The Modern Apprenticeship Group (MAG) – which is responsible for approving and de-approving MA Frameworks in Scotland – is seeking feedback from STF members on how to address issues relating to the separate certification of Core Skills.
At present, many MA Frameworks do NOT require some or all of the core skills to be separately certificated. This is because the owner of the Framework (the Sector Skills Council) has supplied a `core skills mapping’ to MAG which indicates that the core skills are, broadly speaking, embedded within the mandatory units of the SVQ in the Framework.
However these mappings are not formally audited – they are accepted at face value – and candidates do not receive any formal recognition that they have achieved the core skills deemed to be embedded.
MAG has a number of options available to address this issue:
- Formally audit all core skills mappings
- Insist that all core skills are separately certificated
- Keep things as they are.
A formal audit of core skills mappings could provide benefits to candidates, but would be costly for awarding bodies. Separate certification of all core skills would impact on training providers with increased registration and certification fees.
Accordingly, although the current situation is not perfect, STF believes that MAG should maintain the status quo and continue to accept core skills mappings. STF will submit a formal response to MAG in the next few weeks – and would welcome feedback from members. A paper which examines the issues in more detail can be downloaded via the link below.
The deadline for completed responses is Monday 1 August 2016.