Projects & Initiatives
FEDEC undertakes projects and initiatives, many of which involve all relevant or eligible members of the partnership. These have included South East Local Enterprise Partnership and Education Training Foundation bids for skills initiative funding amongst others. Most recently FEDEC has supported a collaborative project with City & Guilds to develop an Apprenticeships End-Point Assessment Hub.
It is also working on other projects including; the University of Portsmouth's Further Forces Programme through which FEDEC organisations seek to recruit ex-services personnel into FE college vacancies; and an initiative with the Essex Employment and Skills Board to recruit young people into FE careers. Both of these projects are fully detailed on our Staff & CPD page.
Essex End-Point Assessment Hub
This project has sought to bring together FEDEC partners to create a Hub based resource of apprenticeship assessors to deliver independent end-point assessments across the county. This project has been in conjunction with and supported by City & Guilds. The EPA Hub is currently one of two pilots nationally and is being developed to help facilitate the growing demand and responsiveness that will be required to service the independent EPA aspect of the new Apprenticeships Standards.
All of FEDEC's eligible apprenticeship providing organisations collectively supply a potential resource or bank of C&G registered assessors, which can be utilised to undertake independent EPAs for other apprenticeship providers at employer or training locations across the county. This is co-ordinated via a Hub Service which is operated as part of Essex Shared Services Ltd (ESSL).
The project has been undertaken in three phases; project set-up, pilot delivery operation and full operation. The Hub is currently in its pilot delivery operational phase and is established with administrative support and a Hub Manager based at ESSL's office in Basildon. The Hub will expand its awarding body End-Point Assessment Hub Organisation partnerships in the coming months, to widen the scope of Apprenticeship Standards it covers and to increase its scope and capacity.
The project's progress and effectiveness as a future model for remedying and supporting IEPA activity and capacity, including the possibility of national approval for similar models is expected to be concluded by the ESFA and IFA in the New Year 2019.
Essex EPA Hub Contacts:
Katharine Ball, EPA Hub Manager- email: Katharine.Ball@EssexSharedServices.co.uk
Administration - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FEDEC is supported by an Operational Director, Carol Anson-Higgs. Communications with FEDEC should be made via the details provided on our Contact page.