GPRS: Struggling to recruit good Assessors? Research identifies Functional Skills delivery as a strong influencer in attaining and retaining talent
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A new research report, showing significant changes in the training and learning industry in the past twelve months, predicts the coming of a candidate shortage, and suggests that providers delivering functional skills should be particularly cautious.
GPRS Recruitment has published their latest Salary & Benefits Survey. Now in its seventh edition, the document examines market conditions for training & learning professionals within the work based learning sector. This year, they predict the coming of a candidate-short marketplace, with employers competing vigorously to attract and retain the best talent.
Even more interesting, is the suggestion by the firm, that Functional Skills delivery is an area in which training providers are particularly vulnerable. As delivery staff workloads have increased with demand, so too are their employers’ expectations.
Most Assessors are now required to deliver Functional Skills alongside their own discipline. Typically, as experts in their vocation, (rather than for example, teaching Maths), this is frequently met with frustration and dissatisfaction as the skills required to deliver high quality teaching in two very different subjects are exactly that - different.
Consequently, the Market Sector Specialists at GPRS are now advising their clients to consider recruiting Functional Skills Tutors, and removing the responsibility for delivering these subjects from their Assessors. Alternatively, they suggest, a considerable pay increase could be offered to recognise the extra skills required to do the job well.
The survey has historically proved to be both an accurate reflection of current markets, and also a predictor of impending change and movements. In 2009, for example, a widespread move away from learner enrolment by assessors in favour of the creation of BDM roles was predicted.
The survey itself is hot property. In previous years alongside thousands of downloads and printed distribution on request, GPRS has even fielded calls from their direct competitors, requesting copies of their data.
However, although the headline statistics are published today, the full report is made available first to existing clients of GPRS, giving them a deep level of insight and an opportunity to respond within their own businesses. With their current customers protected, the full report is published in its entirety during late August.
Marti Jones, Divisional Director, spoke candidly on the matter: “We are under no illusions; salaries will need to increase within many training providers if they wish to attain and retain talent – we have already noticed marked changes in candidate behaviours and believe that this is the beginning of a big shift.
“On top of that, we firmly believe that the best Assessors, giving the best service to learners and employers, do their best work when they are not burdened with the delivery of a discipline in which they do not specialise. Maths, English & IT are very important subjects in their own right-and it seems obvious to us that this should be reflected in provider delivery structures.”
UK businesses interested in reserving a copy of GPRS Recruitment’s Salary & Benefit Survey should contact Emma Stallwood on 0845 862 6272 firstname.lastname@example.org
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GPRS Recruitment are the UK’s leading specialist in the recruitment of permanent staff for work-based learning and training organisations.
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