SVQs - information for candidates

SVQ Students Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) tell you exactly what you have to do in a job to do it well. They are based on national standards which are drawn up by people from industry, commerce and education. This means that if you have an SVQ, then you have a way of proving that you can do your job well, to national standards agreed by whatever industry or commercial sector you are in.

SVQs tell employers:

Who can do SVQs?

All kinds of people do SVQs, for example, you might:

What's available?

There are SVQs for nearly all occupations in Scotland, from forestry to IT, management to catering, journalism to construction. And because they are available at five levels of difficulty, you can be sure that there is an SVQ for you — whether you are just starting out or have years of experience. That means that SVQs help you to progress throughout your working years. Try our Accredited Qualification Unit search to find one that might be suitable for you.

What should you do now?

If you are in a job, talk to your boss about SVQs. There may already be a programme set up in your workplace or, if not, your employer can contact our Business Development & Customer Support Team by phone 0303 333 0330  or by completing our contact form to find out more.

We can help to set up SVQ programmes, whether your company employs two people or 2,000. And if you're not working at the moment, you might be able to do an SVQ through a training provider or through an initiative like Skillseekers — contact your local careers office for advice or browse the Learndirect Scotland website for details of SVQ programmes running throughout the country.