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The energy efficiency industrial partnership employer led assessment

The Energy & Efficiency Industrial PartnershipEmployer-led Assessment

Barry Brooks

Strategic Adviser

[email protected]

The policy landscape
The policy landscape

Government’s Skills Policies all focus on employer-leadership :

Employer Ownership of Workforce Skills Pilots

Apprenticeship Trailblazers


Which sectors are involved
Which Sectors are involved?

  • Energy Supply/ Efficiency

    • including gas, power, energy assessment and installation, housing

  • Energy Production/ Distribution/ Transmission

    • including gas, power and renewables

  • Environmental Sustainability

    • including water, waste management and recycling

Industrial partnership council board
Industrial Partnership Council Board

Accountable for shaping the Partnership’s overarching strategy and objectives in the context of skills, sustainability and other issues facing the Partnership’s sectors.

“Together we will take a radical new approach to recruitment and skills.

The Partnership will set the agenda and

pioneer new approaches to training development, delivery and assessment that will yield the skills the sector needs.

By investing in talent the

Partnership intends not only to solve its skills shortages, but also to create jobs and help the whole economy”.

Energy and Efficiency Industrial Partnership

Overview of the programme
Overview of the programme

Employer Ownership Pilot




Sector Attractiveness

Youth Entrant Programmes

Independent Quality Board

Flexible Apprenticeships

- Trailblazers

Quality Framework and

Approval process


Experienced Talent – up-skilling,

re-skilling and leadership

Independent Assessment

Diversity, Youth,

Experienced, Leadership

Job Creation and Talent Retention Pool for the Industry

The partnership s commitments
The Partnership’s commitments

  • Whilst the sector faces large skills challenges we are collectively addressing these by working together

  • Our priorities include:

    • Simplifying a complex system

    • Working together for a better future

    • Meeting business needs

    • Doing the right thing

  • Our measures focus activity on:

    • What we are doing.

    • How we are doing it.

    • Are we making the difference needed?

Eeip a workforce wide approach to skills

  • Government requirements

  • Job/employer requirements

  • Professional Body requirements

  • Apprentice requirements

EEIP - a workforce-wide approach to skills

  • New

  • Entrant

  • Government requirements

  • Employer requirements

  • Professional Body requirements

  • Entrant requirements

  • Improver

  • Sector requirements

  • Employer requirements

  • Professional Body Requirements

  • Employee requirements

Talent Pool

Blue print for the new nos

Blue-print for the new NOS

  • Occupation Title

  • A brief overview of the occupation that specifies the observable performance of a competent and effective practitioner.

  • Occupation Definition

  • The core functions of a competent and effective practitioner.

  • Occupation Description

  • The essential competencies required by a practitioner to undertake the core functions, as well as, where appropriate, what enhanced performance looks like.

  • Occupation Knowledge & Skills

  • The qualities that an individual must consistently demonstrate to be recognised as an expert practitioner.

  • Occupation Attitudes & Behaviours

In the real world of work
In the real world of work... authenticity.

Trade Tests

Authorisation Levels

Differentiating performance

Differentiating Performance

Distinction: Superlative (Best)


Merit: Comparative(Better)


Performance recognised by authorisation levels


Positive (Good)



Cognitive, Functional, Methodological, Personal

Industry-led amplification & exemplification

Industry led assessment
Industry-led assessment authenticity.

  • Knowledge:

    • Factual

    • Theoretical

  • Skills:

    • Cognitive

    • Practical

  • Behaviours:

    • Ethical

    • Interpersonal


Authorisation levels

Learning Outcomes: Competency accord


Trade tests

Assessment Principles and associated sector tolerances

Continuum for independent assessment
Continuum for Independent Assessment authenticity.

Timing and nature of on-programme assessment potentially employer and/or sector specific such as current trade tests

End of programme synoptic assessment:

Enhanced Trade tests;

Authorisation interviews; knowledge tests


On-programme assessment + synoptic assessment = competence

From employer assessment to an employer led assessment system
From employer assessment to an employer-led assessment system

  • Authentic assessment needs to be valid, reliable, manageable (internal assurance), and

  • When the public purse contributes there needs to be general public assurance and confidence around:

    • Rigour

    • Comparability across assessment decisions and outcomes

    • Comparable over time (so standards of competence remain consistent)

  • Ofqual manages this for the supply-driven model of VET

  • Our approach is to secure a demand-led (employer-led) model.

Characteristics of industry led assessment
Characteristics of industry-led assessment system

Formative &




Productivity & Quality

Why are energy and utilities employers excited by independent assessment
Why are Energy and Utilities employers excited by independent assessment?

  • ‘Own’ assessment mechanisms, processes and procedures

  • Streamline assessment of apprenticeships by using trusted industry practice as ‘The’ practice (Trade Tests, Authorisations)

  • ‘Own’ occupational standards by sharing IPR through employer-leadership

  • Allow qualification market place to develop around customer service and quality of resources and support not assessment and quality assurance

  • Strip out duplication and unnecessary service provision (and associated cost) around assessment

What will employer led independent assessment look like
What will employer-led independent assessment look like? independent assessment?

  • Develop and ‘own’ occupational standards for employers and the sector

  • Provide assurance around employer assessment for businesses of all sizes

  • Ensure consistency and comparability in assessment practice across and between employers

  • Ensure standards of competence are maintained over time

  • Provide public assurance of value and impact of public investment

  • Establish a talent pool of competent workers for both asset owners and their supply chains

The quality assurance register
The Quality Assurance Register independent assessment?

Provider Approval

Assessor and Affiliate Training & Approval

Quality assurance, audit and control

Standardisation across and between employment settings & standardisation across and between assessor decisions

Collection of data and reporting on performance to include benchmarking & consistency across & between audiences & constituencies in different contexts and settings

Establishing reliable independent assessment
Establishing reliable independent assessment independent assessment?

Approaches to assessment developed and based on established custom and practice within and across the sector with a focus on establishing comparability and consistency

Employer A’s Assessment Approach

Employer B’s Assessment Approach

Employer C’s Assessment Approach

Employer D’s Assessment Approach

Robust and consistent application of the assessment approaches across the sector including the supply chain

All successful candidates registered on the EUSR together with agreed levels of authorisation for specified roles within and across different employers

Assessment through peer review
Assessment Through Peer Review independent assessment?

Experts from

Employer A

Experts from

Employer B

Experts from

Employer C

Sector Experts: Assessors; Verifiers; External Verifiers

Assessing Employees from Employer A


Employees from Employer B


Employees from Employer C

The eeip s independent assessment
The EEIP’s independent assessment independent assessment?

  • Increased authenticity and validity in assessment

  • Streamlined and more efficient and effective learning and assessment

  • Increase impact and ROI for employers, employees and tax-payers

  • Better quality of service from providers (customer service and resources focused)

  • Ensure employer leadership in standards, assessment and quality assurance

  • Workforce that is better trained and more flexible

A radical approach to workforce skills
A radical approach to workforce skills independent assessment?

The EEIP is committed to employer ownership for skills development:

  • For the stock of their existing workforce

  • For the flow of young people into their workforce

    The EEIP recognises that employer ownership is not without its challenges:

  • This is paradigm shift from supply-driven to demand-led

  • There are many established vested interests in established positions

  • Employers do not have a tradition of speaking with one voice

  • Competition rather than collaboration has been the tradition.

    By investing in talent the Partnership intends not only to solve its skills shortages, but also to create jobs and help the whole economy

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The Energy & Efficiency independent assessment?Industrial PartnershipEmployer-led Assessment

Barry Brooks

Strategic Adviser

[email protected]