Understanding qualifications and how they compare with one another can be a daunting task for anyone. This becomes even more challenging for businesses who are looking to recruit staff or develop a learning programme for their existing team.

The SCQF has a number of resources to help businesses navigate the qualifications landscape, consolidate recruitment practice, identify staff development programmes and have your own in-house training programme recognised on the SCQF.

There are literally thousands of programmes and courses out there, so how can we begin to compare one to another? The interactive SCQF diagram allows a quick and easy comparison of all credit rated qualifications owned by over 300 organisations including Aegon, Bam Nuttall, the Institute of Directors and the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland to name but a few.

The SCQF is an inclusive framework with qualifications available for learners in a range of environments including school, college, university and work-based learning. The SCQF has 12 levels, with each successive level representing a step up in complexity. All qualifications on the SCQF also have a credit point value which indicates how long a learning programme takes to complete. With over 11,500 programmes on the SCQF, our database provides a straightforward way of finding a course or qualification to enhance your team.  

Being able to compare current qualifications is one thing but how would these qualifications compare to what you, team members or prospective employees might have gained in previous decades? Our Old v New resource maps how qualifications have evolved since 1960 to present day, giving a quick reference to how an O grade might compare to a National 5 or where a Higher might sit in relation to an Intermediate 1.

The above resources will help your understanding of Scottish qualifications but can these principles be used to understand qualifications from other countries? Using our Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries document allows a comparison of qualifications from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. With 5% of Scotland’s workforce made up of EU nationals1, Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries also help compare European qualifications to their Scottish equivalents by referencing against the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Our employer guide, Maximise Workforce Potential, helps all employers focus on and improve key aspects of your business. Beginning with recruitment and selection, we can help you write improved job descriptions and person specifications to attract applications from a wider pool of candidates with the right skills and competencies for the role. In conjunction with the Levelling Tool we can also help you to assign an SCQF level to a job role, further strengthening the recruitment process. 

The learning and development section of our employer guide will steer you through the process of conducting a skills audit of individual roles and your team as a whole, allowing you to adapt your learning and development plan to satisfy any existing or potential skills gaps as you aim to grow your business. Finally the guide outlines how you can you have your own training programmes recognised on the SCQF through the credit rating process

We recently launched our Inclusive Recruiter campaign which aims to encourage employers to use SCQF levels in the recruitment process rather than specific qualifications. This widens the pool of talent from which to choose and offers clarity around skills and experience. It's a simple commitment and easy to sign up to.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how the SCQF can help, please contact info@scqf.org.uk or via phone, 0141 2225 2922