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Skills Scan – Experienced Worker Assessment

The Skills Scan is designed to help you decide whether the Experienced Worker Assessment (EWA) is right for you.

To pass the EWA you will need to demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge and practical skills covering all the areas listed in the Skills Scan.

Be honest with yourself when completing it – if you cannot confidently tick “Adequate” as a minimum for every statement in terms of both Knowledge and Practical Experience, it’s highly unlikely that you will be able to provide the evidence required to pass the EWA.

Completing the Skills Scan

This document can either be printed out and completed in hard copy, or alternatively you can edit it and complete it online via Acrobat Reader. To do this you’ll need the most up to date version of Acrobat Reader and will need to save the Skills Scan onto your computer or device before you start to complete it, rather than editing it in the web browser window.

On mobile you’ll need to search for and download the Acrobat Reader app and open the documents within the app to edit them.

Understanding the Results

I’ve ticked Adequate in all, or nearly all, of the boxes

  • This suggests the EWA is right for you.
  • Think about the boxes where you can’t tick Adequate – if the gaps are around Knowledge, you may be able to do some self-study or training to top up. If the gap is in terms of Practical Experience, think about whether there are options within your current role to cover these areas.
  • You should now complete the Candidate Background form (download in the section above) and choose a training provider
  • It’s important that you give a copy of the Skills Scan to the training provider. They will need to discuss it with you so that they can agree the level of support you will require in order to complete the EWA – the cost of the EWA will vary according to the support required.
  • They will also review any existing qualifications you hold which could count towards the EWA qualification.

I have quite a few gaps around knowledge 

  • You might need to undertake some further training or study in order to fill these.
  • If you’re not sure what would be required, talk to a training provider.
  • Make sure that any recommended training or qualifications can be recognised as meeting the EWA requirements. A list of accepted qualifications is contained within the Skills Scan.
  • If the Knowledge gaps are significant, and you also need additional practical experience which is likely to take at least 12 months to obtain, you should consider enrolling on an apprenticeship. There are no age restrictions and any training and the cost of the end assessment will be funded. You can find more details on the Electrical Careers website.

I have quite a few gaps around practical experience:

  • If it’s likely to take at least 12 months to obtain sufficient practical experience, you should consider enrolling on an apprenticeship. There are no age restrictions and any training and the cost of the end assessment will be funded. You can find more details on the Electrical Careers website.
  • If you don’t meet the requirements for an apprenticeship, think about whether it’s possible to gain the experience by taking on different tasks within your work.
  • If you’re employed, talk to your employer about possible options. If you’re self-employed, consider whether it’s possible to broaden the work you undertake to fill the gaps.

Next Steps

Once you’ve completed the Skills Scan, save the document – if you wish to register on the EWA you will need it for the discussion with a training provider. If the EWA isn’t the right route for you, it provides a useful record of the gaps you will need to fill if you intend to take the EWA in the future.