Waste Operations: Waste Collection Operative

Waste Operations: Waste Collection Operative

The Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Waste Operations have been developed by Energy and Utility Skills and are awarded jointly in Scotland by SQA and the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB).

This qualification is available through employers, colleges or training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan states that: ‘Zero Waste Scotland will develop a programme to support continual improvement in health and safety and workforce skills in the resource management sector’. These SVQs are a key part of the plan, providing and certifying the skills and knowledge of the workforce.

The SVQ 2s in Waste Operations are very flexible qualifications that can be tailored to meet an organisation’s requirements. There are five distinct pathways:

  • Waste Collection Operative
  • Waste Collection Driver
  • Waste Site Operative
  • Waste Team Leader
  • Waste Weighbridge Operator

The SVQ 2 in Waste Operations: Waste Collection Operative at SCQF level 5 can be offered:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • as on-the-job training

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • people of all ages at any stage in their career
  • anyone employed as a waste collection operative and who is involved in the loading and unloading of material

Employed candidates may be working for local authorities, waste management organisations or third sector organisations in Scotland.

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in/knowledge of waste management would be an advantage.

Progression

This SVQ 2 could provide progression to:

  • An HNC/HND in subject or related area, for example, Sustainable Resource Management.
  • SVQ3 Waste Supervisory Management (GF9M 23)
  • Diplomas in Waste Management Operations
  • Employment in the waste management sector, perhaps as a waste collection/refuse operator

Approval

Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as well as any specific requirements of the EU Skills Assessment Strategy which underpins the quality assurance for this SVQ.

How to assess

Assessment may involve a range of assessment methods. The methods of assessment you use should generate sufficient evidence to demonstrate the candidate’s competence. They could include:

  • observation (by the assessor)
  • questions and candidate responses
  • personal statement (produced by the candidate)
  • witness testimony
  • product evidence

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

This Scottish Vocational Qualification in Waste Operations: Waste Collection Operative at SCQF Level 5 consists of 7 mandatory Units and 3 optional Units.

For further information on the structure of this qualification please refer to the qualification structure (146 KB)

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Awarding partnership arrangements

This qualification is jointly awarded with the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB)

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ 2 is part of a Modern Apprenticeship in Sustainable Resource Management.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

GF9G 22 SVQ 2 in Waste Operations: Waste Collection Driver Competency
GF9J 22 SVQ 2 in Waste Operations: Waste Site Operative Competency
GF9L 22 SVQ 2 in Waste Operations: Waste Weighbridge Competency
GF9K 22 SVQ 2 in Waste Operations: Waste Team Leader Competency
GG33 45 SCQF Level 5 Certificate in Principles of Sustainable Resource Management Knowledge
Unit Title SCQF 5
Core Skills: Communication F427 04
Core Skills: Numeracy F42B 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology F42F 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42K 04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42P 04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Overview

The SVQ 2 Waste Operations: Waste Collection Operative at SCQF level 5 consists of seven mandatory Units and three optional Units.

For further information on the structure of this qualification please refer to the qualification structure.

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