An insider’s guide to Assessor and Verifier Qualifications

first_imgD342 Maintain and monitor arrangements        No easy match in thenew standardsfor processing assessment informationD343 Verify assessment practice                      V1.3 Monitor the qualityof assessors’ performance No easy link to D34                                         V1.4Meet external quality assurance requirements An insider’s guide to Assessor and Verifier QualificationsOn 3 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. center_img MaureenScholefield reviews the new Assessor and Verifier Qualifications for NVQs andasks are they are a threat or an opportunity?The quality assurance aspect of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)has always been a matter for debate. So the current changes being implementedto NVQs are welcome news and long overdue for those who believe that they are avaluable part of the qualifications structure. The Qualifications Curriculum Authority (QCA) has published The NVQ Code ofPractice1, to replace the previous Common Accord. While the code makes forheavy reading, it gives those involved in NVQ implementation an approved centrecriteria. These are designed to be used by awarding bodies such as City &Guilds, OCR and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. A tariff of sanctions has been drawn up in consultation with the awardingbodies to ensure: – Transparency, equity and consistency of treatment between awarding bodiesand their approved centres in response to identified shortcomings – Public confidence in the quality assurance and control arrangements thatunderpin the implementation and assessment of NVQs The qualifications for assessors, internal verifiers and external verifiers,fall under the standard-setting body for learning and development, theEmployment National Training Organisation. The revised standards were finallyagreed in December 2001. Awarding bodies then worked to agree the evidencerequirements and have prepared their responses to these new standards. Those responsible for the operation of NVQ centres will face someinteresting challenges in the years ahead. They will need to carefully evaluatetheir systems and procedures to see how they measure up to the approved centrecriteria and how they monitor the working practices of their assessors andinternal verifiers. Competence Over the years, a number of qualifications have been offered to ensure thatthose assessing competence were in fact competent assessors. These were acascade model, the Workplace Trainer and Assessor award; an assessed model, theCity & Guilds 929 series; the D units, and now the A and V units. For the assessor units A1 and A22, it will be important to decide who willtake the lead in assessment, especially as there is another unit, L20 – Supportcompetence in the workplace, which could be a suitable unit for a team leader orsupervisor of the NVQ candidate. – Unit A1: Assess candidates using a range of methods. This is themost complex assessment unit as it requires the assessor to use at least fourmethods including observation, questioning, accreditation of prior experienceand achievement and simulations. The use of observation is a mandatory requirement. Evidence of knowledgewill be required for the four assessment methods not used. The NVQ Code of Conduct stresses the need for independent assessment. Thismeans some standard-setting bodies will include formal testing and evidencefrom others in their assessment strategy for their qualifications. D33 has three elements and A1 has four. The last element, A1.4 – Contributeto the internal quality assurance process, is all about how the assessor hasprocessed candidate assessment records and contributed to standardisationmeetings. A written statement from an internal verifier is also needed toconfirm how the assessor has contributed to agreed quality assurance procedures.– Unit A2 is closely linked to D32. The changes are about the need tohave written outcomes from progress reviews combined with updated assessmentplans. Assessment plans must also show how issues of safety, minimum disruptionto work activities and unobtrusive assessment have been planned. The theme of continuous improvement is stressed, as the last elementrequires the assessor’s internal verifier to state how the candidate hascontributed to quality assurance procedures. – L20 Support competence achieved in the workplace This is anotherunit worth looking into. It covers: – Assessing performance in the workplace against agreed standards – Giving staff members support in the workplace and feedback on theirperformance It could really help managers to see the value of NVQs because if standardsof performance are aligned to the NVQ standards, a powerful performancemanagement tool is available to them. The evidence requirements of this unitare currently being devised by the awarding bodies offering it. – V1 Conduct internal quality assurance of the assessment process Ithas some major changes when compared with D34. The chart below gives anoverview: This unit will give NVQ centres that have been operating a high-profilequality assurance system a very real sense of satisfaction. It places emphasison internal verification being a continuous process, rather than an endprocess. The unit describes some of the activities that internal verifiers are likelyto undertake including: – Monitoring the performance of assessors – Supporting assessors to develop their skills – Monitoring and supporting the people and organisations