The NVQ Fear factor!
During the hundreds of NVQ inquiries I have responded to over the past year or two, I have noticed a common theme of fear and trepidation from many prospective candidates. Most fears I have been able to put to bed. I have accomplished this by explaining what an NVQ assessor does and how they do it. I also explain that an assessed NVQ is a process where by a candidate is awarded the qualification for the job they are doing and it need not be a fearful process. This is due to our Assessor’s Code or Practice and the guidance and support services and products we are able to provide.
Our Assessor’s Code of Practice.
It is the role and responsibility of an NVQ Assessor to give their candidates the necessary support and guidance to enable them to evidence their knowledge and experience to meet the qualification standards in a way that best suits the candidate. What we are talking about here is active equality and diversity as standard service.
As such, it is the role and responsibility of the NVQ Assessor to ensure that their candidates are not disadvantaged in any way and with regards to the assessment and the assessment environment and process, they are not put at risk-Risk being harm in any form and of not completing.
However, as with the HASAWA placing responsibilities on the employee and employer, I also believe that the role and responsibility to completing a qualification should also be made known to the learner, otherwise the learner/candidate could come under the assumption that completing the qualification it is the sole responsibility of the assessor and the learning provider / institution. This is a very unhealthy view and one which does not benefit the learner or the course provider.
A correct working relationship is established by the Assessor who develops and maintains a professional Learner / Assessor relationship, where each party recognises and accept their responsibilities within the NVQ process. For instance, it is impossible for an assessor to assess if the candidate is absent or has not prepared for their assessment.
It is also essential for the Assessor to get to know their candidates if the process is to have a successful outcome, as without doing so, putting into practice an equality and diversity service would be impossible.
Our Assessors Code of Practice is the benchmark of our NVQ Assessment Service. This is what we do!