Be a confident Modern Apprentice!

During Scottish Apprenticeship Week we thought it would be good to do a series of blogs called “Meet the Assessor.” These are designed to help employers and apprentices gain an insight into the role of an assessor.

Continuing the series is Nigel Bennett who is a Motor Vehicle SVQ Assessor.



I am a qualified motor vehicle technician with years of experience in the trade. I worked as an apprentice controller, then workshop controller, and for a number of years in training companies teaching and assessing students to SVQ Level 3 standard, now to modern apprentice standard.

My job is to observe modern apprenticeship students in their workplace, discuss progress with their employers and mentors, and carry out a review of the students every 12 to 13 weeks.  I visit them on a regular basis to offer support and observe the students’ level of competence in workplace procedures.

Every day I visit different companies in the industry from local authority depot workshops to major dealerships and independent garages. Some examples are open-cast mining, car hire companies and bus companies.

A successful modern apprentice needs to be enthusiastic. Apprenticeships require practical learning and academic elements, and a good standard of core skills, diagnostic and repair skills are essential. Also be confident!

To assess students, I follow the standards set by the industry lead body and gather evidence towards the required standards they need to meet. This can include online testing for underpinning knowledge, practical work observation showing competency towards set criteria (this is during arranged visits to company workshops) and assessment of practical tasks in a college workshop.

Want to know more

Read our blog on “Getting up to speed with our Motor Vehicle guru”:

Check out the news section on our website to read about apprentice Gillian Anderson:

Read about our family of mechanics:

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