Something you will not want to miss out on

Something you will not want to miss out on

We are going to be the only training provider in the whole of England offering this. Do you want to find out what it is?

Well you’re going to have to wait another two and a half weeks yet I’m afraid. There’s nothing like building up a bit of tension.

In the meantime, here are three things which which we can guarantee you:

  • It’s FREE
  • You won’t find another assessor training provider in the country offering it
  • If you’re looking to become an assessor, it will definitely be of interest to you


This picture may not look like much at the moment. But it will become much clearer on the 2nd of November.

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Also in the last month…

Let the referrals do the talking 


“76% of the trainee assessors currently completing their assessor qualification with us were referred to us.”

Find out why more people are being referred to Brooks and Kirk for their assessor training.

Earning for Referring

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Brooks and Kirk’s New Affiliate Scheme

Brooks and Kirk’s New Affiliate Scheme



Whether you are doing your assessor training with Brooks and Kirk or not, we have a career opportunity waiting for you.

If this is the first time you have heard about an affiliate scheme, then you are probably wondering what it is and how it works. You should find that our Affiliate Scheme information page on our website answers both of these questions.

There are just four simple steps you will need to follow in order to start earning money from our Affiliate Scheme.

Become an Affiliate with Us Today

Also in the last month…

The much awaited free trial is now live! 


In case you weren’t already aware, Brooks and Kirk have become the first training provider to offer a Free Trial on the assessor course.

You can enrol yourself on the 10 Day Free Trial within a couple of minutes. If you hven’t already started your assessor course with us, why not give our Free Trial a go and see what you think?

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1 Year, 34 Posts and over 300 trainee assessors!

1 Year, 34 Posts and over 300 trainee assessors!

Assessor Training Posts

It’s been just over a year since we set up our own dedicated assessor training website. Well, 1 year, 2 weeks and 6 days to be precise! To mark the beginning of a new academic year, we thought we would reflect on a whole year’s worth of articles in one post. For anyone who is currently training to become an assessor, or looking at beginning their training to become an assessor, you may find that a few of our posts could be worth a read.

Whether you would like to make sure that you are choosing the right assessor qualification, find out what all the confusing acronyms are about in assessor job vacancies or if you are just curious about what a career as an NVQ assessor might entail, we have a post that was published with you in mind. 

We have cherry picked some of the most interesting (in our minds) and most useful posts from the 14/15 academic year. Happy reading!


Free PTLLS16/10/2014

The New PTLLS Qualification for FREE!

At this point, it was only a month ago since the old PTLLS award had been completely taken over by the Level 3 Award in Education and Training. We have been offering the level 3 tutor training qualification for free as part of our assessor courses ever since. 

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Assessor Training Technology11/11/2014

What is TEA and why is it important to me?

Yes, cups of tea are very important in a working day. But, that wasn’t the tea we were referring to here. Technology Enhanced Assessment (TEA) is extremely important within the modern day role of an NVQ assessor. Which is why we thought it would be very handy for our current and perspective trainee assessors to be aware of what it is, so that they could be ahead of the game. 

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linked newly qualified assessors04/12/2014

The importance of LinkedIn to newly trained Assessors

If you know what LinkedIn is already, then you will probably already know why it is so important that all newly trained NVQ assessors get themselves on there. If you don’t know what LinkedIn is, then it’s a good job we did this post for you to find out what it is and get yourself on there.

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Matrix Accreditation

Early December last year we were accredited with the Matrix standard. For anyone who is new to the world of teaching and training, Matrix accreditation will probably be completely alien to you. Find out why it’s reassuring to know that Brooks and Kirk have received Matrix accreditation. 

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Inexperienced Assessors Gaining Experience

“How am I supposed to gain experience in assessing, when so many assessor vacancies are asking for ‘experienced’ assessors?” We have been asked this question on many occasions, so we thought we would make anyone new to the sector aware of what shadowing an assessor involves.

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Mid-April saw us introduce the CertSelfie. We are still asking every learner to send in their CertSelfie once they have finished their training. If you have trained with us and not sent us in a selfie of you with your certificate, find out what you are missing out on!

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Make sure you choose the right assessor qualification

Very few people are aware of the name of the most current assessor qualifications. Even fewer are aware of which one it is that they need in order to become a fully qualified NVQ assessor. Because of this, we thought we would do this post to make sure that everyone is aware of which course it is that they need to do.

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24+ advanced learning loan25/06/2015

Tell me more about the 24+ Loan…

There were very few people that had heard about the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan before they called us up or stumbled across it on our website. We thought maybe a quick question and answer post would help to give people interested in funding their assessor training a better idea of exactly what the loan involves.

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In-house assessing for your organisation

What have Dental nurse practices, Care homes, Construction companies and even Restaurants all got in common? They all use in-house assessors! If in-house assessing is new to you, we wrote this post with you in mind. 

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Making Sense of NVQ Assessor Job Vacancies

If you have only just started looking at becoming an assessor then you wouldn’t be the first person to find it incredibly difficult to work out exactly what it is that you need in order to become a fully qualified assessor. That is why we thought we would clear any confusion by explaining it in black and white.

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And that bring us to where we are today! Whilst we like to think that we have probably answered any questions that you may have had in one of our posts over the last year, it will probably be quicker to just give us a call and have a chat with a member of our team. 

