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.”
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:
- 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.
- Expand your skills by taking courses offered by entiies like Edx, Future Learn and Coursera.
- 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/ .