I met with Genny Dixon of E-Skills this afternoon to discuss how SQA is going to create new SVQs from the revised National Occupational Standards (NOS).
E-Skills has been working on the IT User Standards for the past year and they are now (almost) in final form. My team's task is now to create equivalent SVQs to match the new Standards. We're hoping to do this over the next five months and have the new qualifications available to centres from August.
All vocational qualifications are based on the NOS, so the new Standards have important implications for all SQA IT awards in that everything we produce in the future must reference these Standards.
Contact Shirley is you want to be involved in developing the new SVQs or want to know more about SVQs in IT.