SVQ Update

As you may be aware the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and units that the current suite of SVQ qualifications are based upon are being reviewed by People 1st.  This will affect all qualifications in the suite with the exception of SVQ 4 Hospitality Management Skills.

The main changes are likely to be in the professional cookery area where debate seems centre …

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Pick of the bunch

Cut and paste this link into your browser to find out more about the beautiful berries that are growing in abundance now, waiting for you to pick some at your local ‘pick you own’ farm.

http://www.tourism-intelligence.co.uk/newsevents/news/2015/06/pick-of-the-bunch?sc_camp=ECCD21304022488F91DA2E5EF5E91B65&ec_as=CBEF09464B5443EAA2330C3E01E9FC0 …

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CfE update

The June update is now available at the following link http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/58138.html

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Edinburgh Food Heritage Trail – Free workshop for schools

Edinburgh World Heritage and National Library of Scotland are holding a workshop and trail for schools to find out more about the city’s food history.

Join Mrs Grant, a housewife from Georgian Edinburgh, at the workshop, which starts with a tour around the new National Library of Scotland exhibition ‘Lifting the Lid’, highlighting some of the exhibits. Then Mrs …

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Food news for your information

Food and Drink ‘Teach Meet’ – an insight into progression pathways for careers in the thriving Food and Drink industry – National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh,

Tuesday 8th September, 4.30pm – 7.30pm.
Network with a number of food education partners who support the recommendations of Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce with guidance and advice on careers in food and drink in Scotland …

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Welcome to the first post of our new blog for the Hospitality, Food and Drink sectors.

The team for NQ/SVQ/HN qualifications in Hospitality, Food and Drink will be using the blog to keep you up-to-date with our activities in these sectors.

This first post provides an update for staff involved in our HN qualifications in hospitality and professional cookery.

Annual Surveys

Thank you to all who have managed to complete the annual survey(s) for 2014/15.  Please note that the surveys will remain open until 30 July for anyone who hasn’t had the chance to complete one yet.  Links to the surveys can be found at the HN Hospitality subject pages of our website.

There is a question in the survey to gauge interest in a networking event for staff in May/June; insufficient responses were received to justify arranging an event at this time of year, therefore we will consider this again in the autumn.

Qualification Support Team (QST) Activities

The QST have been reviewing the HN Hospitality and Professional Cookery units with a view to making small changes that will help to reduce assessment, allow flexibility, etc.  The units currently under review are:

Fermented Patisserie Products
Specialised Patisserie
Food and Beverage Operations
Hospitality Supervision

Once any revision to the units has been completed the associated assessment support material will be revised as appropriate.  This is an on-going process and we will let you know as and when other units are reviewed.


Ushare is a new platform that allows users to share links to learning and teaching materials online.  Hospitality/Professional Cookery is one of the first subjects with resources on Ushare.  You can view these resources at the HN Hospitality subject pages of our website.

 Professional Development Awards (PDAs):

A proposal to develop four PDAs in hospitality and professional …

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