Intrinsic Training delivers this level 4 apprenticeship standard for the role of Assessor Coach through our approval with Highfield qualifications. 

The Assessor Coach (ACs):

Using the apprentice’s up-to-date professional knowledge and skills to support workplace and professional development in any employer setting, and at any level. The Assessor – Coach  (ACs) role has developed as a requirement for trainers or experienced members of staff to train colleagues enabling them to achieve a recognised qualification.

The apprentice may, for example, assess – coach apprentices, trainees or new recruits (ranging from young entrants, to new managers) in the workplace, commensurate with their own level (i.e. the apprentice’s) of experience and qualifications, as required by their employer or their sector.  ACs coach and assess vocational learners, usually on a one-to-one basis. 

Coaching Skills:

Coaching skills involve complex communication techniques to actively listen, provide feedback and to engage learners in planning their individualised learning programme. These skills are also integral to assessing learners’ competence in-relation to work-related/industry standards and life skills.

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On-programme Support and Development:Assessor Coach and Apprentice working together.

  • A Recommended On-Programme Assessment Cycle will be discussed on starting this apprenticeship.
  • During the 15 months on-programme, apprentices need to develop confidence and competence in all
    aspects of the assessor coach apprenticeship standard. 
  • This is achieved through ongoing formative assessment and quarterly cycles of review, to prepare the
    apprentice for the key outcomes necessary for successful EPA.
  • It is advisable and helpful that an apprentice develops and maintains a personal portfolio,
    (a log or record of activity) that informs the Showcase.
  • The Showcase will be developed for the EPA by the apprentice, on programme, to demonstrate their
    exemplar practice in achieving the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours of the Standard through the
    6 Themes/Synoptic areas identified on pages 9-10.
  • The Professional Discussion (PD) methodology as pert of the EPA, is informed by this Showcase,
    submitted to the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the Independent Assessor (IA)
    to undertake a desk-based evaluation prior to the EPA.

Mandatory Qualification for Assessor Coach:

  • Safeguarding: Apprentices must achieve a minimum of Level 1 ( up to level 3 is available) Safeguarding, before End Point Assessment (EPA) – with agreement of their employer.
  • Must achieve Level 2 Maths, English and ICT skills before taking the end-point assessment.
  • Apprentices may have achieved maths, English and ICT skills at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE Grade C, or above) prior to commencing their apprenticeship. however full GCSE certificates must be presented on starting the apprenticeship to ascertain the certificate is acceptable. Should the certificate be rejected then functional skills will need to be achieved. 
  • Many candidates will already possess a Level 3 qualification in Assessing. Depending on the specific education and training context, employers (and/or Awarding Organisations) may require candidates without an Assessor qualification, to achieve this prior to completion of their apprenticeship.
  • A qualification, at an appropriate level, and relevant up-to-date experience in the candidate’s vocational/subject specialism.

Coaching Compared to Mentoring:

Employers may also wish candidates to achieve appropriate additional qualifications in Education and Training, including coaching. Within the sector, ‘coaching’ is seen as a more complex set of interpersonal skills, compared with ‘mentoring’.  It is more learner-centred, exploring the learner’s understanding and needs rather than simply giving advice. (See the Level 3 Learning Mentor Standard for further clarification about these two different roles.)

Progression Opportunities:

The Assessor – Coach may be eligible to progress onto a full teaching role within an education and training provider organisation. Refer to the Education and Training Foundation website link below.

For Further Details:

For further details about this apprenticeship contact Philip Wadsworth at Intrinsic Training b please complete our contact form leaving specific details of your enquiry. Philip Wadsworth will contact you within two working days of receiving your enquiry.

Useful Websites:

For the full apprenticeship standard for the Assessor Coach 

Institute of  Apprenticeships

Further information about a teaching role:

Education and Training Foundation