NVQ/SVQ assessor/verifiers assess trainees working
towards National/Scottish Vocational Qualifications. They
monitor candidates against a list of occupational
standards, by directly observing the person at work,
checking a portfolio of written evidence, or other
methods. They provide feedback to the trainees, and
offer advice if the standards are not met.
Assessors must keep accurate written records of their candidates' progress, according to the requirements of the NVQ/SVQ awarding bodies.
NVQ/SVQ assessors employed by training providers or colleges may have a large caseload of candidates to deal with. They may also have to canvass local employers to arrange work placements for trainees.
Many are employed as trainer-assessors, who plan and deliver work-related training as well as carry out assessments. Those who deal with 16 to 24 year olds under the Apprenticeship scheme may also provide training and assessment in the Key Skills of literacy, numeracy, communication and using information technology.
Internal and external verifiers carry out quality checks on the work of NVQ/SVQ assessors and training centres, to make sure the assessment process is carried out properly.
NVQ/SVQ assessors usually work between 37 and 40
hours a week, Monday to Friday. They may have to work
outside normal office hours to fit in with their candidates'
They are usually based in an office or training centre, but often travel around to assess candidates in their own workplace. Depending on the occupational area, assessments could take place indoors or outdoors.
To be an NVQ/SVQ assessor/verifier, you should:
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