Introduction to Work Place Skills (IWPS) SCQF level 3

Introduction to Work Place Skills (IWPS) is a qualification for people who are preparing for work but who need support to develop core and employability skills.

It includes a 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 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.

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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

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?

The 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 national or local programmes on the Employability Pipeline.

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 at

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