Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme (Key Action 2: Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training) of the European Commission and led by the Educational Research Institute from Poland the NQF- project aimed to support to national governments, EU agencies and key stakeholders in developing policies on including non-formal VET qualification into NQFs.

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The D'Ahoy project is an Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership to support Innovation. The project aims to investigate innovative educational ideas around Decision Making, with a view to developing a Decision Skills Framework that can be integrated into Higher Education and Vocational Education & Training.

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We have been working with IBE, Poland since 2012 and continue to be an active partner in ongoing Erasmus+ project activity. Acting as an international expert in relation to the EQF referencing report, we shared best practice from Scotland and Poland to support the report which went to the European Commission in May 2013 and was launched by the Polish Government in July 2013. SCQF Partnership Chief Executive Officer, Aileen Ponton spoke at the launch. In addition to this formal role we also provided bespoke support, including running workshops on credit rating, hosting Polish journalists and organising visits to the Scottish Qualifications Authority and colleges. We have also presented at a Polish conference on NQF’s as a tool for personal and labour market development and highlighted our work on employer engagement.

Hong Kong

SCQF Partnership CEO, Aileen Ponton was a Council member of the HKCAAVQ from 2009-2015 and in March 2012 we signed an MOU with the Government of HKSAR which was witnessed by the Minister in Parliament. As a result of that we ran a joint conference on credit transfer, articulation and progression and their place within a Qualifications Framework. This conference was held in March 2013 and was attended by Sir Andrew Cubie, Dr Janet Brown, Aileen Ponton and Julie Cavanagh. Attracting over 800 delegates over the course of the conference there was considerable interest in the Scottish approach. 

Since then we have provided a project to help the QFS develop tools to measure impact of their framework and most recently we completed a formal referencing of the HKQF to the SCQF in 2017.



We have worked closely with the Bahrain Education & Training Quality Authority (BQA) since 2010 originally acting as an international expert on a SQA led project to support the development of a National Qualifications Framework for Bahrain (NQF).  In 2017 we provided consultancy to develop processes for the alignment of non-Bahrain qualifications, to the Bahrain NQF.  More recently we completed a project to the Bahrain NQF to the SCQF with the final referencing report published in July 2018. 

Our strong relationship continues to develop and we were delighted to have the BQA as guest speakers at our 2018 conference international study day.