September 12th 2019 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Headline Sponsors


SQA helps people to realise their potential and to achieve their ambitions by providing a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications and associated services.

We work with schools, colleges, universities and training organisations to develop and deliver our qualifications and assessments. Around 15,000 teaching professionals and industry specialists support SQA operations annually, helping to ensure that SQA qualifications accurately reflect learners’ knowledge and skills and provide routes to jobs or further study.

SQA also awards a range of other qualifications, including customised awards to meet the needs of individual companies and organisations. In addition, SQA provides advice, support and services, such as expertise in assessment, that enable organisations to succeed in meeting a wide range of educational and workforce development challenges.

Based in Scotland, we work across the UK and internationally. Our people take great pride in offering exceptional customer service — which is acknowledged by government organisations, universities, businesses and individuals throughout the world.

Breakout Session Sponsors

Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University (RGU) is delighted to be working with Skills Development Scotland and employers at the forefront of developing and delivering Graduate Apprenticeships to help meet the future needs of business, organisations and the wider Scottish economy. RGU offers a growing range of Graduate Apprenticeships in the fields of business, construction, engineering, financial services and IT and is delighted to build upon its rich history of working in close partnership with employers via this innovative route to degree qualification.  This transformational work-based learning initiative is a complementary addition to the professional and industry-focused ethos which the University proudly adopts.  RGU has an outstanding reputation for producing highly employable graduates across a number of sectors leading to RGU being consistently ranked among the UK’s top universities for graduate employment.  RGU were also awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017 placing them in the top 20% of the best universities in the UK for the quality of its undergraduate teaching and learning.



The Open University

We are the most popular university in Scotland for flexible, part-time study. Social justice is at our core: our high quality education is accessible to all, regardless of age, income, qualifications or geography.

Working with our partners, from employers and trade unions, to schools and voluntary sector groups, we can deliver personalised, supported open learning to a wide range of people at every stage of life.


Fife College

Fife College provides relevant life-long learning opportunities for over 26,000 students with full-time, part-time, and evening study options available - from introductory and access programmes, through craft and intermediate levels to higher diplomas, degrees and post-graduate studies.

Offering world-class facilities and experienced staff, Fife College works closely with SDS, awarding bodies, sector skills councils and employers to ensure that companies from across all sectors are able to access the required training to meet their own demand for a skilled workforce. 

The extensive portfolio of education and training services developed and delivered by the College ranges from completely managed Modern Apprenticeships (MAs), Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs), Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and accredited courses in all major disciplines, to the provision of work-based assessors and training advisors.