Things are changing for assessors

The assessor role is changing.  This changing assessor role is best demonstrated by two recent articles I read.

In an article published on the FE News website called “The changing role of the assessor in apprenticeships”, Hilary Read argues that:

“You (assessors) need to ensure that your own occupational competence and knowledge are up-to-date. This is to ensure you have the right skills and knowledge to remain credible to employers. Employers involved in apprenticeships are already taking the assessment function in-house. You may need to go back into industry to remain employable.”assessor role is changing

Euan Blair, writing for Unifrog about a year ago, said this:

“The current shift from apprenticeship frameworks (narrow, didactic qualifications that suited a generic approach to delivery), to apprenticeship standards (flexible, employer-designed qualifications that match skills gaps), should be hugely supportive of this endeavour. Currently, too many assessors lack sufficient relevant experience to deliver a truly modern, work-based qualification. A particular concern is the number of assessors who are so far removed from the latest developments in their sector that they are ill-equipped to deal with crucial technological developments. Attracting top quality professionals to deliver apprenticeships is not straightforward, but a significant selling point will be the chance to teach university level qualifications, as will working with employers in a sector they know well to develop innovative content and delivery methods. This development could bring with it a new generation of outstanding teachers/assessors.”

Business as usual for assessors will just not cut it.

So, how should assessors prepare for the coming changes?  Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Find out about the apprentice standards in the sector you are interested in.  A good place to start would be the government website on standards.
  2. Audit your skills.   What do you need to improve on?   For example, the new Digital Marketing Standard now has a Coding section.  This means a good understanding of HTML, CSS and Javascript is a must.
  3. Expand your skills by taking courses offered by entiies like Edx, Future Learn and Coursera.
  4. Gain practical experience.  I built this website to improve my SEO and  E-commerce Skills.

Vocational Online is a free resource site for assessors and apprentices.   Improve the career prospects of your colleagues by sending them this link – https://www.vocationalonline.com/about/ .