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New qualification will help young people prepare for work

New qualification will help young people prepare for work

Thu, 2013-05-02 14:09

 

SCOTTISH businesses are backing a new employer assessed work experience based qualification to help young people prove they are ready for the world of work.

The Certificate of Work Readiness has been developed by Skills Development Scotland in response to feedback from employers that young people do not have the ‘soft skills’ required to meet the demands of the workplace.

It is targeted at 16 to 19 year-olds who have a positive “can do” attitude and features 190 hours of real life work experience.

Maggie Morrison, SDS board member and AGM HP Scotland, Enterprise Services, said: “It has been an age old complaint of the business community that those starting out on the first rung of the career ladder, no matter their academic ability, often do not have the practical know-how to succeed from day one. This Certificate is going to go further than anything before it in eliminating that doubt.”

The SQA-accredited Certificate takes an average of 10-12 weeks to complete and is unique in that it is only awarded following employer assessment.

Completion of the Certificate will greatly increase the young person’s employability as it shows they have met a standard employers are looking for.

The Certificate has attracted the backing of industries, employer bodies and companies of all sizes across Scotland.

To find out more, visit Skills Development Scotland’s web service for employers www.ourskillsforce.co.uk