They say that every day is a school day, so, as a means of celebrating the recognition of lifelong learning in Scotland, the SCQF Partnership (SCQFP) hosted an evening reception at Scottish Parliament for Scottish Ministers, MSPs and stakeholders and supporters of the SCQF yesterday (Wednesday 27 February).

The event was attended by 60+ representatives from Scottish politics, education and business. Speakers included Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work; Laura Graham and Eva Lane, pupils from Clydebank High School – an SCQF Ambassador school; Army veteran, John Templeton; and John McDonald, CEO of OPITO – the SCQFP’s newest Credit Rating Body.

Since its inception in late 2001, the SCQF has been helping people of all ages plan their learning journey. The aim of the reception was to celebrate some of the many achievements of the SCQFP, raise awareness amongst civil servants and MSPs of the many ways in which the SCQF can support current policy in skills and education and, most importantly, hear from a range of speakers about the ways in which engaging with the SCQF has benefited them/their learners.

Aileen Ponton, CEO of the SCQFP, also took the opportunity to make two announcements at the event. Firstly, the Scottish Funding Council has committed to another year of funding to support the ongoing Veterans Project. Led by the SCQFP with input from a number of stakeholders, the project, which has been running since April 2018, seeks to support better recognition of learning and skills gained by veterans upon their return to civvy street.

Aileen also launched the SCQF Inclusive Recruiter campaign. The campaign urges employers to use SCQF levels instead of specific qualification types in their recruitment advertising and processes. This approach helps to widen the pool of talent available to employers and provides potential applicants with a clearer understanding of the skills required for the job. The SCQFP is asking employers to sign up to become an SCQF Inclusive Recruiter.

For more information on the SCQF and to check out the many tools and resources available to help learners, learning providers, parents/carers and employers visit the website or contact the SCQF Partnership Team at or 0141 225 2922.