UK-based Financial and Related Professional Services

Edinburgh and Glasgow account for 60% of all financial services jobs in Scotland.  Approximately 49,600 individuals are employed in Edinburgh and 39,000 in Glasgow. Key facts about UK-based financial and related professional services can be found at thecityuk.  

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SVQ Business and Admin Network Events

This year’s SVQ Business and Admin Network Events took place on Wednesday, 22nd May at the Radission Blu hotel in Edinburgh and Thursday, 30th May at Celtic Park. The events were both well attended with 37 delegates at the Edinburgh event and 60 for Glasgow. We may have to consider having a large event next year. Thank you to those who attended and supported the event. Tony gave an SQA update stating that SCQF 5 (level 2) is the highest…

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NPA Enterprise and Employability

NPA Enterprise and Employability was developed in 2009 and is now due to review. Last week Tony and I had a meeting with the Lead Consultant to discuss the next steps for the review. A Scoping exercise will be carried out over the summer on potential changes to the structure and provision in the Enterprise and Employability space over SCQF levels 3 to 6. The lead Consultant will be gathering evidence and recommendations which will be supported from consultation with…

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Digital Technologies in Business Unit

As previously mentioned we are at the early stages of the development process for the new digital HN unit provisionally titled ‘Digital Technologies in Business’. We have now selected a writer who will work in conjunction with Tony and I. The idea around this unit is to equip learners with knowledge and skills on the influence of technology on organisations and the opportunities it provides. The aim of this unit is to be very practical orientated. Many companies face formidable…

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SOLAR Assessment Writers Required

We plan revise the bank of SOLAR questions for Administration & IT Graded Unit 1 and Digital Technologies for Administrators. We are currently recruiting for writers and vetters for this work. If you are interested or want to know more information please contact Caitlin.  

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Business (Employers/Partners) Event

Yesterday I met with representatives from West Lothian College. It was a productive meeting. There were industry representatives from Quality Scotland, Neil’s Hugs, The Scottish Parliament and Bridge 2 Business. Lecturers from West Lothian College gave short presentations on the content of Level 5 Business, 6 Business and HNC/D Business. The presentations reviewed the units delivered and there was opportunity for employers to input into areas of the curriculum they feel is critical to meet the industry sector needs and prepare…

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New HN Units – writers and vetters required

I’m pleased to let you know we have been given the green light to develop two HN units. We are recruiting for writers and vetters for HN Units provisionally titled ‘Digital Technologies in Business‘ and ‘Business Organisations and Decision-making’. The unit purpose for Business Organisations and Decision-making is to provide a holistic understanding of business organisational structures and leadership. The purpose for Digital Technologies in Business is to equip learners with knowledge and skills on the influence of technology (including…

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SVQ Business and Administration Network Events

I’m pleased to let you know that this year’s SVQ Business and Administration Network Events will take place Wednesday, 22nd May at Radisson Blu Hotel in Edinburgh and Thursday, 30th May at Celtic Park, Kerrydale Suite. These events provide assessors and verifiers with a CPD opportunity and the chance to network with peers across the sector. Updates will be provided by the SQA Qualifications Team (Tony and Caitlin) and Senior External Verifier (Donnie Carthew). Discussion and workshops will cover topics such as performance and…

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The AI Revolution in Banking and Financial Services

A conference is being held in London in May 2019 to discuss the potential and challenges of AI in the world of banking and financial services.  The link takes you to the full conference agenda – Next Gen Banking Conference Agenda.  

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