A project has launched to recruit and train 100 experienced tradespeople to work as assessors for Scotland’s construction colleges.
The project is being driven by ESP and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), in partnership with 24 Scottish colleges, government agencies and private training providers.
The organisers are calling for qualified tradespeople, who may be seeking a career change, to work in partnership with their regional college. The successful candidates will applying their current experience to assess apprentices on site, as well as ensuring qualifications are delivered to a high standard through compliance with both internal and external awarding policies, procedures and processes.
Assessors will be recruited across a range of curriculum areas, including carpentry & joinery, brickwork, painting and decorating, interior systems, timber frame erection, floorcovering, roof slate & tiling, wall & floor tiling, stone masonry, wood machining & plastering.
John Renwick, construction sector manager for ESP, said: “Becoming an assessor can be a rewarding career choice and the opportunity to shape the next generation of talent. It is a key role in the success of the construction sector, helping new entrants to gain their qualifications and become highly skilled in their trade.
“Scottish Apprenticeship Week seemed like the perfect time to launch the project. The importance and value of apprenticeships are recognised throughout the country, and they would not be achievable without the help and support of the assessor role.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for experienced industry professionals to use their skills and knowledge in a new capacity and we would encourage them to find out more about this fantastic job opportunity.”
Ian Hughes, partnerships director, CITB Scotland, said: “Our evidence-based approach to the funding we provide helps the construction industry to deliver tailored training and assessment to fulfil Scotland’s skills needs.
“The Scottish Assessors project is a great example of how we work in partnership with training delivery organisations to ensure that construction has the right people, with the right skills, in the right place.
“The recruitment and upskilling of assessors for specific trades – and in specific regions of Scotland – will have a hugely positive impact on the delivery of a greater number of much-needed, fully trained and qualified apprentices to the Scottish workforce.”