Established in 2019, DNA Skills is an End-point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) primarily involved in the sport and physical activity sectors. It is part of the SCL Education Group of companies, whose provisions within primary schools, further/higher education and work-based learning have provided opportunities for over 250,000 young people across the UK since 1999.
Salary: Competitive market rate salary offered
Location: Remote with travel to DNA Skills Head Office + Venues
End-Point Assessments take place at the end of an apprentice’s journey once they have fully completed the Professional Standard at their place of employment. End-Point assessments are conducted by independent assessors on behalf of a separate organisation (the End-Point Assessment Organisation – EPAO). They are holistic assessments of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) that have been learnt by the apprentice during their off the job training. At DNA Skills we aim to ensure that employers are gaining an apprentice who is confident and fully job ready, so therefore our Independent End-Point Assessors (IEPA) will make sure that standards are consistently met across the board.
End-Point assessments will be conducted onsite and remotely on dates agreed with the employer. IEPAs will only be able to undertake End-Point assessments of apprentices, with whom they have no conflicts of interest. They must not have been involved in the on-programme training, assessment or line management of apprentices that they are conducting assessments for. EPA activities will be quality assured by a member of the DNA Skills quality team.
IEPAs for the Outdoor Activity Instructor (OAI) EPA will be qualified to meet the occupational profile of the apprentices that they will be assessing. The role requires someone who is flexible in their approach to all tasks, with the independence to travel and has exceptional assessment abilities and experience, together with the capability to act with integrity and impartiality.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DAY TO DAY DUTIES
- Carry out high quality and compliant End-Point assessments of apprentice’s competence against the apprenticeship standard at selected venues.
- Complete scheduled assessments in an accurate and timely manner.
- Record and submit concise reports with assessment feedback explaining assessment decisions in line with the grading criteria.
- Provide detailed and appropriate feedback to support apprentice development.
- Complete and maintain all required assessment and regulatory paperwork, using the appropriate systems for internal and external quality assurance.
- To execute all activities in line with DNA Skills values.
- Ensure all assessment judgements are fair, valid and free from bias.
- Take responsibility for own development and provide evidence of ongoing, relevant Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Maintaining excellent working knowledge of Apprenticeship Standards and assessment plans relevant to the area of expertise.
- Attend and take part in regular standardisation activities, organised and delivered by DNA Skills, associated with the EPA delivered.
- Implement DNA Skills protocols that are set out in DNA Skills specifications, assessment materials and policies.
- Ensure that a detailed understanding of the DNA Skills policies and processes is up to date and maintained.
- Efficiently and accurately use the DNA Skills Creatio Green EPA system.
- Undertake onsite and remote invigilation duties.
- Raise any conflicts of interest, including in relation to the independence of assessment.
- Liaise with other departments to facilitate a smooth customer journey.
- Detailed knowledge of safeguarding and prevent duties.
- Attend a minimum of 2 days EPAO standardisation sessions per year.
- Undertake and record planned and relevant Continuous Professional Development. A minimum of 24 hours per annum is expected covering both vocational and assessment competence.
DO YOU HAVE WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR?
- Have current and sufficient knowledge and understanding of the OAI Apprenticeship Standard and the grading criteria.
- Have at least 2 years’ current experience of working within the outdoor learning sector that provides up-to-date knowledge and understanding of operational models, apprentice training and good practice for the occupation of the apprentices they are assessing.
- Hold or be working towards an Assessor Award (A1, TAQA qualification or equivalent) or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS or QTLS) plus at least 12 months’ experience of responsibility for the workplace competence assessment of outdoor instructors, leaders or teachers.
- Personal competence in remote or hazardous situations (e.g. Mountain, river or sea).
- Level 2 English and Maths qualifications (or equivalent).
- Outstanding organisational and time management skills.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Have experience of interviewing techniques.
- Full, clean, UK driving license and use of a vehicle.
- Ability to be flexible in your work approach whilst solving problems independently.
- Hold or be working towards a relevant Internal Quality Assurer qualification.
- Understand the use of technical equipment to aid remote assessment.
ARE YOU A DNA SKILLS PERSON?
- You are approachable and honest
- You have a passion for building effective relationships
- You are forward thinking
- You are willing to bring new ideas to the table
- You realise by working as team we can achieve our collective goals
This job description does not represent a finite list of duties and you may be called upon to undertake further duties or additional duties not already mentioned but in accordance with your post and as reasonably required for the success of the department and DNA Skills.