Thursday, 16 February 2017

Putting the T in TAQA

Time was when ALL Trainers working for Government subsidised schemes were required to be qualified as Trainers which meant achieving PTLLS (Preparing to Train in the Lifelong Learning Sector - "Petals").

That requirement seems to have been waived by the Government although some Awarding Organisations have started to ask for it again because they realise that it is quite a good idea that Trainers should be competent to train !!

So we have been approved to offer the new "Petals" - the Award in Education & Training - which we run as a concentrated three day course giving people the basic skills and understanding that they need to work with a group of Learners.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Where to stay locally

We start our training at 08:30 sharp and you can't afford to miss any of the wisdom so we suggest you stay overnight locally if you have more than a couple of hours to drive.

Some customers have recommended The Prospect House in Cheddleton and others have stayed at  the Premier Inn in Leek.  We are on the edge of the Peak District and there is plenty of accommodation in local pubs.

Let us know where you are staying and we might join you for dinner...

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

The Team

Rob Faulkner

A qualified Mechanical Engineer who started his working life flying jets in the Fleet Air Arm. He spent time in the Electrical Engineering industry as a Production Manager, then went into Further Education as a lecturer. From there Rob moved back into industry as a Trainer specialising in defining and assessing competence. He is a qualified Assessor and Internal Verifier and has worked for OCR as an External Verifier and as an Evaluator of new Centres. Contact Rob on 01538 300 509 or 07771 617249

Simon Faulkner

Simon spent 14 years in the Royal Air Force as a Pilot before leaving and running an IT Consultancy company specializing in integrating open source software such as Linux, Exim and Samba with proprietry Windows networks. He currently delivers training for QCF Assessor Certificate and Award and the QCF IQA Certificate, and is experienced in delivering training across a wide variety of sectors. Contact Simon on 01538 303 902 or 07771 845326

Mike Faulkner

Mike is another pilot on the team, having spent 12 years in the Royal Air Force as a Pilot and flying instructor. He now delivers training and assessment for the Direct Training & Support (DT&S) NVQ Level 3. Mike also assesses both NVQ Level 4s, A&G Levels 3 and 4, and QCF NVQ Assessor Certificate and Award. Contact Mike on 01522 731872 or 07765 881948

Lucy Faulkner

Lucy is a keen Falconer and flies Hawks, Falcons and Owls in displays. Lucy delivers Assessor training and Internet Security training and is working towards IQA. Contact Lucy on 01538 303 902

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

A little history

Rob was working in training when the NVQ was invented and set up the Staffordshire Accredited Training Centre as one of about 40 Centres across the country to train Government Instructors on YTS (Youth Training Scheme) and CP (Community Programme).

He set up Rob Faulkner Associates in 1992 specialising in Assessor, Verifier, and Trainer training in both large and small organisations, and he wrote competence based VQs for several large companies involving researching and trying for himself over 100 jobs in tyre manufacturing and the same in biscuit making.

He tried to retire in 2007 but both his sons, Simon and Michael, decided to try NVQs and enjoyed the work so much that we set up A1 Assessment Ltd in 2008.

We have a wide range of friends, colleagues, and clients from a variety of backgrounds with whom we share news, rumours, and gossip so that we keep in touch with all the latest developments in the world of training and qualifications. We are actively involved in the development of qualifications with SFJ (our Awarding Organisation).

We believe that this background makes us aware of the pressures of the real world, and we make sure that our courses and assessments are based in the workplace on the needs of the specific candidates with whom we are working.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

What is TAQA?

TAQA is an unofficial acronym which stands for Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance.

There is no TAQA qualification, just the the 3 separate qualifications mentioned above.

Training = 'Award in Education and Training' or 'Train The Trainer'
    (it used to be PTTLS but that has gone now)

Assessing = RQFA - We deliver this course

Quality Assurance = IQA - We deliver this course

Sunday, 5 April 2015

I'm not very good at reading or writing, can I still be an Assessor?


Assessing is NOT about producing perfect forms or writing wonderful essays.  Assessing is about helping someone to prove that they are competent and then persuading the rest of your team that you have made that judgement in accordance with the appropriate criteria.

You do need a basic level of literacy to be able to complete the required paperwork but we help many, many people to become Assessors even though they are dyslexic or just don't enjoy filling out paperwork.

"It's not Shakespeare" -  Simon 2010

Thursday, 19 March 2015

What is the RQF?

The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) is the latest oin a series of frameworks that started way back at the NVQ (National Vocational Qualification)

If you are looking for a Qualification to recognise your competence in a vocation (eg Construction or High Speed Traffic Management or Hairdressing) then the chances are that the qualification will be in the RQF.

Here is an Ofqual blog that doesn't quite manage to explain it

Putting the T in TAQA

Time was when ALL Trainers working for Government subsidised schemes were required to be qualified as Trainers which meant achieving PTLLS ...