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Certificate of Work Readiness

The Certificate of Work Readiness is an award for young people who are ready for their first experience of the world of work, but need some help.

The qualification includes a quality work experience placement as well as classroom based learning - the perfect combination that tells employers the person is ready for the workplace.

  • Employers who want to know more about how the Certificate of Work Readiness can help them gain a work-ready member of staff, should visit Our Skillsforce.
  • Individuals can find out more about the qualification by visiting My World of Work.
  • Learning and training providers interested in taking part can find out more from Provider Central.

Watch our video explaining how the Certificate of Work Readiness worked for Enable Scotland and Hazeldene Horticulture.

Watch more of our videos explaining the benefits of the Certificate of Work Readiness

Key facts

  • SQA approved

  • Recognised across Scotland

  • 190 hours work experience

  • Employer assessed

  • Can be used to lead into Modern Apprenticeship


"The Certificate of Work Readiness is a huge benefit for employers looking to take on reliable, enthusiastic new recruits."
Lynn Walker, Operations Manager for cleaning and support services company ISS

"We are very pleased with the learner's transition from the college to the workplace. All the learners have demonstrated an enthusiasm to be here."
Lindsey Elder, Human Resources, Dawnfresh