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COVID-19 UPDATE – Monday 8th February 2021

Active IQ is proud that the success and safety of our customers and apprentices has remained at the heart of our business decision-making throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to be amazed at our customers’ resilience and impressed at the way they have embraced our support and additional remote learning products, enabling them to continue delivering high quality learning to their apprentices, in some very challenging circumstances.

End-point Assessment flexibilities and discretions during COVID-19

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has published updates to standards that allow for the use of flexibilities and discretions, to enable EPA to continue across a large number of apprenticeship standards during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The list of standards with flexibilities can be found here.

IfATE has confirmed that the current flexibilities and discretions will remain in place until the end of August 2021, and they have assured us that they will provide at least 12 weeks’ notice of any revision to the current flexibilities.

Following the national lockdown, the Government has recently updated their apprenticeship programme response which can be found here.

In line with the new announcements, we can continue to consider Live Observations via our live booking process. Live assessment booking forms, along with the Customer COVID-19 checklist and a copy of the EPA hosting venue risk assessment, should be sent to our EPA team on

These requests will be looked at on an individual basis and confirmation of the booking will be acknowledged once we have completed the required checks. 

If you wish to discuss hosting live observations safely, in line with latest Government guidelines, or require the live booking documents, please contact our EPA team on

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