NVQs: the in-house option

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

Over the years even the great and the good have come to realise that hitting the 50 per cent (or 100 per cent in some areas) target for NVQs is just not feasible. One reason among many is the shortage of assessors. Let me rephrase that; the shortage of good assessors willing to do the job for any length of time. So, there has been a huge emphasis on training assessors in-house – training staff who work within the care setting to become assessors. Does this work? It can do if approached properly, and how does one do that? The first thing is for the employer to understand the NVQ infrastructure properly; even now many don’t. If an employer wants in-house assessment to work, they need to find a good, supportive, approved assessment centre to work with. A centre must be accredited to an awarding body such as City and Guilds although there are many others. This is analogous to a care home registering with the CSCI. In order for this to happen the centre must demonstrate sufficient staff resources and skills, r

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