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Connecting With SQA - SQA's Monthly E-zine.

24 April 2008
Issue 26


Nominate your stars today....

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After our very successful inaugural star awards last year, we are delighted to announce that the 2008 event will be held in November in Glasgow. The ceremony will be hosted by TV personality Kaye Adams.

The star awards are a unique way to celebrate the success, triumph, achievement and recognition of the best in Scottish education and training. This year, we have streamlined the nomination process and with the environment in mind, nominations can only be made on our website.

Nominations are now open for the following categories:

So tell us about your stars - nominate them today!!


Do you have a group of talented students who are keen to perform? We want to hear from you.

Each year, we have a selection of performances that help to add sparkle to the ceremony. Last year we were entertained by two dance groups and a traditional band and we are again looking for entertainment acts for this year's event.

If you are interested in auditioning for us, please e-mail Rosemary Mooney 

Nominate your stars today.

E-competence energy

PHOTO: David Adcock, SQA Business Development Manager for Oil and Gas
We are delighted to announce the launch of an innovative internet-based system designed to help ensure sustainable capability in the energy industry by verifying workers’ competence.

E-competence Energy has been created by Aberdeen-based IT firm Tycom in partnership with us, and is the result of years of research and development.

The electronic portfolio, or e-portfolio, has been designed to speed up work-based assessments of oil and gas-related Qualifications and Competency schemes, by reducing the need for paper based evidence.

The database can be accessed by employees, their employers and SQA assessors and verifiers.

The innovative system also encourages continuous personal development and allows employers and contractors to keep an up-to-date record of all their documentation and certificates.

David Adcock, our Business Development Project Manager (Oil and Gas) said: 'This is a comprehensive and robust system with huge potential for the energy sector which has been delivered through partnership between the Scottish public and private sectors.'

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Find out more about Oil and Gas qualifications.

Solar - Update to System


The systems used in Solar have just been updated to improve the quality of the service provided to colleges and learners alike.

I hope you have had time to visit our newly-updated Solar website. If you have any suggestions for improvements regarding SecureAssess, the website, or you would like  to get involved with question development, then please use the feedback form on the website.

Full details of these improvements in the Solar authoring and delivery systems will be provided on the Solar website in due course.  If you would like to know more about any aspect of Solar and how you can be part of it, then contact Joan Morris (0845 213 5405).

Take a look.


BANNER: Oil and Gas

We used Getenergy 2008, the annual global education and training exhibition and conference, to launch the first of a suite of International Vocational Awards (IVAs) developed to meet the needs of the international oil and gas industry.

Designed to provide a qualification that is internationally recognised as a product of quality and integrity, the IVA structure is flexible to allow the content of the qualification to be tailored to the industry workforce development needs, such as:

• entirely vocational knowledge and understanding suitable for use in college, technical institute or training centre

• entirely occupational skills development for use in the work place

• combination of occupational skills together with associated vocational knowledge and understanding

This first IVA in Hydrocarbon Process Operations, at SCQF level 5, provides certification for the knowledge and understanding in the S/NVQ level 2 in Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons. Significant interest in this qualification is already being strongly expressed shown from global companies operating across the Middle East, in Africa and the Americas.

For further details contact the Oil and Gas Team

For more information.

NQ Refreshed Core Skills

PHOTO: DelegatesThe refreshed NQ Core Skills were launched in March. We would like to thank customers for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend and give feedback on our new style NQ Units.

The Units have now been validated and will be ready for first candidate entry in August 2008 and first certification in October 2008.  All the Core Skills Units, including the smaller NQ Units in Communication and Numeracy at SCQF 2 and 3 and the relevant Assessment Support Packs will be available on our website from the end of May 2008.  The final drafts of all the Core Skills Units and sample Assessment Support Packs will be remain available on SQA Academy until they are passed over to our main webpages at the end of May.

For more information contact the Core Skills team.

IMAGE: Core Skills

Find out more about Core Skills.

Ministerial Approval of our new Corporate and Business Plan 2008-11

In consultation with our staff and stakeholders we have reviewed our strategy and developed our Corporate and Business Plan for 2008-11, which has recently received Ministerial approval.

Our Plan sets out our strategic objectives for the next three years. These objectives reflect our commitment to delivering our statutory obligations and our view of how SQA's qualifications and services should be developed to meet changing customer needs, to deliver quality and ensure best value for the learners and economy of Scotland.

View the Corporate Plan.

