Food and Drink

SQA Field to Table

Scotland's global reputation for quality and craftsmanship plays a central role in our Food and Drink production. Premium produce including whisky and seafood are internationally revered, and are central to maintaining Scotland's high profile abroad.

Generating annual sales of around £7.5 billion, the industry directly employs over 45,000 people, with a further 75,000 people indirectly working in supply chain roles. So it's no surprise that this is one of the Scottish Government's key sectors.

SQA's Food and Drink qualifications focus on workforce skills and knowledge in the areas that count. Areas like Food and Drink Manufacture, Bakery, and Health and Food Technology. All of our qualifications are quality-assured, industry-specific, and provide the skills needed for success.


For more information about qualifications in the Food and Drink sector, please click on the button below.


Food and Drink qualifications

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) meat voucher scheme

QMS will be offering their meat voucher scheme again in session 2013/14. The voucher entitles schools up to £100 worth of red meat products from their local QMS affiliated butcher.

For more information on QMS’s services, please go to their website Scotland (QMS) — meat voucher scheme or contact Jennifer Robertson, Health and Education Coordinator by e-mail:

SQA serves up new alcohol licensing qualifications

SQA has launched two revised and one new alcohol licensing qualifications aimed at personal licence holders and their staff to enable them to comply with the requirements of the Alcohol (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Alcohol etc (Scotland) Act 2010: alcohol qualifications information

Spirits Industry Vocational Qualification (SIVQ)

This qualification can only be offered by members of the Scotch Whisky Association.

The Spirits Industry Vocational Qualification (SIVQ) is a competence-based qualification that has been developed and endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Association and is awarded by SQA. It assesses the skills and knowledge you need to perform your job role effectively. It has been tailored to meet the skill needs of the spirit industry.

Claire Simpson, Administrator, Scottish Meat Training

QuoteI have found SQA to be very approachable. Each time I have a query it has been acted on efficiently and quickly. Employers that we work with in the meat industry recognise the SVQ awards and are happy for us to deliver these qualifications.

SQA registration and certification is very easy to do and very reliable. There is no guessing when registrations will be approved or certification completed as it is done on a very regular basis.Quote