Introduction to Work Place Skills (IWPS)

Teacher showing computerIntroduction to Work Place Skills (IWPS) is a qualification for people who are preparing for work but who need some support to develop core and employability skills. It includes an employer assessed work experience placement of 150 hours. They can then progress on to other qualifications, such as the Certificate of Work Readiness, further training, education or employment.

Introduction to Workplace Skills is a qualification owned by SDS and certificated by SQA. It comprises of SQA Core skills units and the SDS Customised Unit; Practical Work Place Skills: First Step. The customised unit forms a structured framework around the delivery of work experience.

Introduction to Work Place Skills GN19 04

Unit SCQF Level SCQF Credit Points
SDS Customised Unit: Practical Work Place Skills: First Steps 3 15
Communication: (NQ or Workbased) 3 6
ICT (NQ or Workbased) 3 6
Numeracy: (NQ or Workbased) 3 6
  33 Credit points

Skills Development LogoThe award has been SCQF credit rated and levelled at SCQF level 3 and it is suitable for delivery within Stage 2 of the SDS Employability Fund and through a variety of national or local programmes on The Employability Pipeline.

What makes it different?

Introduction to Workplace Skills allows individuals to become equipped with the skills to address barriers to employment or training. On completion of the qualification individuals will be able to demonstrate the relevant skills, behaviours and attributes required for the work place. 

How does it work?

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers working in partnership with employers.

If your school is interested in taking part and you have the support of your education authority, please get in touch by e-mail at CWR@sds.co.uk.