New SVQs to boost food and drink industry

Efforts to revolutionise skills training in Scotland’s £7.6 billion food and drink processing industry received a further boost with the recent launch of a new suite of SVQs in Food and PHOTO: Andrew Harper (Macphie of Glenbervie), Garry Allan (Motherwell College), Ken Laurie (Grampian Country Food Group), Elaine Snell (SQA) and Gordon Rodgers (SQA)Drink Manufacture qualifications.

The new SVQs are now be available to the majority of employees in the food and drink industry. More people gaining SVQs will result in a higher base-level of skills in the workplace and a greater degree of personal satisfaction among workers, both of which will help drive productivity and profitability. There are plans to make food and drink a £10 billion industry by 2017, and improving skills is a key part of the strategy.”

The new SVQs are significantly more flexible and can be adapted to suit all job roles. We now offer nine ‘pathways’ to gaining an SVQ in Food Manufacture at three levels:

The successful launch event, held recently in Dundee, included delegates from a wide range of training providers, colleges, employers and other stakeholders such as SAMB, REHIS, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers.  To help celebrate the launch, key speakers included Andrew Harper of Macphie of Glenbervie, Garry Allan of Motherwell College and Ken Laurie of Grampian Country Food Group.

SQA business manager Gordon Rodgers said: “The food and drink industry is very important not only to Scotland’s economy but also to Scotland’s culture. It is essential for SQA to support the food and drink sector through our engagement with Improve and with employers, colleges and schools to develop flexible awards that respond to both the current and the future skills needs of this sector.  I am therefore delighted to launch the new SVQs in Food Manufacture.”

For further information please contact:
Elaine Snell - 0845 213 5440 email:
Margo Sykes - 0845 213 5438 email:

For more information.

Supporting translation of skills and qualifications

We are keen to support the promotion of Scotland as a place to live and work and recognise the value of migrant workers to Scotland’s economy and the skills of its workforce. As part of this commitment, last year we produced a ready-reckoner to help employers, enterprise companies, careers advisers, employment agencies and vocational education and training providers to gain a basic understanding of Polish education and qualifications and how they relate to Scottish qualifications.

Our guide focuses primarily on the different kinds of secondary school qualifications, where the concept of 'secondary school' in Poland is wider than in Scotland and includes the delivery of qualifications which we would normally associate with Further Education. The majority of Polish nationals seeking employment in Scotland will be in possession of one or more of these qualifications. As well as supporting employers and training providers, migrant workers should also benefit from a wider understanding of how their qualifications compare with Scottish ones so that they can seek entry to training or employment at the appropriate level.

We have kept our stakeholders updated on this work, including Local Councils, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Careers Scotland, Citizen Advice Bureaus and Polish organisations based in Scotland. Feedback from users has been very positive to date and we are keen to disseminate this further. Together with the SCQF Partnership, we are currently discussing how best to build on this work during 2008-2009. There is considerable interest in providing more detailed mapping with specific countries to aid mobility and enhance employer and employee decision making.

Read our guide to Polish qualifications.

PC Passport Guide

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PC Passport is one of the fastest growing qualifications in Scotland attracting over 20,000 candidates annually.

We have created a guide to credit arrangements for PC Passport. These arrangements cover centres and candidates who may be undertaking the existing version of PC Passport, who wish to obtain credit for Units in the refreshed version of PC Passport.

Please note that registration of candidates for the existing version of PC Passport will only be accepted until July 2008. Candidates cannot be registered for the existing version of PC Passport after 31 July 2008.

Registered candidates of the existing version have until July 2009 to complete the award and centres should consult the credit transfer document to find out arrangements for gaining credit into the refreshed version of PC Passport.

The refreshed version of PC Passport also recognises industry qualifications and arrangements have been made to facilitate recognition of Certiport’s IC3 and Microsoft Office Specialist certifications for all versions of Microsoft Office.

Please note that only the full vendor exam pass certificate will be accepted. Examples of these can be found under the Entering candidates section on the PC Passport website.

PC Passport Summary guides for credit transfer together with the full detailed credit transfer document can be found on our website under the credit transfer arrangements section on the left hand side.

Contact your local SQA centre to find out more.

Find out more.

Internet Safety

IMAGE: Internet Safety
Following publication of the Byron Review there has been increased concern in the press over Internet Safety.

If you need a formal vehicle to reinforce the importance of internet safety for any group of learners please remember that there are SQA Units that cover Internet Safety and Social Software, the only qualifications of their kind in the UK. These awards are currently being delivered in a wide range of centres to increasing numbers of candidates - from S1 students to pensioners, including every police cadet in Strathclyde. 

