This year sees the 25th anniversary of Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) — the workplace qualification.
How significant is the 25th anniversary of SVQs?
- The 25th anniversary of SVQs is testament to the stability and consensus of the vocational skills system in Scotland — from the first SVQ in 1990 in Agriculture to our latest one from May 2015 in Built Environment Design and Consultancy Practice.
- For a vocational qualification to provide employers and employees with what they need to succeed for 25 years — when jobs, industries and society itself has changed so much in that time — it shows it works.
What have SVQs achieved?
- First and foremost, thousands of people right across Scotland and in all types of business have built their working lives thanks to SVQs. They help give people confidence they can do a job well, and this in turn gives employers confidence.
- They are rooted in the workplace and are inherently practical.
How important has SQA’s role been?
- SQA is an organisation with two distinct roles.
- SQA Accreditation acts as a regulator for SVQs, ensuring their standard and quality.
- SQA Awarding plays a vital role in ensuring Scotland has the range of provision it needs. We offer over 500 SVQs from engineering to retail and from fashion to youth work.
What does the future hold for the SVQ?
- More businesses are seeing training for their workforce as an investment and SVQs can be an integral part of their development strategy.
- SVQs are key part of Scotland's suite of Modern Apprenticeships. These will definitely continue to be a key way of getting people into skilled and meaningful employment.