who provideadministrative support to the assessment process – Monitoring and reporting on the achievement rates of candidates – Monitoring the progress and satisfaction of candidates – Meeting the assessment requirements of awarding bodies and other externalagencies These activities show that the scope of this unit is much broader. Itdescribes a role that is not fulfilled by many internal verifiers. Is this afault in the unit specification, or is it a fitting challenge for aspiring andexisting internal verifiers? It may well be that the development of internal verifiers will be a muchlonger process in the future, which in itself is not such a bad thing. It willgive verifier candidates time to consolidate and build on existing skills. TheEMPNTO Learning and Development Assessment Strategy2 has given internalverifiers the criteria which includes that “all internal verifiers willhave sufficient experience of having conducted assessments of the specificnational occupational standards they are verifying or in an appropriate andrelated occupational area”. Sufficient occupational competence is defined as: – Having been an assessor for the standards being assessed, or for a set ofstandards in a related occupational area, for a minimum of one year within thelast two years – Having demonstrated updating within the last year involving at least twoactivities, including: – Attending awarding body verification training courses – Studying for learning and development units – Study related to job role – Collaborative working with awarding bodies – Qualifications development work All internal verifiers will have direct responsibility and quality controlof assessments of the occupational standards, or the quality assurance of theassessment process within an assessment centre which has been approved by anawarding body. Other requirements include that all internal verifiers will either hold therelevant qualification for internal verifiers of national occupationalstandards, or have a development plan indicating progress towards thatqualification. Internal verifiers of assessor candidates are required to have achievedtheir Internal Verification unit before they can start to internally verifyassessor candidates. Similarly, internal verifiers of internal and externalverifier candidates must have achieved their own Assessor and Verifier Unitsbefore they can start to internally verify the verifier candidates. The development of internal verifiers needs to be more considered. Asuitable development programme would be to focus on V1.2 first, then move on toV1.3. Once these elements are consolidated V1.1 should be tackled, and finally,V1.4. ImplicationsThe implications for those managing NVQ centres will be the need to evaluatecurrent practices against the NVQ Code of Practice, and the requirements ofEMPNTO’s Assessment Strategy and the A and V units. It is an excellent time tore-evaluate procedures, systems and processes. The regulatory aspect of the NVQ Code of Practice will place pressure on NVQCentres and awarding bodies. Those NVQ centres benefiting from governmentfunding also need to take account of the Adult Learning Inspectorate3 (ALI) Thetransparency of their operations is excellent, and at last, an employer wishingto work with a funded organisation can immediately see the status of thepotential partner by visiting the website. Those who are passionate about the value of vocational qualifications willrise to the challenge. Those who do not provide a quality service to theircandidates will see the changes as another imposition. Overall, the marketplacefor vocational qualifications will be the better for these changes as long asfunding agencies such as the Learning and Skills Councils start to take note ofNVQ centres failing to meet awarding body requirements and those who haveproblematic inspections from the ALI. Comparison between the D units and the A and V unitsD32 Assess candidate                                     A2Assess candidates’    performance                                                     performancethrough observation D33 Assess candidate                                     A1 Assesscandidates     using differing sources                                       using arange of methods of evidence      D34 Internally verify the                                    V1 Conduct internalquality     assessment process                                           assuranceof the assessment process D35 Externally verify the                                   V2 Conduct externalquality     assessment process                                           assuranceof the assessment processMaureen Scholefield is managingdirector of Cullen Scholefield – a personnel, management and trainingConsultancy. Maureen has been a National Verifier for Training and Developmentwith City & Guilds. She works with organisations to devise strategic plansand tactical responses to the management of NVQ systems Contacts1 NVQ Code of Practice published byQCA. Order Ref QCA/02/875 Free from QCA Publications Telephone: 01787 844 4442  Learning andDevelopment standards published by EMPNTO. Available on CD-Rom: visitwww.empnto.co.uk3 Adult Learning Inspectorate www.ali.gov.uk Comparison between D34 and V1No easy link to D34                                         V1.1Carry out and link to D34 evaluate internal assessment and quality assurance systemsD341 Advise support assessors                        V1.2 Support assessors    Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

