Sam’s Back! (after Maternity Leave)

I don’t know about the rest of you working mums, but, having experienced and enjoyed maternity leave for the second time recently, why, when you get back to work, does it feel like you’ve never been away?!! And why does having a second child not just double your home-life workload, but multiply it by at least a dozen?!! Answers on a postcard please…

Anyway, I am now mum to two adorable children, Dexter (aged 51/2 years) and Tabitha (aged 16 months) – one of each, the classic “gentleman’s family”.

I am working at the SCQFP 3 days a week, Tuesday to Thursday, and feel that this is the perfect work/life balance. I came back to work in October 2016 and, within hours of my return, was back into the full swing of the SCQF hustle and bustle, checking up on publications progressing, events expected, testimonials tendered and proofing pending.

With 3 months back under my belt, I am proud to say that I have now completed a variety of projects, so here’s a flavour of what I’ve been involved in over the last 12 weeks…

Video case studies and infographic movie

My first morning back after over a year on maternity leave was comprised of a 3-hour strategy meeting with 29studios to discuss the creation of some new movies to showcase learner journeys and demonstrate how the SCQF can help learners to navigate the vast amount of learning programmes available in Scotland.

We identified four individuals with non-traditional learner journeys and worked with 29studios to create scripts and undertake filming to capture their amazing stories.

Have a look at their learning journeys and be inspired by what they have all achieved in often difficult circumstances.

We have also produced a new infographic movie which illustrates how the SCQF can help learners to progress their learning journeys and highlights that the SCQF recognises more than 850 learning programmes other than mainstream provision. Check it out and let us know what you think.

My Skills, My Future revision and relaunch

This is a biggie! While I was away changing nappies and singing nursery rhymes, Julie, Amy and Frances had been hard at work with the ‘My Skills, My Future’ Review Working Group revising the content of the existing pack.

With that concluded, I was tasked with managing the design and print of the newly updated pack, so have been busy working alongside the SCQF team, a designer and a printer to revamp the kit and make it more user-friendly. After many days of proofing and re-proofing the various component parts of the 146-page pack, changing colours and icons, and poring over tints and finishes (and with the Christmas break interrupting proceedings), we have now received the new and improved pack and delivered the first workshop! A big achievement for all concerned, and we are delighted with the finished product. If your work involves supporting individuals in identifying the skills they have gained from experiences outwith formal qualifications, you might want to attend one of our workshops in March.

Updated Leaflet for Parents and Carers

I liaised with the National Parent Forum of Scotland and the Scottish Parent Teacher Council to revise our leaflet which helps parents and carers to understand the SCQF and its benefits for young learners.

The leaflet has a fresh new look and title, and also contains a refreshed version of the Framework diagram which now features the Foundation Apprenticeships at SCQF level 6. Hard copies are available for schools and careers advisers, so please do get in touch if you would like some to hand out to parents that you work with.

So, there you go, I’d better get back to it. There’s a revised Employer Guide that needs proofing! Aaah, it’s good to be back… 🙂

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