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Management & leadership VQ

Management & Leadership

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) in Management are nationally recognised awards accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and are aimed at senior managers who have substantial programmes and resources, and are able to influence the strategic development of an organisation. Management SVQs are aimed at people in management roles across all occupations and sectors of employment. Like all SVQs this qualification is competence based. This means that it is linked to the candidate's ability to competently perform a range of tasks connected with their work.

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Who is it for?

Who is this SVQ for?

These SVQs are work-orientated qualifications and are suitable for those who undertake Management related activities. They are open to candidates with no entry barriers or previous academic attainment or learning.

What is its purpose?

What is its purpose?

The aim of these qualifications is to recognise the skills and competences of candidates in the workplace. These qualifications provide individuals with an opportunity to demonstrate skills and knowledge needed for a career in Management and Leadership. The units encompass a broad range of competencies from the Management and Leadership sector.

Units

What does the SVQ in Management & Leadership consist of?

The SVQ consists of a number of Units adopting the following format:

• Unit summary

• Outcomes of effective performance

• Behaviours which underpin effective performance

• Knowledge and understanding

• Evidence requirements

Units are simply different tasks that are familiar areas of work to all managers

Each unit consists of:

• Unit summary

This provides information on what the unit is about, who the unit is intended for, links with other units and a list of the main generic units which are needed. This section of the unit is for guidance.

• Outcomes of effective performance

This section describes the activities managers are expected to perform.

• Behaviours which underpin effective performance

This section outlines the soft skills which managers need in order to carry out their role effectively.

• Knowledge and understanding

This is split into general knowledge and understanding; industry / sector specific knowledge and understanding; and context specific knowledge and understanding. This section defines the knowledge and understanding required to carry out the role effectively.

• Evidence requirements for the Unit

This section lists the evidence required to prove competence and also provides examples of possible evidence. In addition, it shows the behaviours, knowledge and understanding that the example evidence is likely to be able to generate. Assessment of SVQs in Management will be based on a number of key principles, which are covered in the Assessment Strategy

SVQ Levels

SVQ Level 2

Team Leading

SVQ - Level 2

The SVQ in Team Leading (SCQF level 5) has been specially designed for team leaders (with limited authority for managing resources) that are looking to motivate their team members and achieve agreed outputs. The qualification aims to give participants an opportunity to develop the core competences needed by today's team leaders. Participants take four mandatory units plus two optional units. The wide choice of optional units gives a high level of flexibility, allowing the qualification to be tailored to meet the varying needs of participants and employers across all employment sectors.

To achieve the full award, candidates must complete six units, including four mandatory units and 2 optional units.

Candidates choose the optional units which best suit their work situation and job role.

SVQ Level 3

Management

SVQ - Level 3

The SVQ in Management (SCQF level 6) has been specially designed for first line managers with responsibility for: managing budgets, allocating work to team members/colleagues/contractors, achieving specific results and for some decision making. The qualification aims to give participants an opportunity to develop their management performance, become more effective and to progress their career. Participants take four mandatory units plus three optional units. The wide choice of optional units gives a high level of flexibility, allowing the qualification to be tailored to meet the varying needs of participants and employers across all employment sectors.

To achieve the full award, candidates must complete seven units, including two mandatory units and five optional units. Candidates choose the optional units which best suit their work situation and job role.

SVQ Level 4

Management

SVQ - Level 4

The Management level 4 qualification is aimed at individuals with more personal responsibility and autonomy in their management role than at level 3, who have the ability and the opportunity to demonstrate recognisable management and leadership skills. To achieve the full award candidates must complete eight units, including four mandatory units and four optional units.

SVQ Level 5

Management

SVQ - Level 5

The SVQ in Management (SCQF level 11) has been specially designed for senior managers with a high degree of autonomy for deploying resources and achieving strategic goals. The qualification aims to give participants an opportunity to develop their professional management skills, knowledge and understanding. Participants take three mandatory units plus four optional units. The wide choice of optional units gives a high level of flexibility, allowing the qualification to be tailored to meet the varying needs of participants and employers across all employment sectors

NEW PDA

New PDA in Strategic Leadership

The Vocational Training team at the Chamber has introduced a new qualification to its portfolio of national management awards – the Professional Development Award (PDA) in Strategic Leadership. This PDA helps the individual to develop skills as a manager/leader and gives an insight into strategic development with the aim of improving effective contribution. It builds on previous experience at first line management position.

The PDA is about contributing to the strategic process in organisations. It covers different strategic concepts, establishing a strategic position and methods of working out a strategy — particularly the production of a strategic plan. The PDA is suitable for:

  • middle managers

  • departmental managers

  • aspiring middle managers

For further information on the PDA Awards, please contact George Brand on (01224) 343914