Our people

Being a Modern Apprentice at SQA

In March 2016, we began recruiting for our fifth intake of Modern Apprentices, targeting young people from our local communities in Glasgow and Midlothian and giving them the opportunity to apply for a place in our Pathway Apprenticeship programme.

Our Modern Apprentices have the opportunity to complete a Scottish Vocational Qualification (Level 3) in Business and Administration, and a Higher National Certificate in Administration and IT at a local college during their employment.

Earning while learning

Among those featured in the film is Sean Gartland. Sean was our first Modern Apprentice to be offered a permanent position after completing his training, and now works as a Customer Service Operator within the Business Development Customer Service Team.

Sean said: I was told about SQAs Modern Apprenticeship scheme by my careers advisor at school. I thought it sounded like an interesting opportunity, and when I was told that I would be able to study for an HNC at college and towards an SVQ while I was working, I knew it was something I wanted to do.

Maidie Cahill, Director of Corporate Services at SQA, said: We have been a proud supporter of Scottish Apprenticeship Week for a number of years, and since 2012 we have recruited 15 young people to work at our sites in Glasgow and Dalkeith.

Appointees and nominees

Around 18,000 teaching professionals covered 23,000 appointee/nominee roles, to support SQA operations during 2015-16.

Their professional input continues to define and support the development, assessment and quality assurance of our qualifications. Here are some of the various appointee roles:

View some nominees chat about their role

Continuing professional development (CPD)

We are committed to delivering training programmes and CPD to ensure appointees and nominees are fully equipped to undertake the various roles to support our activities, their schools, local authorities, and candidates.

In 2015-16, we delivered: