The DIVA project was started in 2004 to ensure that SQA vocational awards were compatible with the latest vendor skills. Since that time we have forged relationships with a wide range of vendors, including Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, and Adobe.
We normally agreed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with each vendor. These define how SQA and the vendor will work together. In many cases this has meant that SQA qualifications embedded vendor qualifications. Readers of the HN Review blog will know that we recently introduced a new way of recognising vendor qualifications using SCQF, which was possibly a world first for this kind of mutual recognition.
The DIVA project has been ran by the New Ventures team, led by Joe Wilson. Me and my team met with Joe and his team to discuss the hand-over of DIVA from New Ventures to Qualifications Development (my area). This means that my team will take forward links with vendors in future (or, at least, those vendors that deliver computing skills). The hand-over will be phased over the period from now to Christmas.
Please contact me if you want to know more about the vocational Computing team's links with vendor qualifications.