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SCQF Inclusive Recruiter recognition scheme

Support provided by Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

What does this involve?

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Partnership runs a recognition scheme, called SCQF Inclusive Recruiters, for employers who use SCQF levels in their recruitment instead of specific qualifications.

The process to become an SCQF Inclusive Recruiter is simple and does not cost anything. They will explain how to properly level your job roles and help you find the best wording to use in recruitment materials. You will then watch a short video and complete a knowledge quiz. Upon completion, both organisations sign a Memorandum of Understanding setting out their responsibilities. You'll then receive the SCQF Inclusive Recruiter logo for use on your website and recruitment materials.

How SCQF levels work

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) is Scotland’s national qualifications framework. It provides a way to recognise, describe and compare the difficulty and time required to achieve a range of qualifications and learning programmes. In addition to mainstream qualifications, the SCQF also includes vocational and skills-based qualifications and learning programmes developed and delivered in the workplace or community.

When recruiting staff, it is important how you specify the level of skill or competence that you need applicants to have. Job adverts often ask for applicants to have a degree or equivalent, or a specific number of Highers or equivalent. Understanding what that ‘equivalent’ might be is essential to maximise the range and diversity of potential applicants.

For example, a Higher sits at level 6 on the SCQF. However, 93% of qualifications at level 6 on the SCQF are not Highers. By using SCQF levels in your recruitment processes instead of specific qualifications, you can significantly widen your pool of applicants to ensure you get the best range of suitable candidates, who may have a variety of qualifications or skills and experience at the required level.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This recognition scheme is open to any organisation, regardless of size.

How long does this take?

Your initial discussion with the SCQF Employer Lead will take 30 to 45 minutes. The video and quiz will take around 30 minutes in total.

Next steps

Visit the SCQF website for more information, to find out how to become an SCQF Inclusive Recruiter and to see who has already signed up.

Support provided by Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework