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Veterans Project Steering Group

In 2018 The SCQF Partnership was asked by the Scottish Funding Council to take forward work to support Recommendation 8 of the Scottish Veterans Commissioner’s report on Employability, Skills and Learning. This recommendation asked that the Veteran’s Employability Strategic Working Group

“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 utilized and understood.”

It is in relation to the latter part of the recommendation that the SCQFP was asked to take forward i.e. how we might assist with the greater recognition of Veterans' qualifications and learning via recognition on the SCQF or benchmarking to the SCQF.

Since 2018 the SCQFP has undertaken a substantial amount of work in this area including:

  • A scoping report on priority job roles within the armed forces

  • Development of a number of information leaflets for different job roles

  • Development of a dedicated web page on the SCQF website to support service leavers

  • Revision of the MoD’s qualifications matrix to ensure accuracy of qualifications being offered within the armed forces and

  • Conversations with a range of awarding bodies to encourage more qualifications to be recognised on the SCQF.


The focus of this work is now moving to a more sustainable approach going forward and will centre on the following:

  • Development of a skills mapping tool with an initial focus on up to 20 job roles across the armed forces to be hosted on the My World of Work website in partnership with SDS and MOD

  • Development of a qualifications mapping tool which will sit alongside the skills mapping tool

It is in relation to the first of these two key outputs that we want someone to work with us for approximately 4 months from July 2021 – January 2022 with the possibility of an extension.

Aim of the Project

To develop a skills profiling tool specifically for service leavers that supports them in understanding the skills they have gained in the military (including the benchmarking of any formal qualifications gained to the SCQF) and how these skills translate into language easily understood by civilian employers/institutions in order to gain a job or move into further learning.  

Key Partners

SCQFP – Responsible for management of the project including any consultants. The SCQFP project steering group will oversee this project. SCQFP will identify resources to carry out the analysis of the agreed job roles to ensure that these can be represented as skills profiles along with providing information on related qualifications

SDS – responsible for developing the skills identification and qualification benchmarking tools within My World of Work and providing the data requirements for inclusion

MoD – responsible for identifying priority job roles within the armed forces and providing the detail required on these 


The consultant will be expected to:

  • Help to identify the priority job roles based on the project scoping report and CTP report

  • Undertake a scoping of the skills required for these job roles liaising with relevant organisations.

  • Work with Skills Development Scotland colleagues to develop the templates required which show chosen job roles and skills lists

  • research the relevant skills of each job role and provide relevant weighting % against each skill for each job role. 

  • Complete the templates for the chosen job role

  • Liaise with key partners throughout the project

  • Contribute to the final report with recommendations for further action


Person Specification

  • Suitable experience, understanding and knowledge of the skills required of roles across all three of the armed forces

  • Strong effective communication and inter-personal skills

  • Excellent written communication skills

  • Experience of collating and analysing data


The time commitment is initially for 30 days over the 6 month period. It is difficult at this point to give a number of days per month and this could vary over the period.  The work would be paid at a daily rate of circa £350 plus any travel and subsistence. 

Applications are encouraged from all suitable candidates regardless of their gender, race, religion, disability or other characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010. Support will be available for anyone who reasonably requires help to apply.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter outlining your experience and suitability for this project role to Beverley Wallace, Senior Administrative Officer, SCQF Partnership no later than Friday 30 July 2021

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