Review of the Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Youth Work



The Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland is seeking views from youth workers, youth work providers, training organisations and educational institutions to inform its Review of the Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Youth Work. The SVQs in Youth Work are an important part of the network of qualifications that support the professional learning and development of youth workers in Scotland.

They are based on a set of UK National Occupational Standards (NOS) which describe the levels of performance expected of youth workers. They offer youth workers, paid and unpaid, an opportunity to develop their practice by learning while at work. The SVQs in Youth Work are an essential component of a Modern Apprenticeship for Youth Work They were last reviewed in 2015. Since then the Youth Work NOS have been updated, with a revised set of Standards published in 2019. Consequently, there is a need to review the SVQs in Youth Work in order to ensure that they remain fit for purpose.

This Review of the SVQS in Youth Work involves:
  • Considering the structure of the SVQs in relation to revised NOS and the current practice environment
  • Establishing levels of demand for the qualifications
  • Exploring practical considerations that impact on uptake of the qualifications and identifying areas for improvement
A Steering Group comprising representatives from across the Youth Work Sector in Scotland has been formed to undertake the review. The Group has prepared a draft structure for the qualifications and is now looking to gather views on their proposals from the wider youth work community.

This survey has been designed to gather views from youth workers, youth work employers and training providers.
It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

The deadline for completing the online survey is 07 December 2020.

The Steering Group is also planning to conduct interviews with interested parties. If you have things that you would like to say about the SVQs in Youth Work, you can express interest in being interviewed in the final section of the survey.