EHAP, a new end-point assessment organisation has formally launched today – offering specialist hospitality assessments for apprentices working across restaurants, hotels and catering businesses.
Aiming to alleviate the challenges brought about by a shortage of specialist hospitality end point assessment organisations, EHAP will use a team of qualified in-house assessors to offer a 28-day end point assessment process.
The CAVA (Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement) qualified team will be made up of experts who have previously worked in hospitality establishments, either as an apprentice or in other operational and management roles.
The company has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) – the Government body which monitors apprenticeship training standards.
It has been accredited to provide end-point-assessments across five standards. These include: Hospitality Team Member, Hospitality Supervisor, Hospitality Manager, Commis Chef and Chef De Partie.
In March 2020, a survey conducted and published by FE Week found that 38% of end-point assessors and EPA organisations questioned, cited that demand for end-point assessment outweighs the current level of assessors available.
There are currently 322 end point assessment organisations in the UK working across all sectors, and only up to 4% of these cover the hospitality sector.
Headed up by Dan Power, the company will help to support the assessment process for apprentices currently working in the hospitality sector.
Power was previously head of projects at Umbrella Training. In a career spanning more than 20 years in apprenticeships and assessment, he has held roles at People 1st where he consulted on the Apprenticeship Levy onset in 2017, and was also part of the management agents involved in the development of the hospitality trailblazer standards.
Power said: “I am delighted to be launching EHAP at such a critical time for the industry. We are very aware of the vital role apprentices are going to play in the future of the sector so it’s crucial that there are more credible end-point-assessment organisations to help tackle the pending demand.
“For me, it is important that EPAs are able to offer agile and seamless services which are critical to the people management strategy of any organisation.”
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