Supporting Employers and Training Providers to design, deliver and End Point Assess successful Apprenticeship programmes

The Apprenticeship sector has been subject to significant change. DSW helps cross-sector Employers and Providers to embrace that change, through consultancy to make the best use of the Levy and EPA, design and delivery services which complement, not compete, with Training Providers.

Our Assessors have an-depth knowledge of their chosen industry and sector. Fully qualified and experienced, they maintain their CPD to ensure full understanding of the job roles they assess.

National scale

& reach

Our nationwide talent pool of 200+ Assessors and 850 learning and development professionals means we can handle cohorts of any size, in any location.


We have robust IQA and EQA processes which mirror industry benchmarks across all of the standards we assess. A rigorous assessment and selection process ensures potential assessors have the right level of skills, knowledge and expertise for the Standards they assess. 

Adaptable & collaborative

Providing clarity for Employers, Training Providers and Apprentices to support their understanding and implementation of the Standards. We give helpful, friendly guidance backed by a suite of support materials.



Standards we EPA

We are on the register to independently assess the most Financial Services Standards of any EPAO, with many more in scope and a select number immediately under development.

Apprenticeship &

End Point Assessment services

End Point Assessment

Approved by the ESFA, we provide independent and robust End Point Assessment across a growing list

of Standards.

Design & delivery

Subject matter experts to help design

and deliver engaging, millennial-friendly Apprenticeship programmes.


Consultancy to help Employers get more from the Levy, develop Apprenticeship academies and map the right Standards

to roles in scope. 

How our EPA process works

Responsive, Millennial-friendly, collaborative and supportive sums up our approach to End Point Assessment.

Our suite of support materials provides clarity for Employers, Training Providers and Apprentices to support their understanding of what activities are involved and how these are assessed for each Standard.

Initial Engagement

  • Initial Meeting to confirm requirements

  • Register Apprentices on EPA Pro

  • Issue guides & toolkits

  • Assign Assessor on 

  • Registration

  • Standard-specific training for Tutors / Coaches


  • 1 & 3 month check to confirm Apprentice readiness for Gateway

  • Confirm standard requirements have been met

  • Schedule provisional dates & times for EPA

  • Issue mock tests if applicable

EPA Commences

  • Monthly calls to ensure progress remains on-track

  • Support & training available if needed

  • DSW flexible to        accommodate earlier or later completion 

Interim Review

  • Sample of evidence reviewed

  • Detailed written feedback issued to ATP

  • EPA dates & times confirmed or amended

Final Assessment

  • Provide platforms & resources to enable remote assessment

  • Assess the Apprenticeship in-line with the Assessment Plan & Marking Criteria


  • Fast turnaround - 
    5 working days

  • Communicate grades to the Training Provider

  • Apply for certificates from the ESFA

  • Certificates issued by the ESFA

Get in touch today

If you’d like to find out more about Apprenticeships, discuss your requirements or simply get a feel for who we are, get in touch.

Chelsey Cottrill

Account Manager

+44 (0)1302 260 577

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