Stakeholder events

Stakeholder Event

Event – Tuesday 13 June 2017

Awarding Bodies/Standards Setting Organisations - Information and Development Event

Summary of the day

We were delighted to have again had an excellent turnout with representatives from many of our approved awarding bodies and Standards Setting Organisations.  The attendance from other stakeholders including colleagues from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and Scottish Government in addition to three members from SQA Accreditation Committee was also appreciated.

Jamie Hepburn (MSP) – Minister for Employability and Training gave an update on the Scottish Government response to the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy, plans to expand apprenticeships, support for National Occupational Standards (NOS) and the changes in apprenticeships in England.

Skills Development Scotland provided updates on Modern Apprenticeships and the associated funding principles and an explanation of the development and delivery of Foundation and Graduate Apprenticeships.   

Andy Crone, Senior Accreditation Manager gave an update on the three Devolved Administrations continued commitment to NOS and to the commissioning programme for Standards and Frameworks projects, which includes qualifications and apprenticeships in addition to NOS.

Delegates were split into two sessions; one for Standards Setting Organisations, which was concerned with collective needs and expectations for the commissioned Standards and Frameworks projects; and another for awarding bodies who were given an update from the Regulation Section on the new Regulatory Principles Guidance Notes for the Principles 1, 7, 14 and 15.

Please see below for presentations and information provided on the day.

A number of attendees asked for information on how Scotland’s colleges are funded.  We invited the Scottish Funding Council to the event but they were unable to send anyone to the meeting.  They have however provided a couple of links and have suggested that if you require further information that you should contact Gavin Bruce, Assistant Director. His email address is and his direct line is 0131 313 6585.

SFC’s final outcome agreement funding allocations for colleges in 2017-18 were published on 5 May.  See the website link below:

The current Outcome Agreement guidance (2017-20) for colleges is on the SFC here: