IndiaCan, a joint venture of Educomp Solutions Ltd., India’s largest education company and Pearson, the world’s largest education services provider has forayed into vocational assessor qualification in India with an international BTEC qualification from Edexcel, UK’s largest awarding body.
With the government placing a high emphasis on skills development with the objective of having a skilled workforce of 500 million by 2022, the role of trainers and assessors has come into sharp focus. There is a need to have globally skilled trainers and assessors to deliver a globally ready workforce. There is an urgent need to bring assessors up-to-date on modern assessment practices and IndiaCan aims to bring this modernisation and standardisation into “vocational assessments” in India with the international Vocational Assessor Qualification (VAQ).
In order to build awareness of this important qualification, its efficacy and benefits, IndiaCan are launching the pilot batch for key assessors selected by most of India’s premier Vocational Assessing Bodies designated in the Modular Employable Skills (MES) program. This program offers Edexcel’s BTEC Level 4 VAQ qualifications delivered by IndiaCan’s world-class training resources.
The ‘Vocational Assessor Qualification’ is an Edexcel certified programme launched globally in January’10. It is an international qualification that trains and qualifies assessors to deliver standardized evaluations across Centers, Cities and Countries. The VAQ is part of a comprehensive certification programme called the Edexcel BTEC Professional Certificate in Training and Development- An international qualification for trainers and assessors. IndiaCan will offer the flexibility of undertaking only a part of this qualification as a short-term specialist assessor or trainer programme.
The qualification has also been tailored to the Indian context and will be delivered by IndiaCan in a unique blended model including workshops, e-content and guided learning. The programme will hope to deliver high-quality assessors and standardise their practices across the country contributing to skills development initiatives.
Speaking on the launch Mr. Sharad Talwar, CEO, IndiaCan said ‘IndiaCan has a huge stake in skills development in India and we specifically intend to get involved in initiatives which have long-term significance. This is one of them to globally upskill assessors and we are extremely pleased to be launching this batch. We are sure that this batch will be a predecessor to an army of high-class assessor force.’
Sami Baig, Regional Director, Edexcel added ‘Edexcel has specifically developed this qualification to the needs of assessors internationally. The qualification will upskill assessors and equip them with international assessment practices. This is a high quality programme and will be delivered adhering to high-quality by IndiaCan.’
The contact days for the first batch starts from the 21st to the 23rd in New Delhi and will be attended by dignitaries on the concluding day.