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SQA News 27 August 2020

Brewing Skills success

The first two successful candidates to complete the SVQ in Food and Drink Operations (Brewing Skills) level 2 qualification, Stuart Byars and Matthew Bennet, were recently presented with their certificates.

Stuart and Matthew both work at Six Degrees North in Laurencekirk and were supported through their training by our partners, Craft Skills Scotland.

Graeme Findlay, Qualifications Manager with responsibility for the qualification, said: “It's fantastic to see the first two graduates complete the SVQ in Food and Drink Operations (Brewing Skills). The brewing sector in Scotland, particularly craft breweries such as Six Degrees North, has seen a huge level of growth in recent years. The Brewing Skills SVQ gives employers an opportunity to develop their staff, which is needed now more than ever as we continue on the road out of lockdown. But, more importantly, the course also gives employees the chance to demonstrate their skills and knowledge, get qualified, and develop their careers in Scotland's vibrant food and drink industry.”

Scotland's food and drink sector has come a long way over the last ten years and is now one of the best performing sectors of the economy. With over 160 brewers in Scotland, the SVQ in Food and Drink Operations (Brewing Skills) level 2 was developed to support this growing industry, which has annual sales in excess of £380 million.

In the picture, from left to right are: John Farquharson, Craft Skills Scotland assessor and SQA external verifier, Stuart, Matthew and Graeme.