The Internet Safety qualification consists of a single Unit, Internet Safety, at SCQF level 4 (Intermediate 1). It is assessed in two ways: through a multiple choice covering theory, such as the meaning of words or how to avoid certain threats. And via a diary showing what students do on-line and how they can protect themselves.

BT, the BBC, Learning and Teaching Scotland, Scottish Libraries Information Council, and child protection agencies were among those that advised on content of this Unit and it comes supported by on-line content and assessments. It can even be completed on a mobile phone!

If you feel your learners would benefit from access to this programme or need more advice from us on our provision in this area please contact Caroline Douglas.

Botswana - New contract signed

We have been working in partnership with the Ministry of Education in Botswana since 1999.  The partnership PHOTO: Students from Botswanasupports the development, implementation and awarding of the Botswana Technical Education Programmes (BTEPs) which are offered in six colleges (soon to be seven) in Botswana.  Many SQA staff, External Verifiers and consultants have supported this partnership over the years through short-term consultancy inputs.  This model has worked well to provide colleagues in Botswana with the required support for the development and awarding of the BTEPs.

We recently signed a new contract for the Phase 3 Project with the Ministry of Education in Botswana ensuring another three years of collaborative working.   

We also endorse the certificates awarded by the awarding body in Botswana subject to a rigorous audit which is carried out by an SQA Auditor.  The Seventh Annual Endorsement Audit was carried out in March 2008 and will ensure endorsement of BTEP certificates for the coming year.

As a mark of our commitment to the project, we sponsor annual prizes in the form of quaichs for the best student from each college in Botswana.  These are awarded at the annual Graduation Ceremony in Botswana each November.  The photograph shows students with their SQA quaichs from the November 2007 Graduation Ceremony which took place in Jawneng College, Botswana.

For further information on the Botswana Project, call the International Consultancy Team on 0845 213 5411

Find out more about SQA International.

Scottish Learning Festival

PHOTO: Delegates at 2007 Scottish Learning FestivalPHOTO: Delegates at 2007 Scottish Learning Festival
Make a note in your diary. Registration for the Scottish Learning Festival 2008 opens on Monday 21 April.

The Scottish Learning Festival - the annual national education conference and exhibition for education - takes place on 24 and 25 September at the SECC and Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow.

The main theme of this year’s event is Curriculum for Excellence with a focus on outcomes and experiential learning and innovation in the curriculum. Underpinning the main theme is Glow, the national education intranet currently being rolled out across Scotland.

Free to all educationalists, the festival hosts a combination of stimulating keynote addresses, spotlight sessions and over 170 seminars, together with the largest education resources exhibition in Scotland and much more.

Keynote speakers for 2008 include:

In addition to the online conference programme available from Monday 21 April, look out for the Official Conference Guide that will be posted to all education establishments across Scotland in late April.

Remember, don't wait to register for seminars. Many seminars are fully subscribed before the summer holidays.

All pre-registered visitors will be sent their visitor badge, any seminar tickets and the Scottish Learning Festival News booklet three weeks before the festival opens.

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To register for all the latest festival information.

Curriculum for Excellence Action Research Projects @ the Scottish Learning Festival

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The Scottish Learning Festival will provide a unique opportunity to hear from practitioners about their experiences in taking forward thinking around Curriculum for Excellence, through five linked Action Research projects. The five teacher/lecturer led projects, situated in Anniesland College; Dollar Academy; St Luke's High School, Barrhead; St Margaret's Academy, Livingston; and Trinity Academy, Edinburgh, have given them the opportunity to explore approaches to learning, assessment and qualifications across the curriculum and three of the five have Core Skills as the main development vehicle.

Find out more about Curriculum for Excellence.

ScotEdu Blogs

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The ScotEduBlogs website is an open source effort by teachers in Scotland to aggregate and redistribute the postings by Scottish educational bloggers of all shapes, ages and sizes. Over the last year ScotEduBlogs has become a more than once a week read for many staff in SQA. The service recently moved on to a new server, supported by SQA and Learning and Teaching Scotland.

If you are a Scots Educational blogger you can do your bit to support ScotEduBlogs too:

If you are setting up or running a Scottish Educational Blog you should add it to the ScotEduBlogs Directory.

As well as just reading the front page, ScotsEduBlogs can be used in lots of other ways:

Many  staff follow Scotedublogs and use it as a great source of information on developments across the Scottish Education Sector. You can use a variety of feedreaders. I use a service called bloglines  to read feeds from this site and a range of others.

