Wanted – People to Assess Apprentices for Creative Process in Web, Digital Marketing and Social Media

The Apprenticeship scheme run by Creative Process is expanding and we are looking for new people to work for us as Assessors.

Creative Process is a work based learning provider who deliver apprenticeships for employers in the; creative, digital media, communications, advertising, marketing and PR sectors. We work with some of the leading employers in that field (M&C Saatchi, DDB, Ogilvy, ITN, BskyB and Thomson Reuters to mention just a few) as well as cutting edge start-ups and leading trade bodies such as the IPA and the PRCA. At any one time Creative Process will be working with over 200 apprentices who are based with one of the over 100 employers that we service. All apprentices are working towards nationally recognised qualifications in Creative and Digital Media, Digital Marketing and Social Media at level 3.

What is an Assessor?
One of the key roles within the delivery of apprenticeships is that of the assessor. An assessor will typically visit an apprentice in their place of work 12 times during an apprenticeship and use a variety of methods to assess the competence of an apprentice as they develop skills and knowledge in their new role. Creative Process only recruit assessors that have professional competence in the area they assessing, typically this will have been gained through working in that industry for at least 5 years. In addition to professional competence assessors are required to hold a qualification in assessing – in the sectors we work in there are not many people who have both the competence and the qualification – so Creative Process offer training in assessment to suitable individuals.

How does assessing work and how are assessors remunerated?
Assessors visit apprentices in the workplace once a month during their apprenticeship, at each visit the assessor will use several methods to establish and gather evidence to demonstrate that the apprentice has gained competence in a particular area. An assessment visit will typically take 2 hours and during the period between visits the assessor will also be required to respond to new evidence produced by the apprentice and map that on their e-Portfolio. On average an assessor will have to work on assessing each apprentice for 4 hours per month, in addition assessors are require to attend 4 half day standardisation meetings per year. Payment for assessing each apprentice is between £1000 and £1200 dependent on the programme followed, which is partly paid on a per visit basis and partly as the learner completes their qualification. Assessors can be assessing 10 to 20 learners at any one time but the numbers and the timing of the assessment can be very flexible, also accommodating lower case loads to suit many people who also have other professional work.

How can you become an assessor?
Send your CV to and if your experience is suitable then we will invite you for an interview. If both parties decide to proceed then training can start – the qualification we deliver is a the level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement – the knowledge part is delivered via eLearning and takes between 20 and 30 hours to complete. Once you are through that part then we will allocate 2 learners for you to work with and your remaining qualification is completed by observation of your interaction with the learners. Once you are through all that we can allocate more learners for you to work with. We currently charge for this training (£500 via a first instalment of £100 and then four monthly payments of £100 but these are only deducted from payments made once you start to assess learners) but it may also so soon be fundable though the Student Loan Company – we will go into more detail on this at interview.

What sectors do we require assessors to assess in and what skills and experience are we looking for from potential assessors?

Digital Marketing and Social Media (at level 3) – currently recruiting
We are looking for people:
> With good all round experience of working in Digital Marketing – bearing in mind that most of the employers we work with are digital agencies of some sort. Potential assessors could have gained their experience as freelancers, worked for large agencies or through starting their own company.
> Who have practical experience of working in the sector and know the skills a young person requires to work effectively in the industry.
> Those who have a broad view of the industry both in its current form and an informed interest in how it is developing.

Digital Marketing Level 3 comprises a Diploma and a Certificate.

Advertising and Marketing Communications (at level 4)

This is a new qualification and offers to develop apprentices working in both advertising and digital agencies. It can cover everything from the theory of marketing communications, to production of creative output, to delivery of projects, to the management and delivery of campaigns through buying space on digital channels. Assessors may not be able to cover the full range of units offered, in which case we can split the delivery between two or more assessors. Potential assessors can have and an advertising agency background, a marketing agency background, a freelance creative background, project management experience or more specialist digital skills.

Advertising and Marketing Communications Level 4 is a combined knowledge and competence diploma.

Web (at level 3) – within a Creative and Digital Media apprenticeship framework – currently recruiting

A large number of the apprentices we train are working with some aspect of web design, social media or other form of internet based digital communication. The level 3 qualification offers a grounding in the principles of designing for the web and as such we are looking for assessors who have a specialist knowledge of one of the key areas of web design as well as a broad knowledge of how particularly companies are using the web to reach the public.

Current assessors backgrounds range from being freelance web designers, to consultants, to those who have worked in agencies to those who have started their own companies. Making a website is only a small part of the apprenticeship so those with all sorts of industry experience can work usefully with these apprentices where skills such as project management and design can be as important as HTML or CSS.

The qualification you will be assessing comprises of a Diploma and a Certificate.

Creative – (most of our learners are currently specialising in Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations)

The Creative apprenticeship pathway covers many job roles within the Creative sector – Venues, Theatres, Recording studios, Community Arts Venues and Cinemas. Assessors come from a wide variety of different backgrounds and bring varying professional experiences to the programme. They range from working in different cultural and creative venues, to organising festivals, to running arts organisations. We are looking for people who have come from any of these backgrounds – most important is good experience of managing or producing some sort of creative or cultural product.

The qualification comprises of a Diploma and a Certificate.