Council training partnership in line for national award

A Moray Council training centre is in line for two prestigious national education awards.

Moray’s SVQ Centre is on the shortlist for the Innovation of the Year award – and is also a finalist in the Partnership of the Year category at the SQA Star Awards for 2014.

The annual awards recognise both individuals and organisations who deliver SQA qualifications that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to learning.

Nomination acknowledges the work Moray Council has carried out in partnership with Quarriers. This includes offering unpaid carers the opportunity to study for a SVQ level 2 which recognises the skills and knowledge they have developed and gives them the opportunity to demonstrate transferable skills.

The awards ceremony is to be held on Friday, November 7 at Glasgow Clyde College’s Anniesland Campus, where council staff will be joined by students, teachers and employers from training providers from throughout Scotland.

A total of fifteen awards will be presented for categories including School and College Candidates of the Year, the Academic Excellence award, Appointee of the Year and SQA Champion.

Of the category winners, two will be chosen to collect SQA’s distinguished “Pride o’ Worth” awards – so named after the SQA motto and taken from Robert Burns’ poem, “A Man’s a Man for A’ That”.

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said: “The SQA Star Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise learners for their achievements – but also acknowledge the outstanding work of our centres, the schools, colleges, training providers and employers who deliver our qualifications.

“The ceremony gives us a chance to thank the people who give our learners the guidance and encouragement they need to realise their potential.

“I congratulate all the finalists on making it this far in the competition and wish them the very best of luck on the night!”

The SQA Star Awards will be hosted by TV and radio presenter Kaye Adams and is supported by a number of sponsors, including Education Scotland, the SCQF Partnership and Skills Development Scotland.

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