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Brian Johnston 

Electrical Assessor 

Brian Johnston is one of six electrical assessors at Clarkson Evans. He is tasked with guiding apprentices through the performance elements of their NVQ Level 3 – a key part of their electrical apprenticeship.

Brian covers the company’s Bracknell and Oxford branches, visiting apprentices on site to carry out competence-based assessments and review the written evidence submitted for their e-portfolio.

Travelling to new build housing sites across the region, Brian visits several apprentices each day. “In a typical day I would carry out assessments on two apprentices, observing their practical work and ensuring they’re working safely and correctly as well as discussing their progress with their team leader,” said Brian.

Apprentices have a number assessments to complete throughout their apprenticeship including Health and Safety, Installation, Inspection and Testing and Fault Diagnosis.    

“The most enjoyable part of my job is seeing the development of each apprentice and knowing I played a part in helping them have a successful career as an electrician,” said Brian, who’s been an assessor for five years.  

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So, what does it take to be an electrical assessor? “To be a great assessor you have to be a people person. You need to make the apprentice feel comfortable and confident during an assessment to ensure they perform at their very best. But you also need to be able to manage your own time and workload as well having good IT skills and be an expert forward-planner.”   

Irish-born Brian completed his apprenticeship in 2000 and moved to England shortly afterwards to pursue a career in the commercial and industrial sector working for big name brands such as BMW and Sainsbury’s.

So why did Brian become an assessor? “I’ve learnt a lot during my career, so I wanted to pass on my knowledge to the next generation of electricians. Also, there’s a bigger side to electrics than just site-based work, you can become a lecturer, assessor or even a quantity surveyor so I decided to challenge myself.”  

And what would be Brian’s advice be to other electricians considering a role as an assessor? “If you’re looking for a rewarding role with high levels of personal satisfaction whilst utilising your electrical expertise, then this is the job for you.”

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