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 SQA’s 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:
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:
- a structured and robust training programme to nominees, team leaders, senior team leaders and principal verifiers to support the approach to quality sssurance — approximately 1,400. nominees/appointees undertook this training, and over 1,000 took part in quality assurance
- e-marking training for 400 principal assessors, senior team leaders and team leaders in preparation for 2015 marking activities
- a series of structured training events to support 70 newly appointed chief invigilators for 2016 examinations
- training for 50 external verifiers to support their achievement of the External Verifier Award, ensuring we support our centres with fully trained and knowledgeable external verifiers