Diploma Assessor / Assessor-in-Training

£24,000 to £26,000 per annum pro rata
Sussex and Surrey
Various - Flexible

My Choice Children's Homes Ltd provide residential care for children. The organisation has nine Ofsted registered homes located in Sussex and Surrey. Other services include an independent school, a head office and NCFE/ CACHE registered Training Centre.

Head Office and the Training Centre are based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

We are looking for an Assessor to join the team in assisting the Learning and Development Manager to deliver and support care staff through their Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare and, ideally, the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.  We would also welcome applicants who do not hold the Assessor Award (Assessor in Training) but do have experience in childcare.  My Choice will provide the option to be trained and qualified whilst undertaking the role (training agreement will apply).

The role will require the Assessor to be meeting learners directly in the homes and facilitate group work at the training centre. The group work is to include a variety of delivery methods that meet the learners' styles and needs.

The role requires the Assessor to monitor progress and work as a team with the IQA and lead assessor.  The Assessor will need good communication skills and be able to share concerns and progress effectively with the Learning & Development Manager and Head of Centre. The Assessor will engage with standardisation meetings and EQA inspections as part of standard practice.

The role requires a recognised assessment qualification, TAQA or A1 , or be working towards whilst in post at My Choice. 

It is also essential for the role that the successful candidate has experience of working in the childcare sector and has excellent communication and organisation skills.  This includes the ability to plan and manage a workload, working both independently and as part of the Training/Assessing team.

This is a field-based role which requires the assessment of individual staff practice at our Homes and the successful candidate will need to be able to nurture and develop learner progress through a flexible and supportive approach.

We also provide an employee benefits scheme, Perkbox and a contributory pension scheme.

Applications are invited by CV, if you're application is successful, we will need you to complete an application form for vetting purposes etc.

We do not accept calls from agencies for any roles.

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Recruitment Process

Keeping in line with Children’s Homes Regulation 2015, Ofsted requirements and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022, our recruitment process comprises of two interviews (three for a teaching role), two inductions with online training.


We have an initial interview at our head office to ascertain skills and knowledge, verify identity proofs and DBS status. If a candidate is successful at interview at this stage, they will be invited to a second, informal interview at one of our eight children’s homes–our children and young people have a voice in this stage too!


If a candidate is successful at the second interview an offer of employment will be given and the candidate will be invited to a two day induction at head office to complete online courses including child exploitation and child protection.

The second induction will take place in the home you have been selected to work in.


My Choice can guarantee the following for their staff:

  • comprehensive and continued training
  • career development.

All staff are expected to gain their Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare Englandand are fully supported in this by our Learning and Development Manager. My Choice has a registered training centre with CACHE NCFE and all Diplomas are completed through the centre.

We also offer a bridging course to fill gaps in knowledge if a Level 3 has previously been achieved and we offer Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare England.

All new starters will be enrolled onto a course immediately after employment to ensure Regulation 32 of the Children’s Homes Regulation 2015 is met and adhered to.

My Choice also offer the Therapeutic Practitioners Award facilitated by Lifetrain UK ™ which develops our therapeutic practices within the company. Training provided but is not limited to –

  • Advanced child protection
  • Medication training
  • Self-harm
  • Equality and Diversity
  • CSE
  • Team Teach
  • Restorative justice
  • First aid
  • Food hygiene
  • Health and safety management.

At My Choice, career progression is measured by merit and commitment, not when a vacancy occurs within the company.

Employee Introduction Scheme

My Choice places great importance on the recruitment of experienced employees and we believe that you are the best people to understand the skills and qualities required to work within the Company. We therefore operate an Employee Introduction Scheme which is open to all employees, except Directors and HR.

If you know someone, who is experienced, suitably qualified and possesses the skills to work with young people, you could receive a cash award of £500.00 (subject to deduction of PAYE) made to you when you recommend a candidate who joins My Choice following your introduction.

As My Choice has an independent training centre located near Head office, all training takes place at this venue. The centre is registered with CACHE NCFE and provides a range of courses to staff namely as follows:

  • The Diploma 3 working with children and young people in residential care England
  • The Diploma 5 leadership and management award
  • The CAVA (assessor award)
  • The Level 4 in training and education
  • Early Years Diploma course