A Common Approach to Assessment
Employability results from a combination of factors which enable
people to progress toward and into employment, to stay in
employment and to move on in the workplace. There is a growing
awareness of the importance of the contributions of a wide range of
services to help enhance employability. In particular, people with
multiple and complex needs can benefit from different kinds of
support to address the multifaceted barriers to employment they
might have. To be effective, easy access to these services is
required. In many areas across Scotland, 'pipeline' approaches have
been developed which provide pathways for clients to take them from
being unemployed and not job ready to work. Such an approach
ensures that the services are joined up and there is seamless
progression for the client.
The effectiveness of such an approach depends on how
successfully clients' needs and the right service for them are
identified through a process of assessment. This process may
involve the following.
- Identifying the starting point and distance travelled for
- Developing an awareness of the client's individual strengths
- Isolating relevant and sustainable
- Identifying additional support needs to tackle any
- Establishing goals and strategies as part of a client
- Matching resources to individual needs.
It is clear that without effective assessment the basic purpose
of employability intervention cannot be achieved. Assessment is
also essential to ensuring that an employability pipeline
Within employability partnerships, assessment processes can be
enhanced by a shared approach through the implementation of a
Common Assessment Framework. Such a framework ensures partners have
a common basis for assessment and work to the
Common Assessment Training Implementation Plan in this
section, is designed to assist you to implement a training course
that can contribute to the development of a common assessment
framework in your area. It must be recognised that delivering
training is only one aspect of developing a common assessment
framework. In any locality, partners must also be committed to
working to the same principles to taking the practical steps that
will be required to implement a framework.
Templates for training sessions are included in this section.
These allow your to put together a course of 7 sessions designed to
allow participants to consider:
- the context for common assessment including employability
policy, the labour market and approaches
- the business case for common assessment;
- factors affecting the quality of
- the needs led model of assessment, which provides an
- the assessment processes used by
- how common assessment can be developed locally.
These training materials were launched at the 'A Common Approach
to Assessment: meeting the employability needs of our clients'
event in September 2009. Video links of Universal Comedy sketches
delivered on the day are attached below for you to view. Theses
sketches outline what both a poor, and good, customer experience
may look like!