SQA, VMware and Adam Smith College – Working Together


Pictured L-R are: Joe Wilson, SQA Head of New Ventures; Dave Nelson, VMware IT Academy Program Director; Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive and Keith Noble, Cisco Academy Specialist at Adam Smith College.


The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has signed a new agreement with an American IT company and a Scottish college to develop qualifications that will keep Scottish learners at the forefront of computing technology.

SQA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with VMware Incorporated, a California based IT company that specialises in virtualisation and cloud computing, to develop new computing and ICT qualifications that will give Scottish learners access to cutting-edge vocational skills.

As part of the agreement, SQA is also working with Adam Smith College in Fife as the national Scottish cascade centre to work in partnership with VMware, shaping the development of virtualisation and cloud computing skills across the Scottish further education sector and promoting VMware certification within SQA’s qualifications portfolio.

The partnership with VMware and Adam Smith College was set up via SQA’s Digital media and ICT Vendor Alliance (DIVA) programme. 

The programme is designed to expand and enrich ICT and digital media qualifications in Scotland, in particular Higher National qualifications, by fostering collaboration with the global ICT and digital media industry. 

The aim of the programme is to give Scottish learners access within mainstream curriculum to industry-led vocational qualifications aligned to the needs of the workplace, in order to support employability.

 Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for several very strong, focussed organisations to come together and take some great steps forward.  The initial outputs of our partnership with VMware and Adam Smith College will be to develop Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework levelled qualifications and relevant VMware certification with an eventual target of having at least ten Scottish colleges delivering a range of VMware Certification Programmes by August 2014.”
Dave Nelson, VMware IT Academy Program Director, Strategy and Enablement, said: “We are extremely pleased to be working with SQA on this exciting project.  Having the support of SQA, and the leadership of Keith Noble and his team at Adam Smith College, will ensure the success of introducing students to VMware technologies and equip them with VMware technical skills to complement their chosen fields of study.  By adopting this program, academic institutions can enable their students to obtain the VMware Certified Professional status and other VMware certifications.”

Keith Noble, Cisco Academy Specialist at Adam Smith College, said: “Staff and students at Adam Smith are delighted the college is working with SQA as a national cascade centre for VMware. Virtualisation and Cloud technologies are arguably the most important issue for IT departments in all organisations today.  This is truly a win-win-win partnership.

“As educators we gain access to state of the art technologies at a sustainable cost while students across Scotland learn vital skills which will enhance their employment prospects.  Employers benefit too from the leading edge skills available through VMware as they strive to reduce IT costs and increase their business agility.”