Assessor Coach achievement for Helen Braid.

Case Studies

Helen is a qualified assessor at level 3, she enrolled on the Assessor – Coach standard as part of her CPD activity in March 2019, just after 3 months of the apprenticeship standard was introduced.  The assessor/coach has to use his/her skills to fully engage learners in planning, assessing and coaching to develop individualised learning programmes in relation to work related industry skills.

Helen demonstrated her skills across the standard, including the emphasis on safe use of technology to support remote learning and coaching due to Covid-19 restrictions. Helen clearly model respect and deep understanding of equality and diversity whilst supporting the employers effectively through these difficult and challenging times. Helen demonstrated the importance of target setting, active listening and effective question techniques to maintain retention and enhance learner engagement and achievement.

Helen was our second apprentice to be submitted to gateway and endpoint assessment. Although Helen was nervous, she remained focused and in control and after two hours of observed practice and presentation of her showcase discussion, her professionalism shone and obtained a distinction for both elements of the endpoint assessment and was awarded overall grade of Distinction.

The role of the assessor has change since the introduction of apprenticeship standards.  The assessor/coach is now a duel professional, using their up-to-date professional knowledge and skills, to support vocational and professional development across the education and training sector. This includes coaching and assessing apprentices, trainees and new recruits within any employer setting, at any level according to their own level of experience and qualifications.  Coaching skills are at the heart of apprenticeship standards. All apprentices require effective coaching for prepare for end point assessment, so this is an additional skill, as well as assessing learner’s competence in relation to industry standards, and any mandatory qualifications sitting inside the apprenticeship.

Helen has been a member of staff at Achievement Training since 2018, working in the Children’s services department. Helen is committed to supporting her students as demonstrated by her achievement of the Assessor Coach qualification.