If you are new to Really Simple Syndication (RSS) do a Google Search for RSS In Plain English and you should find a very simple Video Clip that takes you through the process of setting up a feed reader and subscribing to content that is relevant to you.

As there are more and more ScotEduBloggers, ScotEduBlogs will become more and more useful as a learning tool, enabling you to get ideas that you might not pick up through your favourite feeds.

Port Operations and Supervision of Port Operations SVQs

SVQs for Port Operations and Supervision of Port Operations were introduced by SQA in 2006 based on National Occupational Standards developed by Port Skills and Safety Limited (PSSL). The new suite of SVQs actively replaced the old Stevedoring Level 2 award and the revised awards have been formally accredited until 31 July 2011.

The SVQs are intended for people in the port industry, for example, port operators/operatives, general, marine, passenger or leisure port operatives, charge hands, team leaders or supervisors. You will require plant skills, for example use of fork lift trucks, cranes, mechanical shovels and be competent in utilising a range of lifting equipment e.g. slings, shackles, or skills relating to the safe handling of vessels in and out of the port, or the ability to handle passenger movements or general supervisory skills when managing people and resources within a hazardous industrial environment.  Knowledge of the port environment, relevant health and safety regulations, security requirements and the ability to apply your knowledge of Company Policy and Procedure is also necessary.

The Ports SVQs that are available are:

If you would be interested in finding out more about the awards, or indeed, would be interested in offering them via your centre or work-place, please contact Liam Priest

Find out more.

Leadership and Management for Care Services SVQs

From 1 April 2008,  the SVQ Leadership and Management for Care Services (LMC) level 4 is available for centres to deliver. This qualification reflects current practice and legislation and therefore supersedes the Registered Manager Award (RMA) in Health and Social Care and the Manager in Residential Childcare Award from. Three  joint launch events will be held in April across Scotland, which will allow you to familiarise yourselves with the new National Occupational Standards (NOS) and the qualification itself.  This will also provide an opportunity to put any questions to the Scottish Social Services Council and Care Scotland, SQA.

For more information about the qualification and launch dates.

SVQs in wholesaling and storage and logistics

The following SVQs entered their lapsing period on the 31 March 2008: 

Effectively this means that currently approved centres can no longer enter candidates after this date. However they will have a completion period for candidates already entered (2 years for the Level 1 and 2 award and 3 years for the Level 3).
As you may already be aware, Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council for this sector, developed revised National Occupational Standards, rationalising the current standards to produce streamlined structures for a suite of new awards. We are pleased to announce that we successfully accredited these new SVQs in March and they are available for centres from the 1 April 2008 until April 2012.  The awards are:

To assist you in the transition from the old awards to the new suite of SVQs we intend to hold a Networking Launch Event which will take place on Wednesday 30 April in Glasgow.
This event will focus primarily on providing a support mechanism to those of you who are already approved to offer the old awards and who will be moving to the new SVQs but is also for any new centres who are looking to start working with the new qualifications. It will also allow us to showcase the new suite of qualifications to you. 
External Verifiers with experience of the SVQs will be present on the day to discuss any issues that centres may have and we will be looking towards having some workshops to discuss certain issues regarding the SVQs and the standards they are derived from.
A full set of assessment guidance has also been produced to assist assessors working with the SVQs and these will form part of the event's discussion topics. 
If you think this event would be of interest to you please contact Liam Priest for a registration form.  The Information Sheets and structures for the SVQs can also be made available on request.

Find out more.

SVQs in Supply Chain Management

We currently offer a suite of SVQs in Supply Chain Management at four different levels:

Supply Chain Management (SCM) is about managing the flow of information, materials, services and money across any activity, in a way which maximises the effectiveness of the process.
The SVQs in Supply Chain Management are intended for people in the Supply Chain, be it large or small.
The third support and networking meeting for the SVQs in SCM will take place on Friday 9 May in a venue in Glasgow.
This event will focus primarily on how centres are working with the National Occupational Standards for Supply Chain Management and our main aim is to provide a support mechanism to centres who are already approved to offer the awards but also for any new centres who are looking to start working with them.
External Verifiers for the SCM SVQs will be present on the day to discuss any issues that you may have and we will be looking towards having some workshops to discuss certain issues regarding the SVQs and the standards they are derived from.
If you think this event would be of interest to you please contact Liam Priest for a registration form.  The Information Sheets and structures for the SVQs can also be made available on request as can a full set of Assessment Guidance for the awards.

