The Value of Assessors and Apprenticeships
There are multiple paths you can take towards a great and successful career. As there has been an announcement that school and college leavers will be able to apply for apprenticeships alongside university courses. The government is hoping to encourage upskilling among younger generations of workers. However, university isn’t the be-all and end-all. Apprenticeships are extremely important as it gives the younger generation skills and knowledge hands-on. It also helps them to get a head start in their career and in the workforce. With the push for apprenticeships, there is going to be a demand for more Assessors!
Apprenticeships offer businesses a way to prepare to try and combat an ever-growing skills shortage, which we also talked about recently. With this demand, you may want a career change. If you love your industry and want to stay in it, but you also want a bit more cash in your pocket and more time for yourself. Then you should consider becoming an Assessor. As assessors have so much value in the apprenticeship work. As well as how you can spread your knowledge and skills to the younger generation.
Let’s go through how you can become an Assessor.
Become an Assessor
Becoming an Assessor provides you with some major benefits. Meaning further progression and new challenges, or simply financial gain! Whatever your reason may be, becoming an assessor can be a really smart choice. A reason many people want to become assessors is that they want to help others achieve their full potential in their careers and qualification. There are many other reasons why you would want to become an Assessor, such as professional development. Let’s take a step back for a moment and discuss what exactly is an Assessor.
What is an Assessor?
An NVQ Assessor supports and assesses students working towards a vocational qualification. This could be within a college, training centre or workplace. The job of an assessor is to ensure that learners are meeting the occupational standards which are required for them to complete their qualifications. You may be asking, what is a vocational qualification?
The definition of a vocational qualification according to the UK Government website is this:
‘VTQs are practical qualifications for over 16s. They’re designed to help people get the skills they need to start their career or go on to higher levels of education.’
Within this, there are a few different types, some more well-known than others. These are:
- BTECS- Level 1 to 7
- Cambridge Nationals- Levels 1 and 2
- Cambridge Technicals- Levels 2 and 3
- T-Levels- Level 3 qualifications
According to the Government website, there are over 2,000 different subjects available across the different VTQs. So you’re definitely spoilt for choice!
How do you become an Assessor?
To become a fully qualified assessor you need to have a qualification. Which is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Related Achievement or CAVA. This means you are qualified to assess learners in both the learning environment and the workplace. You also need occupational competence! You can start your Assessor journey today! The team here are always happy to help and answer any questions that you may have!