BWS issue 36 November December 2015 - Page 24

SQA Scottish Vocational Qualifications — 25 Years and Counting Liz McGrath, Head of Qualifications Portfolio Management at SQA One of the most important developments in Scottish skills training — the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) — is 25 years old this year. Playing a leading role in its success over that time has been the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). The team at Scotland’s national accreditation and awarding body works in partnership with employers, colleges, schools, universities, industry and government departments throughout the UK and internationally, to provide flexible qualifications and assessments that are relevant to employers. SQA is committed to helping people realise their potential and to achieve their ambitions, and has a track record of providing qualifications that are fit for purpose and that deliver for Scotland’s people and economy. The SVQ is one of the main types of qualification in SQA’s portfolio. There are over 500 available across a diverse range of occup ][ۘ[\