3 Reasons to Become an Assessor
With the New Year in sight, there has never been a better time to look at changing your career. What better choice than to become an Assessor? Now you may be thinking where on earth do I fit that in around my busy schedule? You’ll be surprised to hear that Assessor qualifications are flexible enough to fit around any hectic lifestyle. Even if you just have one hour a day, that will quickly enable you to progress and become an Assessor.
So now that we have convinced you that you do have time to complete an Assessor qualification, what makes this career so appealing? Here are 3 reasons why you should become an Assessor.
Work From Home, At Your Pace
Most NVQ Assessor jobs are 100% home-based at the moment. Of course as restrictions ease this will change slightly when travelling to learners is required. Travelling still only makes up about half (or less) of your hours. In some cases, you won’t need to leave the comfort of your own home.
Let’s use the 50% travelling time as an example. What this means is that for just over 2 working days will be spent on the road, but the rest of the week is at home. Take off your current daily commute to work (which is probably a lot less economical than being on the road consistently for a couple of days), and your stress levels will also be much lower!
This benefit alone should be enough to persuade you to consider a career in assessing. The average salary of an Assessor is around £32,500 per year. Of course this depends on lots of external factors including where you live; the experience you have; and the employer themselves.
Remember you always need to work out your cost of living and compare this with the money being offered for a job. You have to be able to live within your means, but if becoming an Assessor is the pay-rise you are willing to work towards, then the sooner you get started the better!
More Apprenticeships, More Jobs
You will have probably noticed lots of talk about apprenticeships during the past year, with the Government providing lots of funding to encourage businesses to take on apprentices too. What this means is that there are more people undertaking apprenticeships. How does this correlate with becoming an Assessor though? Having this qualification can open up a few different doors:
- IEPA (Independent End-Point Assessor)
- EPA (End-Point Assessor)
- EPAO (End-Point Assessment Organisation)
All apprenticeships require the input of an End-Point Assessor who is responsible for carrying out the final assessments with the apprentice, to ensure the Apprenticeship Standard has been met. As long as you are qualified and experienced within the specific sector in which you wish to assess, you could go down the route of becoming an IEPA too. An IEPA is a bit more specialised than a general Assessor though. If you would like to find out more about this then give us a call on 01205 805155.
So there you have it, the top 3 reasons to become an Assessor. Whether you are looking to take the next step in your career, or are looking for more of a work-life balance then the time to become an Assessor is now!
Steve is a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
He provides Educational Consultancy to the 19+ sector as well as being an Assessor, IQA, EPA and Digital Marketing Professional. When not doing any of these he finds time, every now and then, to write blogs and articles.