Easing the strain of NVQ assessments

first_imgEasing the strain of NVQ assessmentsOn 1 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Social care workers are to benefit from a suite of online tools aimed atmodernising the assessment of NVQ training. In a national pilot scheme, Tribal Technology and FDLearning – both owned bythe Tribal Group – will work with training providers to reduce the time thatlearners have to spend on assessment outside the workplace. The aim is to makeit easier to engage employers of all sizes in NVQ training. The demand for social workers is increasing, but nearly 80 per cent of theUK’s one million-strong social care workforce have no qualifications, accordingto a report by the national Training Organisation for the Personal SocialServices (Topss). With shift patterns and many personnel working independently, it isdifficult for training providers to offer work-based learning and assessment inthe sector. The initiative, spearheaded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), comesin response to the workforce development plan ‘Modernising the Social CareWorkforce’. A key element of the pilot scheme is to automate the production of learnerportfolios and the procedures used for evidence collection and assessment. “We’re still trialling the technology at the moment,” said PhilSanders, business development manager of Tribal Technology. “One approachsees assessors take laptops out into the field to gather data offline andanother links the system to the internet with data being captured online. A mixof both approaches seems the most flexible. “Based on feedback, we’ve also tried to emulate paper-based processesso the system seems familiar and is intuitive,” said Sanders. “NVQ assessment involves a lot of data management,” said Sanders.”One of the things we’ve tried to do is relate a piece of evidence to moreareas of the NVQ assessment programme. You still need an assessor’s experienceand knowledge to determine what evidence is valid, but we’ve tried to build inprompts that help them relate it.” A spokesperson for the LSC said that the initiative should lead to increasednumbers of learners gaining NVQ levels 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care. FD Learning has over 20 years’ experience of management information systems.www.tribaltechnology.comlast_img read more

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