By Pauline Sutton, Development Officer
Over the past few years SCQF Partnership has supported the Scottish Training Federation (STF) annual conference and awards ceremony. This year I had the opportunity to be part of the judging panel for the awards ceremony.
With 10 categories being presented and over 90 submissions it was an interesting and quite humbling experience, especially reading the stories of the Young Apprentices. I’m sure my fellow judges agree that we wanted to give them all an award. The journeys and innovative approaches that are happening in the world of training and development are to be commended.
Jamie Hepburn, Scottish Minister for Employability and Training gave the opening address at the gala dinner and awards ceremony. He was followed by a prestigious line-up including two BBC presenters; Kaye Adams and Judith Ralston; Iain Gray, Labour spokesman for Education, and stand-up comedian Anna Devitt who has herself overcome adversity to achieve success and gone on to develop her own training programme ‘Comedy & Confidence’ credit rated at Level 6 on the SCQF.
The two day conference gave lots of food for thought with interesting and enlightening conversations taking place. Topics ranged from funding and the apprenticeship levy to e-learning and Investors in People.
I’d like to say a big well done to Stuart McKenna and the team at STF for once again keeping the work of the training network and support for young people at the forefront of work-based learning.