We’re interested in hearing from qualified electricians, either with or without assessing experience, who’d like to play an important role in helping our apprentices achieve their qualifications. For those looking to come ‘off the tools’ to take on a new challenge, full training will be provided.
As part of the group, our training division provides the development our 200-plus electrical apprentices need to gain formal qualifications. These apprentices are helping us wire over 24,000 new homes a year nationwide and building long-term careers with us in the process. We’re very proud of the role apprentice training plays in the success of our business and we’re looking for someone who will share this pride in offering a high-quality learner experience and in really making a difference to the newcomers to our industry.
Working as part of a training team of 20, including five other assessors, you’ll be allocated a ‘case load’ of apprentices who are employed by us. They’re all working towards their Level 3 Diploma Apprenticeship in Electrical Installation and while our lecturers deliver classroom-based learning, your role as an assessor will be to guide apprentices through the practical performance elements, including preparation for the AM2S test. This key part of an electrical apprenticeship demonstrates a person’s competence and you will assess this by visiting them on site and reviewing the written evidence they submit to their e-portfolio.
Our apprentices are based at housing development sites across much of England and south Wales. Ideally you will be allocated learners who work on sites served by our Birmingham, Kettering, Milton Keynes and Oxford branches and will therefore be living in this part of the country, but we have some flexibility to re-allocate existing caseloads between our assessors if you are based in another area that we cover. The role will be home-based but willingness to drive long distances several times a week and to spend occasional days working alongside your colleagues at our Gloucester head office is essential.
If you are not already a qualified assessor, we’ll support your training as you complete the Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment. It is expected that you’ll be able to achieve this within six months by gathering appropriate evidence to complete a portfolio of your own.
You’ll be issued with a VW Caddy, laptop, iPad and company mobile phone as part of the role. Salary will depend on experience, with the top end of the salary range applicable to someone with significant existing experience in an assessing role.
Working hours will be 39 hours a week, based on 8 hours a day Monday to Thursday and 7 hours on Fridays, with an hour for lunch each day. Holiday entitlement starts at 22 days, increasing to 26 days with length of service (plus bank holidays).
Successful applicants will need to undergo a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau) as a condition of the job offer.
Responsibilities • Visiting apprentices on site to observe them carrying out the full range of tasks required to demonstrate competence, organising your own visits and communicating with apprentices and their team leaders to finalise arrangements.
• Providing induction guidance and ongoing support to learners to ensure they understand how to use our e-portfolio system and have clear instructions about the work they need to submit.
• Reviewing documented evidence submitted by apprentices against awarding body requirements, determining whether to accept it as complete or responding with feedback about changes required.
• Planning your own workload, prioritising assessments according to expected apprenticeship completion dates.
• Maintaining regular contact with all of your allocated learners and recording interactions with apprentices in our e-portfolio system
• Providing one-to-one practical training as required, particularly to assist learners with preparation for the AM2 practical test.
• Participating in standardisation meetings with colleagues to help maintain consistent standards of assessment.
Applicants must be fully qualified electricians (JIB Gold Card standard) with at least five years’ post-qualification experience of electrical work. If you’ve held training responsibilities as part of a previous role this would be helpful but this is not an essential requirement as on-the-job tuition will be provided.
Required Skills and Attributes
• Good IT skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Word, Outlook and preferably Excel. Daily use of our e-portfolio system will be required so you’ll need to be confident about using new types of software.
• Strong administration skills are an absolute must as you’ll be managing your own workload and record keeping is an essential part of it.
• A tenacious approach, focused on meeting deadlines and chasing responses if needed.
• Strong communication skills and a positive, approachable and professional demeanour, fostering good working relationships with colleagues and learners
• Flexibility to respond to changing priorities