Why are N/SVQs free in England and not Scotland?
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ana Training Centre is a provider for Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Social Services and Healthcare based in Aberdeen. We are one of two local training centres who provide this vocational qualification in the Aberdeen area.
Although we are a Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) accredited training centre our candidates are unable to benefit from the Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Account (ILA) to assist them with the cost of obtaining the SVQ 2.
An ILA is a fund available from Skills Development Scotland where eligible candidates can access up to £200 towards the cost of any approved course. This funding is of huge benefit to individual candidates, as for many the cost of training can be a significant barrier to their entering or re-entering the world of work.
On seeking to become an approved ILA provider, Skills Development Scotland have advised us that they have closed all applications to new providers to become ‘approved’ under the ILA scheme, with no plans to reopen in the future.
By not allowing our candidates to benefit from the ILA funding, Skills Development Scotland are putting them at a significant disadvantage.
Skills Development Scotland prides itself on being a body whereby people of all ages are assisted and supported in returning to the world of work, however in this case they are actively impeding candidates who, without the funding, would not be in a position to proceed with this training.
Individuals who do not gain the mandatory SVQ, which allows them to be registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) they will not be able to continue working in care.
We struggle to encourage people into this type of work, which can be challenging, and not well paid, however very rewarding.
Do we want to further deplete this work force?
Why are we not investing in future development of this workforce by paying for their qualification?
N/SVQ awards are free to candidates in England, so why not in Scotland?
We have contacted the Chamber of Commerce in Aberdeen, who will support us fully with this petition and are willing to promote it in their publications.
Please sign our petition to allow us to raise our case with Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Government and allow us to become an ILA approved provider.
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