Media Release: Industry first for assessor training

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THE oil and gas industry has recently welcomed an innovative new process for training assessors.

Explains a spokesperson: “For the first time, it is now possible to undertake the SQA ‘Assess competence in the workplace using direct and indirect methods’ training – otherwise known as 9DI – from any location, at any time and with one-on-one interaction – with a qualified assessor supporting you through the entire process.

“Aberdeen-based Maggie Braid Associates Ltd (MBA), has recently launched their SQA 9DI Blended Learning product, a combination of a purpose-built computer-based training (CBT) package, together with the usual outstanding support from their team of experienced MBA assessors, guiding you through the activities required to achieve this award.

“The CBT covers the exact program of the more traditional classroom-based induction with various candidate activities and again, that all important interaction with experienced MBA assessors.”

The spokesperson added: “Launched at the end of last year, this innovative product has taken the oil and gas industry by surprise, with many of the big names already signing their people up to become assessors via this Blended Learning approach.

“Modular in design, the CBT is extremely user-friendly and combines electronic ‘chalk and talk’ style learning with interactive candidate activities, ensuring each candidate is on track with their learning prior to gaining access to the next stage of the CBT.”

A number of international oil and gas operators are already taking advantage of this globally-accessible, individually-paced, highly-effective method of training, enabling their people to become assessors in the workplace for a fraction of the usual cost.

Lisa Barnard, business development manager at MBA, commented on this new innovation.

She said: “Our new, Blended Learning approach for the SQA 9DI assessor qualification has proved to be so popular, it really is a fantastic result for MBA as it has taken quite a commitment to bring this to the market.

“Its success definitely pioneers the way for more opportunities for MBA.”

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