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Demand for SVQs for people working in adults and children’s services is expected to rise, our latest annual report SVQs in the Scottish Social Service Sector 2017/18 shows.

The report presents a detailed analysis of the entries (registrations) and awards (certifications) in relevant SVQs for the adults and children and young people frameworks. The report focuses on data from 2016-17 and 2017-18. It also includes the proportion of SVQ activity made up by modern apprenticeships (MAs) in Scotland. The report looks at the registrations and certifications by level and framework.

Information is also provided on annual trends in registrations and certifications by framework and level from 2012-13 onwards. In 2012-13 there were fewer than 10,000 SVQ registrations which is the lowest number seen since before 2005. However, since 2012-13 there has been an increase of 10% in registrations, although overall numbers have remained at around 10,750 in the last two years.

A key driver for SVQ activity is SSSC registration requirements which mean workers need to gain certain qualifications (including SVQs) to register and continue to practise. The report begins by looking at the relationship between SSSC registration and demand for SVQs.

There are currently over 50,000 individuals on our Register with a qualification condition. For around 90% of these registrants an SVQ would meet their requirement. As well as current registrants a further 30,000 plus individuals are expected to join the register by September 2020. This is due to both the expansion of early learning and childcare provision and the opening of the Register to workers in care at home and housing support.

This report will help education and training providers, employers, employees and other partners involved in workforce development activities.

Read the SVQs in the Scottish Social Service Sector 2017/18 report here.