Being an assessor doesn’t just involve visiting learners in different settings, as Cheryl explains here…
“An admin day can be different, it will normally still start around the same time, but I don’t have the pre-rush in the morning. Admin days are also an ideal time to catch up with the learners that are perhaps not sending work in as expected and require some assistance but don’t want to admit it.
“It’s also a good time to carry out telephone discussions with learners that feel talking through their criteria is a little easier.
“Admin days are also an ideal time to book in exams that are due to be sat by the learners. Depending on the time of the month, I will also fill out management reports or expenses and log all those miles I have covered in the car.”
So, what are the best bits about being an assessor?
Cheryl says “The great thing about being an assessor is that no two days are ever the same. You just don’t know how the day is going to go when you wake up in the morning.”
She continues: “All in all, there are lots of positives to being an assessor; you can share the knowledge and experience you have gained over the years and guide all these new learners along the right path.
“You also observe learners grow as they progress through their course and are rewarded with the look on their faces when you give them the news that they have passed exams or reached the end of their course. “
Are there any downsides to being an assessor?
“There is lots of paper work involved in this job, but so long as you keep on top of it then it will not become an issue.” Cheryl says.
Would Cheryl recommend the job to others?
“Yes! The drive can be long, but the reward is as great for me as when you are working directly with the children themselves. You are helping these children by training future practitioners to be the best they can be.”