Employability, Skills and Learning Progress – Recommendation 8

Recognition of qualifications and skills

The Veterans Employability Strategic Working Group (see Recommendation 1) should produce a plan for building understanding and recognition amongst Scottish employers (especially SMEs) of the skills and qualifications gained in the military. The Group should also consider whether the current system for translating and mapping qualifications could be simplified and how it might be better utilised and understood.

2019 SVC evaluation of status:

Partially implemented

2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:

This is being taken forward by the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and is being supported by £19,000 of funding through the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). The SCQF steering group, consisting of members from SDS, CTP, SFC, and Scottish Government reported on the first phase of exploratory work in March 2019. Further funding has been provided to the project by SFC to continue with this work.

2020 SVC evaluation of status:

Implemented, but work should continue

2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:

This is being taken forward by SCQF Partnership and is being supported by Scottish Government funding through the Scottish Funding Council. All qualification matrices across all three Armed Forces have been revised and updated. This was a huge piece of work and vitally important as it informs everything else that we do on the project. There were many inaccuracies in the matrices and each of the 1300+ qualifications has been checked and revised where necessary.

This has now been passed back to the MOD with suggestions that they develop a plan around training and responsibilities for ensuring the matrices are kept up to date. We have offered help with this. We have had initial discussions with the three main awarding bodies around recognition of more qualifications on the SCQF. These are DAO, City and Guilds and Pearson.

Infographics have been developed to show the breakdown of qualifications across these awarding bodies as well as a version that summarises all of the qualifications on the matrices. These will be used to inform further conversations with awarding bodies which can take place now that the matrices are up to date. Leaflets have so far been produced across Army cap badges – Infantry, REME, Royal Artillery and Royal Logistics Corps. These are available on the SCQF website. The Scottish Government will continue to fund this valuable work through to 2023.

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