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From mid-March to the end of May, SQA will welcome applications from candidates for its 2016 Modern Apprentice positions.During this time, the organisation will hold an open event at its Lowden office near Dalkeith to pupils who are due to leave school this year.

Meanwhile a similar drive will continue in Glasgow; with SQA also attending the Glasgow Guarantee recruitment fair on 07 March.

As part of the recruitment activity, SQA has also produced a short film featuring current Modern Apprentices talking about what they enjoy most about working and training with SQA.

Sean Gartland was SQA’s first Modern Apprentice to have been offered a permanent position after completing his training.  Sean now works as a Customer Service Operator within SQA’s Business Development and Customer Service Team.

Sean said: “I was told about SQA’s Modern Apprenticeship scheme by my careers advisor at school.  I thought it sounded like an interesting opportunity, and when I was told that I would be able to study for an HNC at college and towards a SVQ while I was working, I knew it was something I wanted to do.”

Sean continued: “It’s been a really interesting couple of years.  I worked across a number of departments during my training, but now I’m back in the Customer Service Team, dealing with enquiries and helping our customers, which is the part of the job I really enjoy.”

For more information about Modern Apprenticeships at SQA and how to apply for them, visit www.sqa.org.uk/pathways.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week runs from Monday 29 February to Friday 04 March. For more information, visit www.scottishapprenticeshipweek.com.

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Qualifications to Help Young People in Scotland Achieve their Goals

Posted by | 21st December 2015 | Across Scotland, Apprenticeship News, Employers, SQAJourneys, Uncategorized

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has published a new guide to its qualifications in Scotland. This guide contains all the information you need to know about the SQA qualifications available to help young people progress on their individual learning journeys; whether they are preparing for training, employment, college or university.

This wide range of qualifications includes:

  • National Qualifications, including Skills for Work Courses
  • Awards
  • Wider Achievement Awards, including awards in Employability, Steps to Work and Personal Development
  • Qualifications for work, including Introduction to Workplace Skills and Certificate of Work Readiness
  • Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)
  • Professional Development Awards
  • Higher National (HN) Qualifications

SQA’s qualifications are designed in partnership with industry experts to ensure that learners gain the skills and experience needed in the workplace.

To find out more, download SQA’s Guide to Scottish Qualifications here.

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West Lothian – Partnerships in Food and Drink Education

Posted by | 25th November 2015 | Apprenticeship News, SQAJourneys, Uncategorized

 

To mark the Year of Food and Drink Scotland in 2015 SQA produced a set of short films highlighting the benefits of partnership working: developing the qualifications, skills and training needed to support Scotland’s food and drink industry.

We visited West Lothian — an enterprise area for food and drink manufacturing — to highlight the partnership projects between Bathgate Academy, West Lothian College and local manufacturers Macrae Edinburgh, AK Stoddart and Glen Turner Distillery.

Graeme Findlay, Qualifications Manager at SQA: “Scotland has a global reputation for quality and craftsmanship in food and drink production. It is the most dynamic and successful sector of the Scottish economy, creating over 100,000 jobs directly and indirectly.

“Successful partnerships between schools, colleges and employers like those in West Lothian, are helping to inspire, train and qualify the industries future workforce and are a great example of how SQA’s food and drink qualifications, from nationals to SVQs, are helping to support routes into the Scottish food and drink industry.”

Read more and watch the video case studies: Food and Drink – Partnerships

For more information about the successful partnerships between SQA, colleges, schools, employers, training providers, and industry representatives, and how they support learners across Scotland, visit SQA Journeys.

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Macrae Edinburgh – Food and Drink Education

Posted by | 25th November 2015 | Apprenticeship News, SQAJourneys, Uncategorized

To mark the Year of Food and Drink Scotland in 2015 SQA produced a set of short films highlighting the benefits of partnership working: developing the qualifications, skills and training needed to support Scotland’s food and drink industry.

SQA visited Macrae Edinburgh to find out how SQA qualifications are developing skills and improving their business. and spoke to David Gilchrist, HR Manager, and Martin Gates.

Martin is Quality Auditor at Macrae Edinburgh. He has been with Macrae’s for four years, and studied SVQ Level 3 in Food and Drink Operations.

“I started at Macrae’s four years ago as a General Operator in the factory and a few weeks in I joined the technical department as a Quality Auditor. After a couple of years working here the SVQ representative visited the site to see if anyone was interested in studying for an SVQ and I put my hand up to start the training.

“I studied SVQ Level 3 in Food and Drink Operations. Since doing the SVQ qualification I feel that I know more about how things work in the food and drink industry and I’m better prepared for doing my job.”

Read more about our food and drink industry partnerships – Food and Drink – Partnerships

For more information about the successful partnerships between SQA, colleges, schools, employers, training providers, and industry representatives, and how they support learners across Scotland, visit SQA Journeys.