Thursday, 19 August 2004

Awarding Body Forum

The E-Skills Awarding Body Forum met today. The Forum consists of representatives of various awarding bodies (such as City & Guilds and EdExcel but including SQA) who meet to discuss areas of common interest relating to S/NVQs.

Today's meeting focussed on the new IT User awards and the IT Professional awards which are currently under development. The main news relating to IT User is that E-Skills is about to finalise a credit transfer system to allow candidates to transfer "old" units to the "new" units. The system isn't quite finalised but when it is SQA will produce its own credit transfer system (based on E-Skills framework).

The awarding bodies agreed to jointly develop evidence requirements for the new IT Professional Standards. This means that the same standards will be applied to anyone across the UK who undertakes these new qualifications. More information will follow. The IT Professional SVQs will be available from 1 January 2005.

Please subscribe to the SVQ online community to keep up-to-date with developments. Contact Jack Robertson if you have specific queries relating to IT User or John Coleman if you have specific queries relating to IT Professional.

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