Assessment and key roles

Discover how the assessment process works and find out more about the role played by your employer and assessor, as well as what's expected of you, during your BTEC Apprenticeship.

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How the assessment process works

Your Assessment Workbook will help you make the most of the different assessment options that are available for your Apprenticeship. You may be assessed through:

  • work tasks that demonstrate your competence
  • observations of you completing work tasks
  • discussions with your assessor that demonstrate your knowledge and understanding
  • written evidence, for example completed Knowledge and Understanding pages from this Assessment Workbook.

Any assessment work will need to be recorded for your portfolio. Your assessor will advise you of the best methods of recording this evidence.

Your assessor will help you select the units of the different qualifications that best suit your needs and the needs for your employer. In addition, your assessor will let you know which sections of the Workbook are most relevant to your Apprenticeship.

The role of your employer

During your BTEC Apprenticeship, your employer needs to provide you with:

  • enough time to allow you to complete your Apprenticeship work
  • opportunities to demonstrate the necessary skills in your workplace
  • a mentor to help provide informal training and support
  • a wage.

In addition, your employer (or your colleagues) may support you in completing your Apprenticeship through:

  • providing witness statements that can be used as evidence for your Apprenticeships
  • additional training where you need to develop your skills and knowledge further
  • support and guidance if you have any human resources issues.

The role of your assessor

Your assessor will support you in completing your BTEC Apprenticeship. He or she will visit you at your workplace and discuss the Apprenticeship with you to make sure the qualifications are suitable for your needs and job role, and that you fully understand what you will need to learn and do during the Apprenticeship programme.

During your Apprenticeship, your assessor needs to:

  • make sure you understand how you will be assessed and what you will be assessed on
  • give you good notice of each time they visit you at your workplace, and what you need to have completed in preparation for the visit
  • discuss your work and your job role with your employer and colleagues to gather additional evidence for your portfolio.

In addition, your assessor may recommend supporting resources, such as textbooks or e-learning, that you need to use during the course of the Apprenticeship to help you build your knowledge and skills.

Your role

You are responsible for both carrying out the job that your employer is paying you to do and for completing your Apprenticeship. Your responsibilities to your employer are:

  • to do the work required of you to a satisfactory standard
  • to keep your employer informed of how you are progressing through the Apprenticeship
  • to meet the general requirements of an employee at your workplace (for example, to turn up on time).

You also have responsibilities to your assessor. Your assessor will need you to:

  • inform your employer of the dates when your assessor is visiting you at your workplace
  • complete the work required of you by the date agreed, and if you are unable to do so, keep your assessor informed of your progress
  • attend any training organised by your training provider or college
  • keep them informed of the work activities you are planning to carry out on the dates of their visits – if you will not be in the workplace on that day, tell your assessor as soon as possible so they can reschedule the visit
  • make sure your work is your own and that you indicate the original source of any information or wording that you have found somewhere else (for example, on the internet).