Scottish Vocational qualifications are nationally recognised, work-related, competence-based qualifications. They reflect the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively, and show that a candidate is competent in the area of work the qualification represents.
Benefits of Vocational Qualifications:-
- Receive on the job training supported by your assessor.
- Learn practical skills you can use everyday.
- Understanding how to relate theory to your practice.
- Achieve your qualification while you earn.
Qualifications are achieved through assessment and training. Assessment is achieved through on-the-job observation and questioning. Candidates produce evidence to prove they have the competence to meet the SVQ standards. Assessors sign off units when the candidates are ready. The assessor tests candidates' knowledge, understanding and work-based performance to make sure they can demonstrate competence in the workplace.
Candidates compare their performance with the standards as they learn. They look at what they have achieved, how much they still need to do and how they should go about it, until they are assessed as competent for a unit or a whole Qualification.
Vocational Qualifications suit candidates who already have skills and want to increase them, but also suit those who are starting from the beginning.