NVQ assessors help and assess people who are completing NVQs in the workplace. They usually travel around an area, visiting people in different workplaces.
Also known as
- Work-based Learning Assessor
- SVQ Assessor
- Apprenticeship Assessor
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As a NVQ Assessor, you will visit learners in the workplace, to guide them through the qualification and make sure that the NVQ is being completed satisfactorily.
Assessors introduce learners to the specific NVQ they will be following. If there is a group of learners at one location, you will do a presentation to the group. You'll then make sure that each learner will be working on the NVQ that is most suitable for their experience and ability.
You will spend time with each learner, finding out about any relevant achievements they already have. Often, these achievements can count towards the qualification; you need to decide whether or not this is the case.
To achieve a NVQ, each learner needs to present evidence of what they do as part of their everyday job. This demonstrates the learner's ability to do their job. You will work with learners to agree the most relevant activities that will count as evidence for them.
One of your main tasks will be to observe learners completing work-specific tasks. Also, the learner's Supervisor or Manager will often observe tasks and verify that they have been achieved successfully when you next visit. You'll record and review progress over a period of time, usually visiting each learner once a month.
Together, you and learners will decide the length of time the learner will take to complete the NVQ. Assessors offer advice and support, when needed, and give constructive feedback. You'll provide training to learners, where required, to meet gaps in skills and knowledge.
You are usually responsible for planning your work and managing your diary. You travel between locations and keep detailed records of each learner you are working with.
You work in a team with other NVQ Assessors, and also with Verifiers, who are responsible for quality control of the work of a team of NVQ Assessors.
Some have responsibility for helping with development of the NVQs they work with, and making sure they are up to date.
Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.
Personal Qualities and Skills
To become a NVQ assessor, you'll need:
- communication skills, both written and verbal
- interpersonal and presentation skills
- the ability to support, monitor and motivate learners
- ICT skills
- experience of the relevant work area
- an understanding of NVQ systems and equal opportunities
- administration skills
You are likely to need a driving licence, as the job involves travelling around from place to place.
Pay and Opportunities
The pay rates given below are approximate.
- Starting: £23,500 - £24,000
- With experience: £26,500 - £30,000
- Senior NVQ Assessors earn £33,500 - £36,500
Hours of work
NVQ Assessors usually work office hours, Monday to Friday, but might sometimes need to start early or finish late, depending on preparation time, or travel to clients' premises. There are opportunities for job-sharing, part-time work and temporary work.
Where could I work?
Opportunities exist throughout the UK. Employers are colleges, training organisations and firms in the private sector.
There are opportunities to work on a self-employed, freelance basis. Some can work from home, as Distance Learning Assessors.
Where are the vacancies advertised?
Vacancies are advertised in local newspapers, at Jobcentre Plus, on the Find a Job website, and on job boards.
Entry Routes and Training
Entry routes and training
Employers usually look for people who have experience of, or are currently working in, the relevant sector. You'll often need supervisory or management experience in the relevant field. Experience of giving training is an advantage.
Although vacancies often ask for qualified NVQ Assessors, some employers will take on trainees who will complete the relevant assessing qualification, under supervision, as they gain experience.
You can train through a City & Guilds level 4 qualification in assessment and quality assurance. This course has a range of units, which include:
- understanding the principles and practices of assessment
- assessing occupational competence in the work environment
- assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
- understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment
- internally assure the quality of assessment
- plan, allocate and monitor work in own area of responsibility
Other courses could be available in your area.
Previous experience working in a customer service environment would be really useful for this career.
Employers might ask for City & Guilds qualifications. They might also ask for GCSEs (A*-C or 9-4) in English and maths.
It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.
Entrants to NVQ assessing usually need a relevant occupational background and qualifications. This means that this is often a second career choice.
- 13% of those who work in occupations such as NVQ assessor are self-employed.
- 24% work part-time.
- 27% have flexible hours.
- 8% of employees work on a temporary basis.
City & Guilds
Address: 1 Giltspur Street, London EC1A 9DD
Tel: 020 7294 2468
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
Tel: 0345 2791000
Institute of Assessors and Internal Verifiers
Address: PO Box 1138, Warrington WA4 9GS
Tel: 01925 485786
The Vocational Assessor Handbook
Authors: Ros Ollin, Jenny Tucker Publisher: Kogan Page
People Exchange Cymru (PEC)
Public sector recruitment portal for Wales