New Can Do Partner, Nicola Smith, Development Officer at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (SCQF), joins us to discuss her role within the organisation and her passion for collective impact….
Hi Nicola, welcome to Can Do! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?:
I am the Development Officer responsible for employer engagement at the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Partnership. I help organisations make their recruitment as wide and inclusive as possible by increasing their understanding of the range of alternative qualifications being taken across Scotland and beyond, and of the skills and experience people may have developed that are comparable to these qualifications.
About Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership?
The SCQF is Scotland’s national qualifications framework and provides a way of recognising, describing and comparing the difficulty and notional time taken to achieve of a whole range of qualifications and learning programmes. In addition to mainstream qualifications, the SCQF also contains vocational and skills-based qualifications, and learning programmes developed and delivered in the workplace or community.
What motivated you to become a Scotland Can Do Partner?
I love the idea of collaboration for collective impact. If we all work together then we can achieve far greater things than we can by ourselves.
How do you contribute to the Scotland Can Do ambition; for Scotland to be the most entrepreneurial and innovative society for all?
By properly recognising the wide range of skills and abilities that we all have, we can make sure that everyone can reach their full potential, and play a part in Scotland’s success.
Just for fun… What is the most true stereotype of Scottish people or Scotland?
I love that fact that Scottish people are generally very friendly and will talk to anyone. I have had some amazing conversations on the bus with complete strangers.
If you would like help to make your recruitment as inclusive as possible by understanding the range of alternative qualifications available in Scotland, visit SQCF or email: N.firstname.lastname@example.org