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Bridgwater & Taunton College spearhead civil engineering apprenticeships

Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC) is spearheading the Civil Engineering trade Apprenticeships end-point assessment (EPA) agenda, being the first in the country to complete EPAs in Formwork and in Steel Fixing.

Paramount to the achievement of an Apprenticeship, the EPA tests the knowledge, skills and behaviours that an apprentice has gained during their training. Unique to each Apprenticeship standard, the EPA demonstrates the competence of an apprentice in their role – which is crucial for current and future employers.

This outstanding achievement of being the first provider in the country to complete these EPAs, means all of BTC’s Formwork and Steel Fixing apprentices who have undertaken the EPA have achieved a 100% success rate! The Formwork apprentices are employed by Bylor, and the Steel Fixing apprentices employed by Laing O’Rourke, Bylor, and Berkeley Homes.

These Apprenticeships have been delivered at BTC’s state-of-the-art Construction Skills and Innovation Centre (CSIC) in Cannington – a realistic working environment, including a Steel Fixing Arena – which is really leading the field. CSIC’s team are industry professional trainers and assessors, who are passionate about delivering the very best training, demonstrated by their commitment to working with industry employers, professional organisations, and awarding bodies to achieve the best possible outcomes for learners and employers.

BTC has worked with End-Point Assessment Organisations NOCN for Steel Fixing and QFI for Formwork, and Qualifications for Industry (QFI) and major construction supplier Mabey to facilitate the first ever Formwork EPAs. 

This EPA achievement demonstrates how BTC works with employers, industry specialists, community organisations and awarding bodies to develop and deliver innovative, accredited training and Apprenticeship programmes that fully address the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and industry behaviours that combine to create professional, work-ready individuals.

For more information about training and Apprenticeships at Bridgwater & Taunton College, see www.btc.ac.uk