End Point Assessment
Assessed Version: v1
The primary role of a tunnelling operative is to assist with the excavation, support and forming of tunnels and shafts in the ground associated with the construction process to provide an underground space, tunnel or shaft; typical tunnelling methods will include hand tunnelling, machine tunnelling, pipejacking, sprayed concrete lining, shaft sinking and drill and blast.
The tunnelling operative works as part of a larger team on a tunnelling project in which they will have responsibility for performing tasks which will include moving and handling materials, resources and components by mechanically assisted or manual means, loading and unloading, handling and conveying goods and materials to and from the workplace. Other duties will include guiding and controlling the movement and operation of plant, machinery and vehicles, preparing, checking and maintaining machinery and equipment in use.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
The apprenticeship includes core skills, core technical knowledge, and core behaviours required by Tunnelling 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:
This will consist of 32 multiple choice questions and 8 labelling & diagrammatical type questions. The test will be a 75-minute electronic or paper-based question paper and will the apprentice to demonstrate core technical knowledge across the Tunnelling Operative standard.
This will consist of a practical assessment, completed in in a real work environment. It will provide the opportunity for apprentices to demonstrate their core and specific knowledge, skills and behaviours learnt through the apprenticeship. The duration of the Practical Assessment will be 3-hours and can only be undertaken if the knowledge test is passed.
This will take the form of a structured interview between the apprentice and an assessor. It will be used to assess the apprentice on skills not covered by the practical assessment and to confirm knowledge, skills and behaviours using their portfolio of evidence as a basis for the discussion.
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
- satisfactory completion of the structured training agreed with the employer
- achievement of the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Tunnelling Operations
- completed a portfolio of evidence–to support the technical interview
This apprenticeship is graded by the independent assessor appointed by QFI and grades are either: fail, pass, merit or distinction.
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 email@example.com