Skillsfirst – Putting the apprentice at the heart of everything we do…

At Skillsfirst, our aim is to offer a service that gives the apprentice the opportunity to achieve their best possible End Point Assessment (EPA) outcome. By working in partnership with employers and providers we have created an EPA solution that delivers the following benefits: 

  • Swift turnaround on EPA bookings
  • Market leading EPA booking and management system
  • Secure, onscreen testing platform with immediate results for multiple-choice tests
  • Overall EPA results within 10 days
  • FREE Toolkits for all standards and practice papers
  • No registration fees
  • FREE EPA surgeries
  • Simple, pain-free processes
  • Professional Discussions contextualised to the apprentice’s place of work
  • Sector experts for all EPA sectors
  • Ofqual regulated

Our transparent EPA fees can be found here.

For 2023/24 our EPA fees can be found in our annual price index.

Skillsfirst is part of the VTCT group, under our Skills for Logistics brand we offer more EPA standards across the transport, warehousing, logistics and supply chain sectors.

It’s always great to hear from learners who have completed their EPA with Skillsfirst…

‘Although I was extremely nervous, the experience was fantastic. My Skillsfirst Independent Assessor was reassuring and helpful. Doing it online worked really well and I would be happy to do another one the same way. The speed of results coming back was very impressive as well. Thank you.’

Elizabeth Pyle – Operations Departmental Manager

‘I found the apprenticeship as a whole a journey of progression. At the beginning I was a shy and nervous individual who was struggling, but by the middle of my apprenticeship I felt very confident with communication and was on-top of my assignments. I got a distinction in the end, thanks to my tutor and the encouragement I received from everyone.’

Sana Afsar – Customer Service Practitioner

‘My Independent Assessor was excellent, she made me feel relaxed and really put my mind at rest. She chatted to me first before the actual assessment, which also put me at ease and made me feel more confident. She was, in my opinion, excellent.’

Angela Walsh – Team Leader/Supervisor

Not forgetting the customers we work with…

“As an established accredited centre and employer/provider of apprenticeships, I have found Skillsfirst to be highly supportive and helpful.  Members of my team and I have attended several workshops and support sessions over the years, all of which have been extremely helpful in providing practical advice and support.  The support staff are patient and helpful when we had issues with the proctoring process for End-point Assessments.

Recently, the Head of Assessment for Health, Social Care, Early Years, Children and Young People, and the Head of Assessment for Business Sector attended my online team meeting.  Both Mark and Yvonne were extremely knowledgeable and explained processes and gave practical advice to my team of assessors, trainers and IQA’s.  They understood the pressures facing us an accredited centre and employer/provider, supporting us in identifying realistic and uncomplicated solutions.  It was a fantastic opportunity for the team to discuss experiences and challenges in a positive way with experts who have the answers!”

Sarah Foster

Worcestershire County Council

“The support and guidance from the Skillsfirst team has been invaluable with equipping delivery staff with the knowledge and confidence to prepare for End-point Assessment. The attendance of team meetings, standardisation and training sessions by Skillsfirst staff has helped to develop excellent working relationships and ensure that the delivery of the new apprenticeship standards is in line with the End-point Assessment requirements.”

Rhys Robinson

Learning Unlimited

Want to find out more…?

To learn more about how Skillsfirst can support you with end-point assessment, please call 0121 270 5100 (option 3) or email: [email protected]