The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) is Scotland's national qualifications framework and provides a way of recognising, describing and comparing the difficulty and 'size' of a whole range of qualifications and learning programmes.
In addition to mainstream qualifications which many employers will recognise - Nationals, Highers, SVQs and Degrees - the SCQF also acknowledges Apprenticeships and learning programmes developed and delivered by companies or other organisations for their staff.
SCQF 'Levels' help you to understand the difficulty of the qualification, while 'Credit Points' indicate the amount of learning involved (i.e. how long it would take on average for an employee to complete). This information can help employers and employees contextualise their learning in relation to job roles in the workplace.
When recruiting staff, how you specify the level of skill or competence that you need applicants to have is important. Job adverts often ask for applicants to have a degree or equivalent, but do employers know what the equivalent is or are they simply looking for candidates to have a degree?
By using the SCQF levels in your recruitment processes, including your job description and advert, you will increase the pool of potential talent from which to select and you and your potential employees can better understand the skills you need. See our Employer Guide and Levelling Tool.
Nicola Smith, a Development Officer at the SCQF Partnership explains the importance of the SCQF in the recruitment process and talks you through how to use our Know Your Level tool to help you understand how to correctly level a job role.
If you would like to know more about how we can help you with understanding the SCQF in the recruitment process, you can book a 1:1 session with our Employer Engagement Lead, Nicola Smith. She will talk you through the range of free materials and support that we offer, and let you know how you can become an SCQF Inclusive Recruiter.
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