GCVS was first established as an SVQ centre over 20 years ago, beginning with just one assessor, offering one award. Over the years, and responding to demand from the third sector, our SVQ centre has grown from strength to strength.
We now offer a variety of SVQ awards ranging from Social Services and Healthcare, to Business Administration, Management and Community Development.
Since the centre began, GCVS has helped to shape the vocational training of hundreds of third sector employees and volunteers, supporting the development of their skills and practice with nationally recognised qualifications.
Why Choose an SVQ?
An SVQ (Scottish Vocational Qualification) is a work based qualification which demonstrates that your candidate has the skills, experience and practice to carry out their role to a nationally recognised standard. An SVQ is not just about demonstrating the knowledge that the candidate has. It forces candidates to examine what they do, why they do it and how they do it.
The only entry requirement for an SVQ is that the candidate be employed or volunteering in a position that allows them to gather the appropriate evidence for the level of award being undertaken. There are no formal tests or exams.
Each SVQ is comprised of mandatory units combined with a number of optional units which are selected based on the roles and responsibilities of your candidate.
“It was a great experience to be part of, I felt the support from my assessor invaluable and he was able to continue to motivate
me and guide me through the process. I am keen to consider further courses like this to continue to develop my skills.”
SVQ Candidate, Management Level 4
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