Certificate of Work Readiness

ClassroomThe 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.

Skills Development LogoSuccessful 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.

Case Studies

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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.

Read more success stories.

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

Access

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

Progression

This qualification has been created to help young people get into work.

Approval

How to assess

Please refer to the Arrangements and Structure panel below for assessment requirements.

Qualification content and delivery tools

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.

Title of Qualification/ Learning Programme SCQF Level SCQF Credit Points Period of Credit Rating From: Period of Credit Rating To:

Certificate in Work Readiness

4

34

28/05/2012

31/05/2017

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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