High Court gives OnTheMarket.com flotation green light

first_imgThe final hurdles that OnTheMarket.com faced in order to float on the London Stock Exchange have been cleared after the High Court of Justice Chancery Division (pictures, right) sanctioned the two key votes on demutualisation completed last week.The court approved the Members Scheme – which enables  agents to turn their membership of Agents’ Mutual into shares, and the Loan Notes Scheme, which will see the Notes originally issued to the agents who helped fund the OTM start-up turned into equity.The court decision follows last Friday’s member vote, during which they voted overwhelmingly to convert their existing membership interests into shares, ushering in both a new company to replace Agents’ Mutual – OnTheMarket Ltd – plus the dropping of the ‘one other portal’ rule.“The High Court of Justice Chancery Division this morning sanctioned the Members Scheme and the three Loan Note Schemes which were overwhelmingly endorsed by our Members and Loan Noteholders at the Court Meetings on 6 September,” says Ian Springett, Chief Executive of OnTheMarket.We will now continue to the next stage of the process.OnTheMarket flotationThe court decision clears the way for demutualisation, a process that will begin tomorrow before an Initial Public Offering (IPO) is prepared to float the new company on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM).North London agent Trevor Abrahamsohn, who is a non-exec director of Agents’ Mutual, says he is glad the process of demutualisation is finally over after the delays caused by the Connells court case.“Finally we will have the structure and money to really challenge the duopoly of Rightmove and Zoopla,” he said. Ian Springett OnTheMarket Trevor Abrahamsohn September 11, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » High Court gives OnTheMarket.com flotation green light previous nextHigh Court gives OnTheMarket.com flotation green lightVotes taken last week by members to agree demutualisation of Agents’ Mutual ahead of AIM listing are approved by judges.Nigel Lewis11th September 20170948 Viewslast_img read more

Vermont Law School report blasts use of corn-based ethanol

first_imgVermont Law School,Long heralded as a green alternative to fossil fuel, corn-based ethanol has become a costly distraction that chiefly benefits corporate, political and lobbying interests rather than the American public, the environment, small farmers and rural communities, according to a new report by Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) and Food & Water Watch, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit. Titled ‘Crystal Eth: America’s Crippling Addiction to Taxpayer-financed Ethanol,’ the report concludes that corn-based ethanol is unlikely to significantly reduce America’s dependence on imported oil, has a negligible ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, contributes to environmental degradation in coastal waters and has been an economic boon for agribusiness giants managed in absentia rather than small and medium-size, locally owned farms, farm cooperatives and ethanol refineries. The report is available on the IEE website at: http://www.vermontlaw.edu/energy/publications/(link is external)The report examines the political contributions and lobbying efforts of some of the largest corporate ethanol refiners to garner ever-larger subsidies, and how the growth of corporate consolidation in the corn-based ethanol sector has been an unintended result of America’s renewable transportation fuel politics, policies and subsidies. The report estimates that ethanol refiners have received at least $22.8 billion in total government financial support between 1999 and 2008.The report recommends that:Corn-based ethanol subsidies should be phased out completely over the next few years in favor of subsidies to biofuel alternatives that are more efficient, economically feasible and environmentally friendly, such as cellulosic and algae biofuel refiners.The renewable fuel standard should be amended to lower the amount of corn-based ethanol qualifying for government quotas.Renewable fuel standards should be increased for second- and third-generation biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol and algae-based biodiesel, which should only receive support if they meet sustainability criteria to qualify for subsidies. These could include a net energy gain for cellulosic or other biodiesel fuels, reduced water utilization, limiting the indirect land use impact on food production and eschewing emerging higher-risk technologies such as nanotechnology and synthetic biology.Farmers who produce and consume their own biofuels on the farm should be rewarded by an energy tax credit for each gallon of ethanol, biodiesel or vegetable oil that they use instead of fossil fuels. Congress has mandated that biofuel use must reach 36 billion gallons annually by 2022. Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu(link is external).last_img read more