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NVQ Assessor
Kensington and Chelsea College

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Denise C

00:00:02 My name’s Denise C, and I work with the Kensington and Chelsea College. I work as a NVQ Assessor, travelling around and assessing people at their place of work. It’s a journey I arrived at by default actually, I was working in a Nursery. It came to pass I’d done some studying, I was met by my ex-tutors, and they said that there was jobs on offer at the college.

00:00:32 When I was at school I thought I’d be into fashion. I loved fashion, my eldest sister was a fashion designer, and that’s what I aspired to be. At no stage did I ever think that I would be going into child care, or lecturing, or anything of the sort. It’s a career where you’re sort of helping people, you know, working with others to help them to gain something in life. It makes me feel good, I must say, I feel like I’m doing something that’s useful. And I’m actually quite proud of myself. The fact that I’ve managed to achieve something that’s worthwhile.

00:01:16 I loved school. I was always quite outgoing. I was usually the first one to sort of jump up and shout for the cause. I think I was quite fun, I dunno. I think I might have been a bit cheeky. But I didn’t get expelled at no stage, so I couldn’t have been that bad.

00:01:38 The moment I feel proud of? Yes. I would say that was when I completed my Foundation Degree. At the time that I started, I had just found out that my husband was diagnosed with cancer, two brain tumours. And I was not sure if I would be able to do this course, obviously because of that – those circumstances. I embarked on it in September of 2003, not really thinking I would get through – and I did. My husband support – he was like, you know, you have to do this. And yeah, that’s my – that’s something – you can see by my face – I’m proud of that, yes.

00:02:29 Inspirational is the words that I use for my parents. My father is no longer with us, he’s in another place. They left Jamaica in – I think my father came in 1952 to England – 1951/52 – and my mother came, I think, the year after. They had a pretty rough time, you know, race riots in Notting Hill, my father was a part of that. They’ve always been very just parents, and they brought us up with what I would say – with a caring heart. And I think with that sort of foundation, I think it’s pretty hard to sort of stray off.

00:03:19 I like fun, I like to laugh. I think laughing is a remedy – and to keep you young, and keep your face flexible, so as long as I have quality time with my children, then that’s my fun. Having life and doing something with my life it does – it makes, you know, I just say thank God. I wake up in the morning, and I say Thank you God for making me be awake, and to be able to step out the front door, and do something worthwhile.

00:03:50 ENDS

Denise C works with the Kensington and Chelsea College as a NVQ Assessor, “travelling around and assessing people at their place of work”. She was into fashion from a young age and never saw herself in the job she has today. She says, “I like fun, I like to laugh. I think laughing is a remedy… to keep you young”.

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The UK average salary is £29,813

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There are 37.5 hours in the average working week

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71%  female 

The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male

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? Education advisers and school inspectors plan, organise and direct the educational activities and resources in a local authority education area, and undertake inspections of schools and other training establishments excluding universities.
Jobholders usually possess an education-related degree or relevant postgraduate qualification and have gained relevant experience in teaching and/or school management. Before being appointed, an inspector has to attend a course of training provided or approved by OFSTED. Most inspectors are or have been head teachers, deputy heads or heads of department.
  • Advises on all aspects of education and ensures that all statutory educational requirements are being met;
  • Plans and advises on the provision of special schools for children with physical or learning disabilities;
  • Appoints and controls teaching staff;
  • Verifies that school buildings are adequately maintained;
  • Arranges for the provision of school medical and meals services;
  • Observes teaching, assesses learning level and discusses any apparent faults with teachers, heads of department and head teachers;
  • Prepares reports on schools concerning teaching standards, educational standards being achieved, the spiritual, moral and social development of pupils, resource management etc.
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