A campaign to recruit more NVQ assessors has been launched by training provider JTL, following concerns of a skills shortage in this area and the negative impact it could have on apprenticeship quality.
A rise in the number of apprenticeships has in turn led to an increased need for independent assessors – individuals who can visit an apprentice's place of work to review their on-site work, provide guidance on their NVQ portfolio and support their development.
However, with a shortage across England and Wales of those currently carrying out this role, the quality of each apprenticeship could be at risk because apprentices are not given the amount of pastoral and technical support they need to progress. JTL is keen to ensure that increasing learner numbers do not have a negative impact.
Because of the specialised nature of the role, plumbers who have already worked in the industry for a number of years are ideally suited to an assessment role, as they are fully versed with current working practices and the industry techniques that an apprentice needs to learn.
Those who are able to spend one or two days a week visiting apprentices at work to help progress their NVQ development are being encouraged to apply.
"Becoming an assessor gives you the chance to give something back and, if you're retired or wanting to take a back seat in your business, allows you to keep in touch with the industry," said Julie Asher-Smith, human resources director of JTL. "It's your opportunity to interact with the industry's future workforce and allows you to share the experience and skills you've gained over the years.
"The skills gap relating to apprentices and plumbers has been well documented, but having the right people to assess their training is an important part of the jigsaw. With this campaign we're taking vital steps to ensure there are sufficient numbers of assessors to develop the next generation of craft professionals."
Those interested in becoming an assessor can contact JTL to find out more. Individuals need to be technically qualified with an apprenticeship, Advanced Craft Certificate or NVQ Level 3 as a minimum, but full support and training related to the role, along with attractive day rates, are provided.
For more information visit www.jtlassociatesjobs.com.
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