Find out more.

Scottish Council for Development and Industry Annual Conference

PHOTO: Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister
SCDI's Annual Conference, which took place recently, is widely regarded as the key policy and networking event in Scotland's corporate calendar, with 300 leading representatives from business, trade unions, academia, the churches and civic Scotland debating and discussing the big challenges facing Scotland's economy.

This year's event was on the theme of skills development, examining the relationship between investment in education and skills, and the consequent impact on productivity and performance.  Delegates heard a series of presentations about how Scotland can harness the power of its current and future workforce, and had their chance to question speakers such as First Minister Alex Salmond.

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown attended the conference and led a breakout session on 'Demand Led Qualifications - Exploring Ways to Increase Engagement with Industry'.

Work has already begun on next year's agenda, and you can rest assured that the 2009 Conference will once again make a strong and meaningful contribution to the debate on Scotland's economic development.
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Find out more about the day.

Stamp out Sectarianism DVD

IMAGE: Stamp out Sectarianism DVD Cover

Stamp out Sectarianism is a unique documentary initiative undertaken by Anniesland College Prince’s Trust Team 29.

The short film was produced by a group of young adults aged 16-25, working in partnership with the Education and Access team at the Museum of Transport in Glasgow. The team comprised students from a wide range of challenging backgrounds including those with literacy and numeracy difficulties.

The team were particularly concerned about how to promote positive social change. They decided to focus on raising awareness against Sectarianism in Scotland from their perspective and using their words and experience. To find out more, they collaborated with a number of organisations including the Old Firm Alliance and Nil by Mouth. They joined forces with Glasgow Wide, the issue-based gallery to produce the DVD.

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Find out more.

Show Racism the Red Card Schools Art Competition

PHOTO: Banchory Academy receive their prize from EIS President Kirsty Devaney, Scotland National Team Manager George Burley and Chief Executive of Scottish Football Association Gordon SmithWe are pleased to support Show Racism the Red Card. On Wednesday 19 March, Show Racism the Red Card, in partnership with The Educational Institute of Scotland, held their annual Schools Competition Prize Giving at Hampden Park. Now in its 6th year, the anti-racist schools’ art competition is one of the highlights of the Show Racism the Red Card Campaign. It is open to all schools in Scotland, both primary and secondary.

The theme of this year's competition was ‘Welcoming New Scots – Challenge Racism and Celebrate Diversity.’ Winning schools were joined by professional footballers and BBC sports pundit Jim Duffy at the prize ceremony.

The overall National winner was Sylvie Clark from Banchory Academy in Aberdeenshire. She was joined by her classmates as she was presented with a £1000 prize for her school.

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For more information about the Show the Racism the Red Card Campaign.

Borders Adult Learners' Awards

PHOTO: Karen Maughan receiving the award from John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth
Now in our fifth year of sponsorship, we are delighted to announce that the winner of the SQA Award at the recent Borders Adult Learners' Awards, was Karen Maughan. Karen was presented with her Award by John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth.

Following a successful 16 year career with the Royal Bank of Scotland, during this time coping with deteriorating eye sight, Karen took the tough decision that she could no longer continue in banking and began to look for a completely new career direction.  Moving to Galashiels with her young son, Karen contacted Borders College seeking advice about the various counselling courses on offer.

She commenced her COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills and was clearly a great asset to the group.  During this time her sight continued to deteriorate however through this course she decided that counselling was the new career for her and she joined the new HNC course in Counselling. 

During the course Karen was living with a very poor prognosis for her long term sight.  She attended college on a regular basis and through the support available in College was able to have all her assessments and course materials adapted so that she was able to take a full and valid part in her various classes.

During the 2nd year of her course she suffered a major bereavement and shortly after this was diagnosed with cancer herself.  She also suffered a fractured femur whilst at the same time being a single, full time carer for her young son.

Despite all of this Karen has successful completed the HNC in Counselling and has now been offered a place on the Masters MSc in Counselling at Edinburgh University. 

Karen has continued to have a very positive attitude and was an inspiration to fellow students and lecturing staff.
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Moray Science Festival

PHOTO: School children at the Moray Science Festival
The 14th annual Moray Science festival took place in March at Moray College in Elgin. 

Over 2,000 school children across Moray participated in an eclectic range of hands-on science workshops learning how to make ‘elephant toothpaste’ and how stage a volcanic eruption using a plastic bottle, plasticine and some chemicals. The programme also included demonstrations and lectures related to physics, chemistry and biology.

