Last chance to shape a new Scottish craft qualification

,  18 September 2015

As we enter the final stages of developing these career pathways into the craft sector, we need your thoughts on the Modern Apprenticeship model. If you work in Scottish craft, please take our survey.

We have an online survey that should take no longer than five minutes to complete. (Image: James Fletcher)
We have an online survey that should take no longer than five minutes to complete. (Image: James Fletcher)

If you work in craft in Scotland you may have heard via newsletters, web articles and online surveys about a brand new Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) and Modern Apprenticeship for craft makers and those aspiring to be makers in the future. 

The SVQ is a qualification in its own right, but will also form the centre of a Modern Apprenticeship, which makers have helped to create with Creative & Cultural Skills.

The qualifications are called ‘Skills for Craft Businesses’ and combine mandatory units covering the skills, techniques, materials, concepts and design of making with optional units in business development and craft specialisms.

Help shape the qualification by taking this short survey.

Working with 5,000 craft makers

Creative & Cultural Skills has reached out to over 5,000 makers through support organisations like Applied Arts Scotland, Craft Scotland, Creative Scotland, Emergents, Fife Contemporary Arts & Crafts and Dumfries & Galloway support networks, as well as attending the inspiring XpoNorth event in June. 

We have spoken to makers from over 20 different craft disciplines from all over the Scottish regions and liaised with some Schools of Art and Further Education colleges.

The qualifications have been written to allow learners to contextualise the learning to the craft discipline of their choice. 

This was decided to give a stronger voice to craft as a collective rather than creating individual discipline pathways. It also allows learners to be more flexible and try different crafts to find their niche and unique style. 

The benefits to apprentices and employers

With regards to the Modern Apprenticeship, the working group – comprising of makers and craft support organisations as well as education providers – envisaged the benefits of the qualification to those entering the craft sector as:

  • building skills
  • the development of their own style
  • experience in the real world of making. 

Craft employers, through taking on an apprentice, will have the chance to:

  • expand their business
  • develop a retirement plan
  • develop their portfolio or develop a new line with the apprentice’s area of interest
  • learn what it is like to hire staff within a supportive structure.

We need your input

As we enter the final stages of the processes for developing these two career pathways into the craft sector, we need your thoughts on the Modern Apprenticeship model. 

We have an online survey that should take no longer than five minutes to complete, with 10 straightforward questions. Some background on the qualifications, the units incorporated and the aims and approach of Modern Apprenticeship is explained at the start of the survey. 

We would really like to know what you think an apprentice might do day-to-day and if there are any additional qualifications you think it might be helpful for an apprentice to complete as part of the Modern Apprenticeship portfolio. 

The survey closes 7pm on 30 September 2015. Please follow this link to access the survey.


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