As part of their course, students are employed by a construction/carpentry firm and attend College one day a week, being trained across different specialisations in Carpentry and Joinery. The employer and training provider will then decide if the candidate has the required skills, knowledge and behaviours to be able to attempt the theory and practical elements of the EPA - a trying task that really shows off the combination of skills students learn on the job and in the classroom. To pass the practical EPA, the students must meet the required standards, but also finish the task within a specific time frame.
Mark Sayer, lecturer in Built Environment at Folkestone College said "The six Level 3 Carpenters that have so far passed have gone through a very difficult time and have stuck it out to the end. They have all shown hard work, tolerance, patience and grit."
And on the key role that staff have had in supporting these successful six, Mark continues, "It has also taken a lot of hard work by not only myself, but their assessors Steven Doust and Ian Lehane, to keep them buoyant over the last 2 years, and have managed to retain the whole group despite the challenges thrown at us, especially over the past year or so. All involved with the EPA centre in Canterbury also deserve a mention, for setting it up, managing and servicing the candidates during a very stressful time.
"The standards have definitely raised the bar for apprenticeship training. The 'badge of honour' for successfully completing is a combination of meeting the skills, knowledge and behaviours that the Construction Industry have been demanding for years."
Clearly the successful six will now be able to stand out from other competition with their skills and determination, so congratulations to them! You can find out more about how Folkestone College can get you stand out from the crowd at our next Open Day. Find out more here.