How to make in-house assessing work

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

By DAVID MORTIMER, independent consultant & training provider. Tel: 07710 438060 / 01376 348704

Probably the most important question to ask when undertaking in house assessment of NVQs is ‘why do it?’

The first argument is that assessors are in short supply – as someone who has about 80 assessors on the books and a waiting list of people who want to do the job I suggest they are not. Find a training company that has assessors if this is the problem.

The next argument is often that it saves money. Does it? How much cheaper does it make the NVQs or how much does the training provider pay back per unit completed? Compare this to the cost of paying for staff time to do the assessing. If Train to Gain is providing NVQs then these are free at level 2 anyway and may be free at level 3. Also, factor in that most workplace assessors, until really experienced, are just not as efficient as someone who does it for a living.

Of course the care employer then has more control over the process don’t they? Er, actually no and they are still dependent on the internal and external verif

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