Graduate Apprenticeship Work-based Learning Assessor or Assessor/Verifier
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Computer and Information Sciences
Salary Range: £31,604 - £38,833 pro-rata
FTE: 0.5 (17.5 hours per week)
Term: Fixed (until 31/7/21)
Closing Date: 18 June 2018
The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university and is recognised for its world class research, knowledge exchange, and educational programmes. The Department of Computer & Information Sciences, based within the Faculty of Science, is an internationally recognised research department specialising in health informatics, interactive systems, computer security, information science and theoretical computer science. The Department is home to around 600 undergraduate, taught postgraduate and PhD students. We have a strong commitment to widening access and inclusion while maintaining academic quality and an outstanding student experience.
The Department in partnership with key stakeholders, has developed a Graduate Apprenticeship degree in IT: Software Development GA (ITSD). This 4 year Honours degree programme is designed for learners employed full time within a software development role in industry and consequently, a significant proportion of the indicative student workload will be credit-bearing work-based learning.
The Department of Computer & Information Sciences is seeking to recruit two qualified and experienced work-based learning assessors or assessor/verifiers with a background in software development to support the delivery and assessment of the integrated work-based learning elements of the 4 year degree programme.
Assessors and Assessor/Verifiers will be involved in all aspects of the work-based learning activities including the provision of initial learner training on the use of e-portfolio, development of individual learning plans, supporting work-based learners and assessing work-based learning activities. In addition, Assessor/Verifiers will be involved in the co-ordination of work-based learning assessor activity, supporting work-based learning assessors and assessing/verifying the work-based learning activities. The roles will require travel to employer sites across central Scotland and the ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with a range of stakeholders including industry employers, work-based learning assessors, learners and other GA ITSD staff.
To be considered for both roles, you must hold the SVQ Assessor Qualification (L&D9DI) and a background in software development or related discipline to allow for the assessing of various learners at SCQF level 7 within Scotland. You will also have suitable experience of observing and assessing candidates in their workplace including:
- Developing individual learning plans.
- Interviewing candidates and examining their portfolios of evidence.
- Providing feedback and offering advice.
- Keeping records of candidates' progress.
- Liaising with industry supervisors to develop individual learning plans and develop/implement learner support strategies.
The Assessor/Verifier role will also require you to have the SVQ Internal Verifier Qualification (L&D11) as well as relevant experience of observing, assessing and verifying work-based learning within a software development context (up to and including SCQF level 7) including:
- Developing a standardised approach to ensure all GA ITSD work-based learning assessors are using the same work-based learning framework.
- Managing the activity of and providing feedback to work-based learning assessors.
- Supporting work-based learners and assessing their portfolios of evidence.
- Reviewing and verifying candidate progress.
You must have good communication and team working skills in order to work with the GA ITSD programme team and communicate effectively with learners, employers and internal colleagues. You must possess IT skills appropriate to supporting learners at a distance. Due to the nature of the role, candidates must be willing and able to work flexibly both in terms of time and location, including the ability to visit learners off-campus. You will be required to travel to meet learners within their place of work and must have a current driving licence with access to your own vehicle. Candidates for both roles will have the opportunity to work from home.
For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Alexandra Coddington, Programme Director, at Alex.Coddington@strath.ac.uk or on 0141 548 4521.
Interviews for this post have been scheduled to take place on 25 June 2018.