Sandy Miller (Development)

Management & Competence Development Specialist

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)

Leadership & Management Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)

The SVQs in Leadership and Management are work-based qualifications, which set the level of competence required by managers in their particular sector.  SVQs assess the skills and knowledge people have and need to perform their job role effectively.  The levels assigned to the SVQs relate to the responsibilities of a person’s actual job.  In undertaking this Award, candidates will be expected to have responsibility for managing resources, providing leadership for his/her team, allocating work to others, and ensuring health and safety requirements are met.

SVQs describe what someone who is competent in an occupation can do.  SVQs are based on national standards of competence. These are drawn up by standards setting bodies on behalf of the industry, and detail what is required to prove competence in the occupation the SVQ covers.

SVQs are recognised world-wide.  They are the Scottish equivalent of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

These qualifications are jointly awarded/accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).  Candidates for SVQs in Team Leading and Management are encouraged to register for free 12 month student membership of the Chartered Management Institute.n


Sandy Miller (Development), in partnership with Nigg Skills Academy, offers individually tailored programmes leading to the following vocational qualifications in Leadership and Management:

  • SVQ in Management at SCQF level 7;
  • SVQ in Management at SCQF level 9;
  • SVQ in Management at SCQF level 11.