Children seemed to really enjoy the festival and Curriculum leader for Science Moria Currie said she was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown by the participants.

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For more information about the 2008 Festival.

Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards

PHOTO: MD of MCS with Labour MP David CairnsThe Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards (SOAA) is an annual competition, held since 1984, to showcase the world-class achievements in this sector. Scotland’s oil and gas industry has an outstanding reputation for innovation and excellence. These awards recognise and pay tribute to the companies leading the industry. They are designed to pay tribute to companies in the energy industry in recognition of their collective and individual corporate achievement. With more than 2,000 Scottish companies active in the offshore sector, ranging from service providers to software designers, there is always very strong competition.

We are delighted to have sponsored one of the most coveted oil and gas awards, the ‘Internationalisation of Scottish Awards’. The award rewards companies in the oil and gas sector who have effectively taken Scottish skills and applied them abroad in order to enter or increase business in the new market. This years ‘Internationalisation of Scottish Skills’ was won by MCS.
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Find out more about our Oil and Gas qualifications.

National Youth Worker of the Year Awards

PHOTO: Lifetime Achievement award winner Alan Small being presented with his award by Adam Ingram MSP, Minister for Children and Young People and Joe Wilson, SQA Business ManagerPHOTO: Lifetime Achievement award winner, Malcolm McArthur being presented with his award by Adam Ingram MSP, Minister for Children and Young People and Joe Wilson, SQA Business Manager

For the first time ever and to conclude the Year of Action, YouthLink Scotland held a Youth Work Awards ceremony recently at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. The awards celebrated and recognised outstanding service and performance by managers, youth workers and peer educators in the youth work field. Each category had three finalists, with gold, silver and bronze awards being given. There was also an overall Youth Worker of the Year chosen from the category winners.

We are delighted to have sponsored two of the four 'Lifetime Achievement' Awards, to  Alan Small and Malcolm McArthur. The 'Lifetime Achievement' awards, recognise the tremendous contribution over many years made by Alan and Malcolm in the Youth Work field to the development of Scotland's young people. The winners were also awarded the Fellowship of Youthlink Scotland. Alan and Malcolm were presented with their award by Adam Ingram MSP, Minister for Children and Young People and SQA Business Manager, Joe Wilson.

Alan Small has been a well known face in Scottish Education and in Youth  Work in particular for forty years. In his time as an HMI he was partly responsible for producing the 1980s report on Youth Work in Scotland which was influential in setting out the nature and purpose of Youth Work for the next 20 years. Now retired, Alan continues to help volunteer groups.

Malcolm McArthur has for over 30 years introduced young people to the joys and thrills of sailing, using this as a means for delivering developmental youth work. He is responsible for putting hundreds of young people through their sailing qualifications and has recently qualified as an RYA Examiner. Now retired, Malcolm is a full time volunteer with Ocean Youth Trust.
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Find out more about Youthlink Scotland.

Staff Branch out!

PHOTO: Spades

PHOTO: Staff watching a demonstration

If you had gone down to the woods on Wednesday 26 March, you would have been sure of a big surprise… by coming across the sight of a number of SQA staff doing their bit for the environment.

During the afternoon, volunteers planted nearly a thousand trees - Oak, Alder, Scots Pine, Willow and Silver Birch - at Bonnywood, near Falkirk, part of the Central Scotland Forest, one of the results of a recent informal environmental awareness project held within SQA. 

Our staff are becoming increasingly aware that the organisation helps to consume a fair number of trees via the amount of paper used in our work, and the feeling has grown that tree-planting would be a great way to put something back into the woodland.  The cost of the afternoon was funded by some of the savings we have made recently through environmental awareness activities, such as double-sided printing.

Chief Executive Dr Janet Brown, was one of the willing tree-planters and she said, 'in helping to raise environmental awareness, we particularly wanted to do something that would involve our staff from both Glasgow and Dalkeith in a fun way.  We will now be reinforcing all the little bits we can do to help the environment as we work through a number of awareness-raising campaigns'.

For more information about the Central Forest Trust.

Project Ability Exhibitions

LOGO: Project AbilityProject Ability is a Glasgow based arts organsiation that works with young people and adults with learning disabilities PHOTO: Project Ability Gallery spaceand people with mental health problems.  They would like to issue an open invitiation to their forthcoming exhibitions:

The exhibitions are open from Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm from 7 April - 30 May (excluding bank holidays).

Find out more about the exhibitions.