Presentation on theme: "Employability and Employer Engagement"— Presentation transcript:
1 Alistair Shaw Head of International Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
2 Employability and Employer Engagement Trusted and Valued QualificationsQualification FrameworkEmployer Engagement at qualification design stageEmployer Representatives on Strategic Committees – Qualifications and FrameworkTrusted Certification ProcessNeed for Framework
3 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework SCQF PartnershipIn 2006 the SCQF Partnership was established as a company to manage the Framework.Ministers of the Scottish Government;the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education;Scotland's Colleges;Universities Scotland;Currently there is one co-opted Director representing the interests of employers.
4 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework The Aims of the SCQF Partnershipmaintain the quality and integrity of the Frameworkpromote and develop the Framework as a way of supporting lifelong learningdevelop and maintain relationships with frameworks in the rest of the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
5 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) promotes and classifies all lifelong learning in Scotland.Through the Framework you can find out about all mainstream qualifications in Scotland and plan future learning for all.The Framework supports everyone in Scotland, including learning providers, learners and employers, by:
6 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework helping learners to get access to appropriate education and training so they can meet their full potentialhelping employers, learners and the general public to understand the full range and level of Scottish qualificationshow qualifications relate to each other and to other forms of learning, and how different types of qualification can contribute to improving the skills of the workforce
8 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework What are the benefits?The Framework helps learners and employers better understand the courses and programmes that lead to qualificationsIt helps plan learning and develop 'progression routes' to followIt enables you to make the most of the opportunities to transfer credit points between qualifications thus avoiding repetition of learningThe Framework also provides an extremely important way of recognising different types of learning in a wide range of settings - for example, learning in the workplace or in the community
9 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework How does it work….By using 2 measures, the level of a qualification or learning programme and the number of Credit Points awardedThe Framework helps you understand and compare all qualifications across the countryThe level of a qualification indicates the level of difficulty and the number of credit points indicates the length of time it takes to complete. One SCQF credit point represents an average of 10 hours of learning time
10 SCQF LevelsThey provide a basis for broad comparisons between learning programmes and qualifications achieved in different contexts, such as the workplace and formal classroom studyOver a lifetime, individuals can move between and across SCQF Levels as they undertake new learning and acquire new skillsIt should not be assumed that all learners undertaking new studies would start at SCQF Level 1
11 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework SCQF ForumTo help support the Framework, we have set up the SCQF Forum. The Forum is made up of representatives from the fields of education, employers and communities in ScotlandThe Forum provides stakeholder feedback and input to help us ensure that the Framework continues to meet the needs of all learners, employers and other users of Scottish qualifications, within Scotland and in Europe and the rest of the world
12 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework SCQF Quality CommitteeMaintaining the quality and integrity of the Framework is vital for it to be successfulThe SCQF Partnership Board established the SCQF Quality Committee to support the quality of the Framework and to provide clear, accurate technical information to all stakeholdersThe Committee is composed of experts in quality assurance from a number of educational environments. The Quality Committee advises the SCQF Partnership Board on matters relating to the quality and integrity of the Framework
13 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework CommunicationsThe Framework provides the language used to describe all learning in ScotlandEffective communication is at the heart of the FrameworkEmployers need to understand and trustLearners need to understand and trust
14 National Occupational Standards and SCQF NOSS, as nationally recognised standards, can be used in a number of ways.inform the content of vocational and professional qualificationsinform the content of training programmesform the basis of company/organisation competency frameworks form the basis of a range of vocational qualifications inform licences to practice with industriesraise skills levels and improve business productivityform the basis of all types of human resource management and development including: ·workforce planningperformance appraisal and development systemsjob descriptionsmapping job vacancies and skills shortages/gapsworkplace coachingreflective practice and continuing professional development
15 Employer EngagementUse knowledge and skills of employers to ensure qualifications are fit for purposeUse employers to agree content and levels of skillsMake use of student placement during learning processEnsure framework is robustEngage with employers on your taskforce
16 Ensure High Quality Qualifications for Scotland & Scotland’s learners SQAScottishQualificationsAuthorityAwardingEnsure High Quality Qualifications for Scotland & Scotland’s learnersAccreditation
17 SQA – Legislative Context SQA established by Education (Scotland) Act 1996Act sets out two main functionsAwarding & Accreditation (regulation)Accountable to Ministers & Scottish Government with respect to both of its functions
18 Accountability Non Departmental Public Body Scottish Ministers Sponsorship DepartmentLearning CommunityPeople of Scotland
19 SQA – Awarding Body Directly responsible to Ministers No requirement for an additional layer of regulation with respect to National QualificationsRegulation - Measures taken in the public interest to assure standard & quality of qualifications & assessmentsOpenness, transparency and accountabilityStrong governanceCollegiate approachEngagement & involvementExternal accountabilityAdvice & guidance on strategic & operational issues
20 Remit - Awarding Set & maintain National Standards Develop & maintain comprehensive portfolio of qualificationsDevelop & deliver Annual National ExaminationsValidate SQA qualificationsApprove centres for specific SQA qualificationsEnsure On-going Quality Assurance
21 Remit - AccreditationFocus is to assure quality qualifications available to support Scotland’s needsRegulate Awarding Bodies offering regulated qualifications in ScotlandMove from prescriptive model of regulation (350+ criteria) to an enabling model of regulation (25 high level principles)Supported by a risk based model
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