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Asset Skills seeks to build pool of talent

Published 10th May, 2010 by Neil Nixon

Asset Skills seeks to build pool of talent

Asset Skills has called for facilities management and cleaning professionals to become industry assessors for a range of new vocational qualifications. It follows moves by the organisation to establish a pilot Virtual Skills Academy for Business Services, to help deliver a range of new vocational qualifications and apprenticeships, developed in consultation with industry.

“Work based assessment qualifications are new to facilities management and the demand from employers and candidates is strong,” said Karen Waterlow, FM and cleaning specialist at Asset Skills. “We are looking to recruit a pool of assessors to help providers deliver these new awards over several years.”

Extensive, hands on and up-to-date job experience and industry knowledge are crucial components. Assessors use their knowledge to deliver programmes that support candidates to meet the industry standard and gather appropriate evidence to gain the qualification.

“Ensuring assessors come forward with good industry knowledge will help maintain the quality and reputation of the qualifications,” said Waterlow.

This is a good opportunity for someone looking to use their professional expertise to support learning and development in the FM sector. Assessors can combine the role with their existing job after taking a qualification such as the Level 3 award in ‘Assessing candidates using a range of methods’ - known as the A1. The Asset Skills assessor pool will be made available to further education organisations as they move into this new market.

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