Additional advice as you complete your CVQO-led City and Guilds Professional Recognition Award

Your CVQO-led City and Guilds Professional Recognition Award

As you work hard to complete your City and Guilds Professional Recognition Award, I thought it would be helpful to keep in touch with a few reminders.

Your mentor

By now, you will be in regular contact with your mentor who will be supporting you as you plan your submission. Please let us know if this arrangement is not working by contacting Nicky at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Remember that your mentor will formally review your work on two occasions.  The first review will concentrate on your first draft for Standard 1 which should consist of your reflective writing and portfolio of evidence.  This provides an important opportunity for you to find out exactly what we, and City and Guilds, will be looking for. We strongly recommend that you do not start work on the remaining six standards until this review has been carried out and you have received feedback from your mentor.

When you have completed the final draft of your whole submission, your mentor’s final formal review will provide general advice about your Reflective Account and portfolio of evidence as a whole. We will be reluctant to accept a submission for assessment that has not been through the final review process and you should allow time for this.

Your submission

Please write your reflective account using our electronic template.  If you do not have a copy of this, please contact your mentor. The template contains space for portfolio evidence tracking at the end of each standard. 

Witness testimony must be included for each of the six standards.  Your mentor will send you a template for witness testimony on which you should identify the relevant standard statements.  This will ensure that the testimony targets specific standard statements.  Witness does not have to be high up in your chain of command; a colleague or member of your team could easily provide this evidence.  Your witness must, however, provide their contact details on the testimony for quality assurance purposes.

The PRA Candidate Checklist provides additional advice and can be downloaded here.

Your timings

We really do appreciate how difficult it is to get started with the complicated task of writing a Reflective Account. However, when the first draft of Standard 1 has been completed, most candidates are able to progress quickly with the rest of their submission, sometimes completing everything in just a few weeks.  We hope this news will be encouraging, particularly if you have not started yet.  The key is to write something so that your mentor can support and encourage you.   

Your assessment

Please remember that the assessment of your submission is designed to be more like a detailed review than a simple assessment decision and can take a little time to complete. Your assessor will provide helpful feedback on your work, especially if a few changes need to be made.  The outcome of the assessment will be ‘Met’ or ‘Not Yet Met’ and there will be an opportunity to resubmit following a ‘Not Yet Met’ decision. 

Your graduation

Your assessor will work on your submissions as quickly as possible, but this can take time, especially in the lead up to the CVQO Graduation Ceremony which is planned for 19 October 2018. 

For this reason, we cannot guarantee to issue a result in time for Graduation for submissions sent in after 30 June 2018. 

Even so, I strongly recommend that you do not rush to complete your submission in order to meet this deadline (and we promise not to forget to invite you to Graduation next year).

Well done once again for taking this opportunity to work towards a qualification that will demonstrate your worth as a leader, manager and as an employee.  I wish you every success as you complete your City and Guilds Professional Recognition Award.

Paul Atkinson, Professional Development Manager

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