29 November 2012
The new employer-assessed Certificate of Work Readiness
- developed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and
accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) - is
being trialled in five areas across Scotland.
This pilot coordinates with SDS's new approach to supporting
people and enabling those seeking a positive path into training or
employment to get the one-to-one support they need from a work
SDS work coach Alex MacDonald was on hand to see some of the
first participants pick up the new qualification in Inverness on
"I have loved every moment of working on this pilot," Alex said:
"The young people involved have all learned so much working towards
this certificate. Each one has moved on to employment or further
education so it has been really rewarding."
He added: "The results are testament to the success of the new
work coach role. It is allowing us to work closely with the
individual and really understand their needs. The pilot has been a
success for everyone involved but most importantly, it has
delivered positive outcomes for the young people involved."
Among those receiving the Certificate at the graduation ceremony
in the Archive Centre in Inverness, was Dean Andrew.
Through discussions and activities agreed with his work coach
the 18-year-old from Tain was able to identify his strengths and
Dean also benefitted from the support provided by Barnardo's
Works' employer liaison officer, Aidan Tracey who organised a work
placement for Dean with Asda's Inverness store. Dean enjoyed
learning new skills and felt the experience helped him learn about
different roles in the workplace and build his confidence. He hopes
to be working in Asda's new store in his home town of Tain.
Aidan said: "It is always a highlight to see young people grow
in confidence and start to fulfil potential through gaining
He added: "Working with SDS and partners, we hope that the
Certificate of Work Readiness will become a trusted Scottish
qualification which will encourage employers to take on young
people and help young people evidence their potential."
'We hope that the Certificate of Work Readiness will become a
trusted Scottish qualification which will encourage employers to
take on young people and help young people evidence their