Certificate of Work Readiness
The Certificate of Work Readiness is an award designed specifically for young people who are ready for their first experience of the world of work, but need some guided support.
The certificate includes a unique employer assessed “real life” work experience placement, providing a meaningful qualification and a credible standard employers can recognise and trust.
Successful completion of this award offers the young person greatly improved job prospects and transferable skills in self evaluation, planning and goal setting that can be applied to any workplace.
This qualification is available through colleges and training providers working in partnership with employers.
Certificate of Work Readiness launched
Scottish businesses are backing a new employer assessed work-based qualification to help young people prove they are ready for employment. The Certificate of Work Readiness has been developed in partnership with the business community and aims to give unemployed young people the chance to demonstrate the value they bring to the workplace.
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Certificate sets Ricky on the right path
The Certificate for Work Readiness helped 18 year old Ricky McCunnie overcome his lack of confidence and secure a new job.
Lynn Walker, operations manager for cleaning and support services company ISS, said: “Ricky had no confidence at all when he joined us but thanks to the work experience we have given him and the CWR placement, he has completely changed. He did so well, we were keen to keep him on – so we created a role for him.
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Why deliver this qualification
The Certificate in Work Readiness has been developed by Skills Development Scotland and is accredited by SQA, which gives young people the chance to prove they have the skills that employers want.
- Young people will get a minimum of 190 hours work experience with an employer and develop their skills with a Training Provider
- Young people can be supported by a SDS work coach, where required
- A training allowance or Educational Maintenance Allowance may be available.
- The Certificate is made up of 5 SQA units including the customised work experience unit:
- Responsibilities of Employment
- Dealing with work situations
- Personal Development: Self and Work
- Skills for Customer Care
- Skills Development Scotland customised unit: Practical Work Place Skills
- Young people are assessed by the employer at the end of the work placement
Who does this qualification suit
This qualification is targeted at young people:
- aged between 16 – 19
- who have a positive ‘can do’ attitude to get into work
- need to develop extra skills and could benefit from some help in getting and keeping work
Entry is at the discretion of the centre. No prior qualifications or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification.
How long does it take?
- This will be different for every person as the programme is built around their needs, but on average it will take around 12 weeks working 5 days a week
- They will start with 2-3 weeks with a training provider to help them prepare for the work placement
- They will then be with an employer, usually 3½ to 4 days a week
- One day a week they will be with a training provider and/or Work Coach to further develop Employability and Career Management Skills
ProgressionThis qualification has been created to help young people get into work.
Please refer to the SDS conditions of approval document.
Approval can be easily obtained - centres should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.
Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.
How to assess
Please refer to the Arrangements and Structure panel below for assessment requirements.
Where can you take this course?
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Arrangements and Structure
Group Award code: GF0F 04 (34 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 4
As of January 2014 the Certificate of Work Readiness Arrangements document has been updated to include on, Page 14, information about Equality and Inclusion.
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Certificate in Work Readiness
Candidate and Centre Support Materials
Secure content to assist with the delivery of this qualification is available on SQA's Secure website. For access to this service, please speak to your SQA Co-ordinator.
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