How your training is assessed depends on the particular type of course you are doing.
On the job
On-the-job training is when you learn skills and knowledge while at work. This can be fairly informal or a more formal process where a 'mentor' is assigned to support you through an induction period.
By registering with a provider and compiling a portfolio of evidence, you can work towards nationally recognised qualifications such as QCF qualifications. Learners may be required to:
- be observed by an assessor carrying out their everyday work activities in their workplace
- take part in a pre-planned discussion with an assessor to demonstrate knowledge and understanding
- provide evidence of work products, such as day charts, records, plans, letters or emails prepared and sent, reports or contributions towards policies or procedures
- keep a relective diary
- observe a young person in order to plan for and assess a child in a way that supports their needs
An expert witness is someone whose own experience in a particular role means they can confirm if a learner is competent in specific aspects of their work. Their contribution will usually become part of a learner's portfolio of evidence.
An assessor can be a qualified member of the school staff or someone from outside your school (e.g. a local college, private provider or Local Education Authority).
The responsibilities of assessors are to:
- ensure that each learner is fully briefed on their assessment process
- agree a learner support plan with each learner
- assess the extent to which each learner's portfolio of evidence demonstrates the requirements of the relevant qualification standards
- provide learners with individual prompt, accurate and constructive feedback
- maintain accurate and up-to-date records detailing learner progress and agreed actions
- meet with the internal verifier and other assessors to monitor agree and maintain standards.
Assessors should not compare one learner's performance with another's but rather be the guardians of the standards.
Recognition of prior learning
Recognition of prior learning is a method of recognising experience you have gained, particularly through your work. Prior learning will normally need to be evidenced in some form, with the focus on outcomes, as is common in QCF qualifications.
When you're on an assignment-based assessment course your assessor usually looks at evidence from real life work situations. But when it's difficult to produce evidence from a real life work situation, your assessor may ask you to work through a simulated scenario instead.
These are usually time-constrained, unseen papers that lead to a nationally recognised qualification. Major exams include GCSEs, AS and A Levels and some degree courses.