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!

 

In-house assessing for your organisation

 

What have Dental nurse practices, Care homes, Building firms and even Restaurants all got in common?

They all use in-house assessors!

It’s becoming increasingly popular for businesses across all sectors to train members of staff to become in-house assessors. If this is the first you have heard of the concept of ‘in-house assessing’ then it could definitely be worth finding out what it involves and whether or not your organisation could benefit from an in-house assessor. 

What does an in-house assessor do?

An in-house assessor is someone that works within a business and is qualified to assess members of staff within their business. They will be able to carry out observations on members of staff completing their NVQ’s. 

What are the benefits of having an in-house assessor?

Training up a member of staff to be an in-house assessor can be beneficial both for the business and the in-house assessor. 

Having someone within an organisation that is qualified to assess members of staff completing their NVQ’s means that the organisation wouldn’t have to have an external assessor come in from the training provider that is delivering the NVQ’s. Effectively, this means that all the training for members of staff within an organisation can take place internally. This is beneficial for any members of staff that are being trained up, because they will have someone who knows the organisation inside-out taking them through their course; effectively this means that the training delivered to the workforce will be more tailored to the business itself. 

As for the in-house assessor, not only would there be a few more pennies in the bank at the end of the month, but it is also very useful for future career progression opportunities. In-house assessors will tend to earn slightly more than their respective colleagues who aren’t qualified to assess, simple because they can assist with the training up of the workforce. 

 

Whether you are an employer considering training up members of staff to become in-house assessors, or if you yourself are looking at becoming an in-house assessor, our course information page will help you to find out what’s involved with our assessor courses.