Our SVQ assessors: supporting you to succeed

An SVQ often takes around 12 months to complete. However, for some candidates, who register for qualifications to meet SSSC requirements, the journey can be longer as they undertake both a Management award and Care award, accompanied by 2 additional Leadership units on Safeguarding and Development of the workforce, back to back.

Our SVQ assessors appreciate this is a challenging enterprise and work with each candidate to keep them motivated, focussed and on track.

Neil Turner, our Assessment Co-ordinator, commented:

“Completing two SVQ qualifications on top of a demanding role, managing a service, can be daunting. However, what many candidates forget is that a demanding work role will produce exactly the type of evidence required for their level 4 SVQs. The assessor is there to help the candidate identify and present the evidence to meet the SVQ standards”

One such candidate who embarked upon the double award with Neil as his assessor was Richard McPike from Blue Triangle Housing Association.

On successful completion, Richard told us:

“My learning, development and attainment, could have been very challenging, were it not for Neil’s ‘Guide-on-the-Side’ approach, which always gave me confidence. There were times when I deviated from my learning path, however due to Neil’s swift interventions I was always able to rectify and successfully continue my learning journey.”

“Commencement of my learning through the excellent GCVS, was an absolute pleasure. I felt fully supported at all times by Neil, who would stretch me to expand on specific areas where I was at times, not providing enough elaboration. This was a boon for me, as it provided a ‘deep learning’, which otherwise may not have happened.”


If you or your staff don’t feel you have the time to undertake a qualification due to pressing workloads, talk to us about how we can support you to achieve. Contact the team svq@gcvs.org.uk

Find out more about our SVQ Centre here


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