Initial Assessment Process and Methods
The process and methods used during the Initial Assessment process should firstly clarify the learner’s eligibility before establishing their suitability to participate on the Traineeship programme. Once eligibility and suitability have been confirmed then the learner's competencies in English and maths and their work skills should be assessed. Finally, providers should understand the learner’s motivation and careers aspiration. The diagram below is an example of the type of Initial Assessment process that could be followed and some of the methods providers could utilise.
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The initial assessment process consists of two stages to check learner eligibility and suitability.
A Face to face interview with the resourcer which includes reviewing application forms, IAG information and a functional skills initial assessment using ForSkills. The aim of this is to:
Assess learning needs, attitudes and behaviours
Check previous learning
If an applicant is identified as either ineligible or unsuitable they are referred to either study programmes or other provision at external providers
If the learner is successful, they invited to pre-employability sessions on the two preceding Fridays, prior to the commencement of their Traineeship programme. The purpose of the Pre-Employability Sessions is to:
Checks motivation – if they cannot attend these two session they are unlikely to complete
Double check suitability for both the Traineeship course and QA learning environment
Practice their interview techniques including travelling to interview
They will undertake an interview with work placement employer
Functional skills taster sessions
Understand learning styles and traits
Understand what sort of pastoral care may be required
Leaners are able to bring along a family member or friend to support them at the Pre-Employability sessions. This may help some overcome any initial fears as the formal office environment could intimidate some learners.