Frequently Asked Questions
How will I pay for my course?
Course Costs / Funding
Q. Train receive funding to pay for your training from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) for 16-19 year olds and Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for 20 year olds plus.
For 16-19 year olds contact:
Skills Development Scotland
79 Shandwick Pl, Edinburgh EH2 4SD
Phone: 0800 917 8000
For 20 year olds plus contact:
Student Awards Agency, Broomhouse Dr, Edinburgh EH11 3UT
Phone: 0300 555 0505
Please contact Q. Train Limited for further information on grant funding and course start dates, and availability.
To download the application forms, for more information on how to complete the SAAS application and for eligibility details go to: www.saas.gov.uk/
How long does the course take to complete?
SVQ's are individually tailored and 12 - 18 months is a guideline for completion.
What about on-going support?
At Q. Train you are allocated a dedicated assessor from start to successful completion. If at any point you require additional support then your assessor is available to give you that extra one to one you might need.
We do not stop once you’re qualified. If at any time throughout your career you need training or career advice then just get in touch and we will do our best to give you support or advice on where to go to look for a new job or even help when writing that all-important CV or job application.
What age do I need to be to apply?
We have candidates from 16 years to 60 years. At Q. Train we value life-long learning for all ages, so we do not put restrictions on the age of applicants.
At Q. Train we accept candidates based on their experience with children and their enthusiasm to learn.
16-19 year olds will be given support to seek employment as a modern apprenticeship if they do not have employment already.
Applicants 20 years plus must however be in a voluntary or employment basis within a childcare setting, as the qualification is a work based qualification and observation assessment working with children is mandatory. A small essay is part of our application process to assess your training needs.
What checks are made for those working with children?
Childcare has a strict vetting process and this consists of:-
A PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups).
A police check by Disclosure Scotland.
The childcare setting (employer) will be responsible for carrying out the vetting procedure with you and once this has been carried out, a final start date will be confirmed.
How do I apply?
16 – 19 year olds - Modern Apprenticeships SVQs
When we receive your forms you will be invited for an information session interview date at our Edinburgh or Glasgow office. Successful applicants will be informed. A placement or employment opportunity will be organised if necessary, as you must be working with children to complete the qualification. A date for your induction session to start the qualification will be arranged.
20 year olds plus - Open Assessment SVQs
SAAS Grant Application: Along with your application form you also need to download and complete a SAAS grant application form and get your employer to complete the SAAS certification of income form or provide three copies of your latest payslips. If you are not employed then complete a SAAS self-employed form.
20 year olds plus must be employed or find a voluntary placement themselves to be eligible for application. Please contact us for support to complete the grant form.
To download the application forms, for more information on how to complete the SAAS application, and for eligibility details go to: www.saas.gov.uk/
- Post Your SVQ Application Form & Signed SAAS Grant Application To:
Q. TRAIN LIMITED,
Office Space Scotland,
7-9 North St David Street,
When we receive your forms you will be invited for an information session interview date at our Edinburgh or Glasgow office. Successful applicants will be informed. A date for your induction session to start the qualification will be arranged.
What is expected of me during my SVQ?
As well as a commitment to studying and working towards achievement of your SVQ, a passion for working with children and young people is paramount.
Childcare work is very rewarding and requires a range of personal qualities such as an enthusiasm for working with children. You will need the ability to deal calmly with children's behaviour and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
If you have these qualities and want to do something worthwhile, then childcare is the career for you. Please read our childcare training & support page for more information about future careers in childcare.
HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO SPEND STUDYING?
We recommend that you should set aside an average of three hours per week for SVQ course work, to enable you to keep up a steady pace of progress throughout the Level 3 award. We anticipate that the CCLD Level 3 should take approximately 12 to a maximum of 18 months to complete.
16 – 19 year olds - Modern Apprenticeships SVQ's
You will be employed full time in a nursery and attend tutorial and support sessions in the training centre for a minimum of two sessions per month. Your assessor will arrange visits to the nursery at agreed times to observe and assess your practice.
20 year olds plus - Open Assessment SVQ's
You will be employed or a volunteer in a childcare setting and attend support sessions in the training centre and your assessor will arrange visits at your workplace at agreed times to observe and assess your practice.