Increase in people taking SVQs

The number of people working in social services who are taking SVQs increased between 2014/15 and 2015/16 according to our latest data report. We published the report SVQs in the Scottish Social Service Sector 2015/16 today (Friday 28 April).

The report shows in the period 2012/13 to 2015/16 there was on overall rise of 6% in SVQ registrations. Registrations in Adult SVQs rose by 7% and in Children and Young People SVQs by 2% for that period.

It’s the first time the report has included data on modern apprenticeships (MAs) which indicates the extent to which they account for SVQ provision in the sector. The report shows MAs make up approximately a quarter of all SVQs in our sector; they account for approximately half of all CYP SVQs and 16% of all Adult SVQs.

The report shows the number of MA registrations in Adult SVQs decreased by 23% from 2012/13 to 2015/16 while the number in CYP SVQs increased by 29% during the same period. Overall there has been a slight drop (1%) in the number of MA registrations between 2012/13 and 2015/16.

One of the main differences between registrations in Adult SVQs and those in CYP SVQs is that in the former 51% of SVQ registrations are at level 2, while in the latter it is just 6%. This reflects the SSSC registration requirements for different groups of workers.

It is also the first time we have published this data in line with financial years (April-March) which brings our data into line with the approach adopted by Skills Development Scotland making it more easily comparable with theirs.

Workforce planning

The report on SVQs and MAs in the sector helps employers identify the supply of skills available in the sector, for example national planning for the expansion of early years provision and whether enough people in the sector are taking the relevant qualifications to meet demand.

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