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The Role of the Trainer Assessor for Apprenticeships
March 28, 2019
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If you currently deliver apprenticeship training as a trainer/assessor, your role is likely to be going through considerable change – writes Chris Cherry, Senior Associate, Strategic Development Network (SDN)

In the new world of apprenticeship standards, trainer / assessors need to:

  • Design and conduct the training differently
  • Integrate new assessment methods
  • integrate the concept of grading within the training, and
  • Prepare apprentices to meet the gateway and undertake end-point assessment.

This change is a huge amount to process for trainer / assessors.

So, to help, we’ve set out 15 quick questions to ask yourself to test whether you’re ‘standards ready’

15 quick check questions before embarking on the new trainer / assessor role

I understand the detail of the standards relevant to my technical/professional area 
Check: Would you be able to describe the key elements of the standard to another person?

I can talk confidently about the differences between the roles of TRAINER and ASSESSOR within the new system 
Check: Can you explain the different roles of the training provider and their staff and the end-point assessment organisation and appointed assessors for the end-point assessment?

I fully understand the terms ON-PROGRAMME, GATEWAY and END-POINT ASSESSMENT 
Check: Can you describe these to another person

I understand the grading criteria as relevant to my standard(s) 
Check: Can you identify what an apprentice needs to do to achieve a pass versus a distinction and where to find this information?

My existing skills / qualifications are appropriate for delivery, at the level for the standard(s), including English and maths 
Check: Can you describe your training/mentoring skills or qualifications? Have you maintained your occupational competence by undertaking CPD activities and retaining industry links?

I can identify similarities and differences between an existing framework and a new standard
Check: Can you map the learning content from the existing framework to the new knowledge, skills and behaviours in the new standard, as a starting point for your delivery model?

I am confident in my ability to use initial assessment to inform the individual learning plan
Check:
 does your initial assessment tease out the right information to create a unique ILP?

I can design appropriate content to meet the knowledge, skills and behaviours which form the apprenticeship standard, including activities that will be conducted off-the-job 
Check: Can you present a high-level scheme of work / training plan to an employer or apprentice? Can you explain what activities contribute to off-the-job training and how this will be tracked?

I recognise and can respond appropriately to those elements of the standard which are qualifications-based and those that are not 
Check: Can you identify these clearly on your proposed scheme of work / training plan?

I am confident in my ability to provide the right level of academic input to meet the relevant standard(s)
Check:
 Can you identify any elements of the standard that require more academic input than a relevant existing framework? How will you respond to this?

I can identify which of our existing resources can be used to support this standard and develop new resources where required 
Check: Can you talk through your proposed resource repurposing / development plan through with a colleague?

I can confidently use technology which enhances the learner’s experience 
Check: Can you demonstrate your preferred technology solutions to colleagues to help them to see the value in using it?

I can integrate opportunities to strengthen competence and confidence in literacy and numeracy 
Check: Can you identify the potential to integrate maths and English requirements within the curriculum / scheme of work you have proposed?

I can adapt my style of delivery appropriately to meet the apprentice’s development needs
Check: Can you explain how you would differentiate your approach to your colleagues or an employer?

I can explain my role in preparing the learner for the experience of end-point assessment 
Check: Can you explain how your proposed curriculum will offer opportunities to practice and prepare the learner for end-point assessment, and the concept of grading?

If you have questions about any of these points, don’t worry, help is at hand! On Monday, 1st April (10.00-11.00am), supported by FE News and FE Careers, SDN are hosting a 1-hour free webinar, giving you a birds-eye-view of the new trainer-assessor role – register today!

Chris Cherry, Senior Associate, Strategic Development Network (SDN)


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