SQA guidance for employers on new National Qualifications

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has introduced new National Qualifications which are now being taught in schools and colleges across Scotland.

SQAThey will soon replace the existing National Qualifications employers may already be familiar with and are helping to prepare young people for the workplace.

The new qualifications have a greater focus on developing skills and ensuring that young people can use their skills beyond the classroom.  Young people will develop practical skills like data collection, literacy, numeracy and team-working; core skills like communication, ICT and problem solving; and skills for learning, life and work such as employability, independent thinking, and enterprise and citizenship. Employers can look forward to recruiting young people who have developed the knowledge, skills and experience needed for the modern workplace.

New subjects have also been introduced, such as Lifeskills Mathematics, which focuses on finance, statistics, data management, measurement and geometry and is set at the same level of difficulty as traditional mathematics courses.

For more information visit the SQA information page for employers.

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