I attended a meeting last week about Sector Panels.
SQA is looking at the possibility of creating Sector Panels to provide advice and support to Qualifications Managers. The Panels would advise QMs about external trends and also identify priorities for development. The QM would then decide if these developments were feasible and, if so, ask the Qualifications Support Teams to assist him to produce the required awards.
New Panels will be created in four subject areas - and Computing is one of them. Members will be drawn from a variety of backgrounds and will include employers, IT companies, representatives of the Sector Skills Council, representatives of national organisations (such as the Scottish Executive and SFEU), college representatives, training providers and individuals with key knowledge and experience.
It's hoped to have the first meeting of the Computing Sector Panel next Spring so I'm busy trying to identify suitable members. Don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to be considered for membership.