RT Resources have been working with SQA for some time delivering Business Admin MA’s. During the pandemic, SQA recruited 6 new Business Admin Modern Apprentices, who have been working from their own homes since starting their employment.
Dawnne Mahmoud, Director of People at SQA, says forward planning was needed to create a foundation on which the new apprentices could build on their skills and confidence. Dawne explains;
“We developed a six-week series of virtual workshops to equip the new apprentices with core skills necessary in the world of work, and which will help them as they undertake their Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Business and Administration. Our apprentices also have access to online resources, which highlight the importance of mental health, and self-care.”
Sarah-Anne Rooney, SQA Employee Development Programme Manager, says that working in partnership with Claire McCallum of training provider RT Resources, has allowed apprentices to progress with their SVQ. Sarah Anne adds:
“Claire and the team have enabled our apprentices to continue capturing relevant evidence for their qualification. Together we have supported our apprentices – and their Line Managers, and Mentors – to move forward with a programme that is conducive to remote working.”
Claire acknowledges that there are challenges in some sectors, but adds that for many Modern Apprentices, undertaking their SVQ remotely has presented them with opportunities to develop new and existing skills.
Read the full story from the SQA web site here.