SQA collaboration shortlisted for top award

A collaboration between SQA and the British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ) has been shortlisted for a top industry award.

The partnership has seen the two organisations announced as finalists in the ‘Collaboration of the Year’ category at the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) Awards.

Recognition by the FAB Awards, which is an annual celebration of achievements in the awarding and assessment sector, comes after SQA and BAJ developed innovative jewellery qualifications which are giving students the essential skills they need to thrive in the jewellery industry.

The partnership, which combined BAJ’s knowledge of the sector with SQA’s robust quality assurance processes, resulted in a four year Jewellery Manufacturing and Design Diploma Programme.

BAJ and SQA developed qualifications which not only sees students gain technical skills, but also broader skills to help them achieve their future goals.

At BAJ’s campuses in Birmingham and Hatton Garden in London, students learn not only how to create and market their products but also how to promote themselves and their brand. This includes how to take professional photos, create a website, and how to use social media effectively.

Sofie Boons (pictured right with colleagues from BAJ), Head of BAJ, says that effective communication was key to the success of the project, adding: “Thanks to our collaboration with SQA, students graduating from this new Diploma are well equipped to meet the demands of this competitive industry. Myself and the whole team at BAJ are delighted that the partnership is being recognised by the FAB Awards.”

Anne Boyd (pictured left with Mark Hughes, Qualifcations Officer at SQA), Qualifications Manager at SQA, says: “By combining our expertise, we’ve created a progressive framework of qualifications which will take learners from absolute beginner to complete professional, and that’s really exciting. It was a pleasure working with BAJ, and we’re looking forward to celebrating with them at the FAB Awards.”