has a long-term challenge to bring in talented people and train them to the level of competence required to ensure that the foundations they are building are constructed safely and meet exacting quality standards.
Job holders in this role assist in driving, boring and forming piles in the ground in order to provide firm support for buildings and structures by attending to the requirements of the piling operation. The work includes supporting piling plant machine operatives and specialist piling operatives (Level 3) by performing a variety of manual and mechanically assisted tasks which will include; load and unload, handle and move materials, prepare, measure, mark and cut materials, monitoring and reporting progress; guide and control the movement and operation of plant, machinery and vehicles; prepare, check, control and maintain machinery and equipment in use; recover, clean, and maintain equipment for reuse.
Employers set the selection criteria.
The apprenticeship includes core skills, core technical knowledge, and core behaviours required by Piling Attendants.
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:
This will consist of a practical assessment, completed in ‘live’ site environment supporting one of the relevant techniques of Piling Operations. It will provide the apprentice with the opportunity to demonstrate the required skills, knowledge and behaviours they have learnt through their apprenticeship. The duration of the technical test will be approximately 3.5 hours and apprentices will be given a brief prior to the test commencing. The apprentice must pass this first stage of the assessment in order to move on to the professional interview stage.
The professional interview will be conducted by a panel of assessors and will take approximately 1.5 hours. It will include both generic occupational questions and questions specific to the achieved piling process(s). The interview will be used to probe for occupational knowledge and understanding and be structured around the evidence presented within the apprentice’s logbook. During the interview, the apprentice may use audio and visual aids, such as PowerPoint, to help them describe the knowledge. skills and behavioural competence they have acquired over the course of their apprenticeship programme.
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 in Piling Operations
- completed a Piling Attendant Log Book
This apprenticeship is graded by the independent assessors appointed by QFI and grades are either: fail, pass, merit or distinction.
Progression from the Level 2 Apprenticeship could lead to Level 3 in specialist piling operations or with experience and maturity. Occupational Work Supervision (Piling) within the construction industry. This standard has been designed to deliver sufficient competence, underpinning knowledge and understanding in the identified job role in order to allow individuals to meet the requirements of construction industry registration schemes. On successful completion of this standard each individual will have the opportunity to progress to become a Specialist Piling Operative (Level 3) e.g. Piling Rig Operator, Mud Plant Operative, Tremie Operative or Charge Hand.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org