AutoRaise VDA assessment plan

AutoRaise recently brought together twenty key industry stakeholders consisting of repairers, training providers and others within the sector in a workshop to debate and agree content for the vehicle damage assessor assessment plan.

Held at the NBRA offices in central London, the workshops were facilitated by colleagues from the Institute for Apprenticeships. They led the group through the process for completing an assessment plan and talked through the mechanics of End-Point Assessments (EPA) and how they might work for our sector.

AutoRaise chair, Chris Oliver, kept the day moving and ensured everyone had an opportunity to contribute their views. Constructive debate was had by all in the room around a range of topics including: the pros and cons of assessing in the workplace compared to dedicated assessment centres and how much the use of images and videos would change in the role of a VDA in the future – to ensure the standard and assessment plan are ‘fit-for-purpose’ for years to come.

The group concluded the session with a discussion of how they wanted to describe the different levels of ‘pass’ and how apprentices would demonstrate excellence.

Indra Nauth, head of engagement – education and learners commented, ‘AutoRaise are proud that as a sector, when we put a call out for input into development of standards and apprenticeships, everyone – particularly repairers – respond positively to say ‘count me in’. Without the technical and commercial knowledge that those actually working in the business can bring, we would not be able to take forward developments of new Standards for the sector.’