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The importance of LinkedIn to newly qualified assessors (revisited)

The importance of LinkedIn to newly qualified assessors (revisited)

We did a post about how important LinkedIn was for newly qualified assessors towards the end of last year and because we felt like it was such an important tool for assessors, we decided to revisit and update the post!

Becoming an Assessor LinkedIn


We have trained hundreds of assessors over the years and one of the most common questions we get asked regarding becoming an assessor is: ‘What are the job prospects like and do you help with gaining employment?’ Firstly, the demand for NVQ assessors is enormous. Secondly, whist we can point you in the right direction and give you as much advice and guidance as possible, it has got to be you that gets yourself the job you want at the end of the day. This post is all about one tool that can be used for both promoting yourself and having access to career opportunities. It’s called LinkedIn.

Most of you will probably have heard of LinkedIn before. If you haven’t, it is essentially a Facebook for professionals. LinkedIn is all about business opportunities and making new connections. For newly qualified assessors, the professional networking site is a perfect starting point. 

Hundreds of Colleges and Providers, including ourselves, frequently use LinkedIn for a variety of purposes. Whether it is to raise awareness of changes in the sector regarding qualifications being scrapped or funding rules, or even job opportunities and new courses. If you aren’t on LinkedIn then you could be missing out on an opportunity perfect for you.

There are thousands of groups on the world’s largest professional network. Joining groups that are relevant to you will give you the best chance of getting what you want out of LinkedIn. If you are reading this then you should find groups like: ‘NVQ and Apprenticeship Assessors looking for work’,  ‘The Assessor Verifier Group’  and our very own Assessor Training Jobs, News and Courses will all prove to be very useful for either seeking new career opportunities, networking or recruitment. 

It only takes five minutes to set up an account on there and to start to build your profile. So, if you are looking at training to become an assessor and you haven’t got a LinkedIn account, we would strongly suggest you set one up. The next step in your career could be waiting for you there!


Making Sense of NVQ Assessor Job Vacancies

Do any of these look familiar?


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These are all snippets from NVQ Assessor job vacancies across various websites. If this is all new to you, then hopefully you should find this post useful for simplifying all these baffling vacancies. 

If you have only just started looking at becoming an assessor then you wouldn’t be the first person to find it incredibly difficult to work out exactly what it is that you need in order to become a fully qualified assessor. 

Our CAVA, D Units, A1, TAQA page on our website is definitely worth a read if you would like to clear up any confusion in your mind with regards to what all these acronyms mean. After having a read of that page you will realise that the most current up to date assessor qualification you will need if you want to become a fully qualified assessor, is in fact the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA). 

You will generally find that the only requirements for assessor vacancies are that you are occupationally competent in the area that you are looking to assess in, have a good standard of Maths and English and hold your relevant assessor qualification. Occupational competence can also be a bit of a grey area for people who are new to the world of fishing for assessor jobs. 

Occupational competence is judged on experience of working in the relevant job role and/or prior qualifications within that line of work. Essentially, if you have been working in Childcare for 10 years and hold your Level 3 in Children and Young People, then you would be classed as occupationally competent to assess up to Level 3. However, each training provider and college will have different requirements with regards to the qualifications and experience they want their assessors to have in order to be deemed occupationally competent. 

Hopefully this post has helped with making more sense of assessor vacancies and has left you more clued up with what your next step from here is going to be. If you are still unsure about anything regarding what you need to do to become an NVQ assessor, then please give us a call on 01205 805 155 or drop us an email

Inexperienced Assessors Gaining Experience

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If you are a newly-trained NVQ Assessor and you have been looking at what job opportunities are around, you may have seen that a lot of the vacancies are asking for something that you might not have… 

Experience. Not all NVQ Assessor vacancies, but too many say that applicants should ideally have experience. This makes it incredibly difficult for some people to break into this sector. How can newly-trained NVQ Assessors be able to gain experience if they need the experience to get a job? Well, there is an option available to anyone who finds themselves in this position.

Assessor shadowing

Assessor shadowing is an ideal way to gain experience with genuine assessments in the workplace. If shadowing is something that you’re not familiar with, it basically involves voluntarily observing a qualified, experienced assessor carrying out assessments with a learner. This would enable the individual who is doing the shadowing to become more familiar with what an assessment should look like. 

There are plenty of training organisations out there happy for a newly-trained assessor to shadow their assessors. It doesn’t cost the organisation anything. Also, it’s a good way to get your name out there to start developing relationships with learning providers. 

Shadowing an NVQ Assessor could be what gets you that job that would of otherwise been out of reach.

The group just for you!


You may have read a post we did a few weeks back about the importance of LinkedIn to newly trained Assessors. Well following on from that, we decided to set up a group on LinkedIn specifically for people who have either recently completed their Assessor Training, or are looking to become an NVQ Assessor. If you’re reading this post, then it is highly likely this group will be ideal for you!

Assessor Training Jobs News and Courses

The Assessor Training Jobs, News and Courses group is designed to make the process of building a career as an Assessor as straight forward as possible. We will be bringing together a selection of current job vacancies from around England as well as upcoming courses and other news. 

There will also be discussions on the page open for anyone to join in and share their opinions. If you would like to start your own discussion or would like advice from somebody, then this group can also be a platform for you to use. 

It is an open group so that means that absolutely anybody can join. It’s also a very new group! So, after you have joined the group, if you know anyone that is interested in Assessor Training get them to join as well!

Make sure that you keep up to date with the latest job vacancies near you and up coming courses by joining the Assessor Training Jobs, News and Courses group today!