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Is anyone an NVQ assessor?

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Flatsfromnowon Wed 29-Jul-15 20:14:30


Inspired by the life audit thread I am considering retraining to be a NVQ assessor.

Can anyone tell me about their experience and would you recommend?

Are there any particular qualifications that are more preferable e.g. Taqa, PTLLs

What do you earn? Is it suitable for mother of young children? Does it fit in with the school run and holidays? Do you get satisfaction and would you recommend?

Flatsfromnowon Wed 29-Jul-15 20:15:17

Sorry - wrong place. How can I move this to chat?

Monroe Wed 29-Jul-15 20:16:38

I'm an assessor, what sector are you looking to assess in?

Tantrictantrum Wed 29-Jul-15 21:14:56


The answers to your questions could be yes or no to all depending on who you work for, how organised you are and how many people you look after.
Are you in England?

Tantrictantrum Wed 29-Jul-15 21:16:31

Earning from 16k-30k. Most likely about 18-22k less if unqualified

MagpieCursedTea Wed 29-Jul-15 21:23:12

I'm interested in this too! I already work in further education (quite a niche area) but I'm looking at courses I can do to progress my career. Hope you don't mind me place marking OP!

Kettricken Wed 29-Jul-15 21:29:39

Watching with interest too. The company I work for has just sold the part of the business I work for so could be time for a change of direction.

Monroe Wed 29-Jul-15 21:54:18

I currently work for an FE college. I did my A1 10 years ago, I know the qualification has changed now but not sure what it's called, sorry.

I do enjoy it, I have my own case load, make my own appointments and work independently for the most part.

However the college is currently making staff redundant. Some areas have much more learners than others which is why I asked which sector you were hoping to assess.

I used to work for a much smaller training provider. They would often take staff on and train them if they felt they had the right skills and experience.

Tantrictantrum Wed 29-Jul-15 22:18:00

Qualifications wise, you will need taqa and pttls in England plus you will need good level of basic English and maths as well as ICT.

cariadlet Wed 29-Jul-15 22:27:05

DP is an NVQ assessor and an Internal Verifier. I think the pay, qualifications etc probably vary a lot depending on who you work for, and maybe what area you are looking to assess in.

DP has loads of relevant work experience in his sector and tons of vocational qualifications, but not much in terms of academic qualifications eg O levels (showing my age).
On the plus side he has a lot of independence eg arranging to visit students on days/times that suit him.
On the negative side there isn't a huge amount of job security - so much is dependent on the number of students the college has for various courses and that can vary from year to year. He only works 2 days a week and has another job that he does for 3 days a week.

Flatsfromnowon Wed 29-Jul-15 23:43:44

Wow, thanks what a good response considering it's not an AIBU and the more the merrier I say!

So business admin, management and leadership.

I have A levels and haven been in public sector for 20 years in various roles but specialising in learning and development (CIPD at level 5 is the highest qualification I have so not super specialised but knowledgable!!)

I am based in London and have been googling courses; a lot can be done by distance learning - any opinions on whether these are the real deal?!

Also is this a competitive area? When job searching I have seen lots of vacancies (usually advertised by agencies) so am wondering if they are hard to fill or whether there is a high turn over?

Thanks everyone smile

Monroe Thu 30-Jul-15 08:19:28

We are currently using a lot of agency staff. We have very high case loads at the moment and are constantly enrolling new starts (I assess health and social care). I think it's easier and quicker for the college to start an agency staff than it is to advise, interview and recruit permanent staff. Also lots of agencies advertise jobs to get you on the books. The job might not actually be available any more but they let you know when others come in.

I know some companies do distance learning. Diplomas are competency based qualifications though so you do have to meet and observe at times plus some learners need a lot more hand holding and guidance than others.

It is flexible. I've been able to go to sports days and pick up from school if kids are ill etc. I quite often work late on Thursday so I can pick up from school on Friday.

In my area you need to be occupationally competent and have management experience to assess. I've no idea how jobs stand in London, sorry, but apprenticeships appear to be a growing area so obviously assessors will be required to deliver them. Could you possibly do customer service as well with your background? Employers especially like you if you can deliver more than one award

Monroe Thu 30-Jul-15 08:20:54

Sorry, just realised you meant distance learning for yourself. ignore my previous post about it smile

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