Hours per week: Contracted, Freelance
Salary/Fee: Fee per assessment, based on daily rate
Location: Multiple locations across the UK. Occasional travel to AIM HQ in Derby may be required.
AIM supports the growth in the end-point assessment (EPA) of apprenticeship standards, delivery of high-quality EPA, and working in partnership with major employers across sectors. We are currently focusing our work on the creative and cultural industries. We are seeking to recruit talented and motivated assessors across a range of standards in the creative sector, including Photographic Assistant.
Photographic Assistants carry out skilled work in the photographic industry utilising common photographic knowledge and skills. The knowledge and skills can equally be applied to whatever means and methods are used in the workplace to generate, print or publish a photographic image. Whilst the majority of photographic imagery is produced digitally, the use of photographic film and silver-based prints are still used in specialist businesses.
This standard has optional pathways.
Option 1: An Assistant Photographer generates the original imagery and is employed across a wide range of areas, for example: social, commercial, government, scientific departments and specialist applications. They can work in indoor studios as well as outside locations using digital or film cameras; producing stills or video imagery for a wide range of uses.
Option 2: A Photographic Technician will typically work in a commercial photo finishing business, high street minilab or in-house processing centre. Their work involves producing prints from customer supplied digital imagery. Some staff working in specialist areas will be responsible for processing and printing imagery from photographic films using non-digital equipment.
Assessors for this standard should be knowledgeable within the occupation and have recent, relevant experience at the same level, or a more senior level than the apprentices they are assessing.
More information on this standard can be found on the AIM website.
- Knowledge test
- Workplace observation
- Professional discussion
AIM Associate Assessor
End-point assessors carry out independent assessment of apprentices once they have passed through the gateway. End-point assessors must ensure their occupational competence and knowledge are up to date to ensure they have the right skills and knowledge to remain credible to employers and assess an apprentice's competence.
As an associate end-point assessor working with AIM you will:
- Assess and document apprentice competence against apprenticeship standards at designated venues using the stated assessment methods
- Carry out and document end-point assessment activities in line with AIM and regulatory arrangements
- Provide concise written feedback to apprentices to explain assessment decisions
- Complete and submit reports within the necessary timescales
- Provide advice and support on end-point assessment
- Participate in training and standardisation activities to ensure a consistent approach to end-point assessment
- Maintain a thorough knowledge of the organisation and AIM end-point assessment policies and procedure
Associate assessors for Photographic Assistant must:
- Have substantial and relevant industry experience and have the technical skills to take or process/print photographs, demonstrated within the last three years.
- Hold a current enhanced DBS certificate
- Hold or be working towards an assessor qualification
- Demonstrate willingness to undertake training about assessment practice, operating the assessment tools and grading
- Some experience of working in the education sector would be desirable, as would some knowledge of assessment, but not essential as we are looking for industry practitioners
- Be independent of the apprentice, their employer and training provider(s) i.e. there must be no conflict of interest
- Hold minimum of level 2 English and Maths
- Be resident in the UK and have the right to work in the UK
Our assessors should also have:
- Diversity orientation and an inclusive approach
- Excellent organisational skills and a professional approach
- Timekeeping and punctuality
- Problem solving skills and ability to stay calm under pressure
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- Willingness to travel
- Self-motivation and a flexible approach with apprentices and employers
- A driving licence (desirable, not essential)