SVQs in the social services sector from October to December 2009

21 May 2010

This is the ninth in a series of quarterly papers on the provision and uptake of Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Health and Social Care in Scotland. These papers are produced regularly for the purposes of workforce planning in the social services sector.

The Scottish Social Services Council wants to know more about the workforce and is keen to have accurate information about the qualifications which employees are undertaking and achieving. This paper sets out information we have gathered, which will assist education and training providers, employers, employees and other partners involved in workforce development activities.

This quarterly update provides information on Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) accredited SVQ registrations and certifications in the care sector for the period October – December 2008. An overview of qualifications this quarter is given, which is supplemented with a comparison of results from this quarter in previous years.

The headline results are:

  • Level 2 qualifications aggregated provide the most registrations and certifications
  • Health and Social Care Level 2 provides the largest amount of registrations and certifications
  • registrations this for this quarter have been the highest when compared to similar quarters since 2006, with Level 2 qualifications also being at a record high.

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