The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) is the national qualifications framework for Scotland and plays a vital role in the recognition of the skills and experience of individuals in Scotland.
SCQF Week is an online event running between 15-19 March, and intends to highlight the important part the SCQF plays in the learner journey. It will celebrate the achievements of individuals, showcase best practice in the use of the SCQF across a range of sectors, as well as raise awareness of the SCQFP’s latest projects and developments amongst partners and stakeholders.
A major part of the week’s activities include ‘live sessions’ of interest to employers, schools, colleges and SCQF Credit Rating Bodies. Colleagues from Education Scotland, University of the West of Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will co-host sessions with the SCQFP Team and will provide valuable insight from their own experiences of using the SCQF.
Monday 15th March, 12.30pm-1.00pm
The Benefits of Becoming an SCQFP Approved Credit Rating Body
Presented by SCQFP Development Officer, Helen Murdoch-Wilson and Roger Crawford Watch Commander, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Training Function
The session will explore the benefits of becoming a credit rating body and we will be joined by a colleague from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) which has been a credit rating body for 5 years. Discussion points will include why SFRS took the decision to apply, the process, the challenges along the way and what the benefits have been to both their staff as learners and to the organisation as an employer.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a credit rating body, or as an organisation you are already considering applying to become a credit rating body then this webinar will be of benefit to you.
Tuesday 16th March, 12.30pm-1.00pm
RPL in Practice
Presented by SCQFP Development Officer, Fiona Garry and Richard Jefferies, Lecturer in Management and New Technologies, UWS
This session will look at the basic principles of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), including the definitions of credit transfer, summative and formative RPL and how learners can benefit from having their learning recognised.
This live presentation will look at the theory of RPL as delivered in the SCQF Workshop and then compare how this theory is then put into practice at University of the West of Scotland by our co-host, an academic and RPL practitioner, who will be able to bring RPL to life with examples of how learning can be identified, documented and assessed using learning Outcomes and the SCQF Level Descriptors. The session will discuss the importance of structure and guidance and how RPL is embedded into the Quality Assurance processes. At the end we will have time for a short question and answer session and demonstrate the RPL Toolkit on our website.
Wednesday 17th March, 12.30pm-1.00pm
Recognising Skills for Business
Presented by Julie Cavanagh, Head of Partnerships and Communication, SCQF Partnership and Diane Drummond, Director, B-DACS Heating Cooling and Ventilation, Glasgow
This interesting and informative session will provide an overview of the SCQF for employers and how it can be used to support effective recruitment and workforce development including recognition of work based learning. The webinar will explain the many benefits of using the SCQF can bring and will introduce SCQFP’s Inclusive Recruiter campaign along with the range of resources available to employers. Diane Drummond, Director of B-DACS Air Conditioning Services will also explain why they had their Certificate in Air Conditioning Systems Engineering recognised on the SCQF and the difference it has made to their workforce.
Thursday 18th March , 9.30am-12.45pm
Would You Credit It?
Presented by SCQFP Development Officer, Donnie Wood
An online workshop for representatives from organisations who wish to submit a learning programme to a credit rating body for credit rating.
It is designed to support individuals and organisations who are developing, or who already have, a learning programme which they are considering having Credit Rated for the SCQF.
The workshop will provide key information about the SCQF, how it can be used, and how Credit Rating processes are carried out. It will consider the development of programmes which are suitable for Credit Rating.
After completing this workshop, participants will have a sound knowledge of the SCQF and will be able to make an informed decision about whether a learning programme is suitable for Credit Rating and the next steps they need to take. No detailed knowledge of the SCQF is required to take part in this workshop.
More information on this workshop is available on the registration page.
Friday 19th March, 9.30am-1.00pm
Best Practice Event for SCQF Ambassador Schools
Presented by SCQFP Development Officer, Donnie Wood and Guests
Chaired by Aileen Ponton, CEO and Julie Cavanagh, Head of Partnerships and Communications
The SCQF Partnership is hosting its annual sharing of best practice event for our School Ambassadors. The event this year will take place online and we look to engage as many of our 117 Ambassador schools as possible, raising awareness of the SCQF and how it can be used to develop learner pathways through a greater utilisation of all SCQF credit rated programmes and learning.
Discussion and case studies will focus on how schools have achieved this and what challenges they have encountered along the way. The event will feature presentations and input from Education Scotland DYW team, a range of current Ambassador schools and an update and discussion from the Scottish Government Insight team.
More details available on the registration page.
This is the first ever SCQF Week and we would love and very much appreciate your support.
You can get involved by backing our campaign in the run up to SCQF Week and by taking part in activities during the week itself. To help us find and share your posts please tag @SCQFPartnership and use #RecognisingSkills and #RecogniseMySkills
SCQF Ambassador Schools and Colleges, Teaching Staff and Learning Providers: Can use the week to highlight how you are using the SCQF, your achievements and the individual success you have had.
SCQF Inclusive Recruiters and Employers: Can use the week to highlight how you are using the SCQF in recruitment and staff development or perhaps your in-house training is credit rated on the SCQF and you'd like to shout about it!
SCQF Credit Rating Bodies: If you're an approved SCQF Credit Rating body we'd like you to share how this benefits and adds value to your training programmes.
Individuals: If you are a keen advocate of the SCQF, we need your help! We're looking for non-camera shy individuals to put together a short 30 sec video expressing how you value the framework, our support or our resources. Please send your videos to Katie on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you prefer to get involved in other ways you can access our toolkit which includes a range of image assets and suggested social posts.
Thanks in advance for your support. We hope that together we can make SCQF Week a great success. Please remember to tag any news/stories with @SCQFPartnership and use #RecognisingSkills and #RecogniseMySkills
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