Digital skills that extend beyond the boundaries of traditional academic subjects and permeate further into the way candidates work on all levels are increasingly sought after by employers. Schools need to find a balance between ensuring that all areas of the curriculum are covered, and blending into that the development of the skills and disciplines that can complement the academic grades, setting candidates apart when entering the jobs market.
Today the Scottish Qualifications Authority are hosting a combined launch event for the National Progression Awards in Digital Passport and PC Passport at SCQF Levels 4, 5 and 6.
Providing a digital skills qualification that is tied to the national curriculum in Scotland, the NPAs in PC Passport builds upon the existing qualification developed in 2007, and from early 2016 will be available to all centres. Further reinforcing the 21 century skills in high demand in the today's workplace, PC Passport integrates the Microsoft Office Specialist certification, giving students first-hand experience and skills in word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and databases. By learning to use this productivity software and taking advantage of its collaborative features and cloud storage alongside other areas of study, the students are able to put their new skills into practice straight away, improving the way they work both personally and with others.
Today's launch of the new PC Passport and Digital Passport qualifications from SQA will now allow educators to more closely align the digital skills required in industry to the qualification points that schools are ranked on. As part of the launch event in Glasgow attendees will hear from the SQA team behind the award, #MIEExpert David Renton will talk about how the awards can be delivered in the classroom, and Microsoft UK Education Director Steve Beswick will be delivering a keynote address.
For more information about these new awards please visit the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
MOS Scotland Championship
In addition to the launch of the new awards from SQA, Friday also sees the introduction of the MOS Scotland Championship, as part of the MOS World Championships. Two Scottish students will earn the chance to take part in the MOS UK Finals in June, where they will compete for a place in the MOS World Championship Final, which will be held at Walt Disney World in Orland, Florida in August 2016.
For more information about the MOS Scotland Championship, including entry instructions and key dates, please refer to the following blog post from Prodigy Learning: NEW: MOS Scotland Championship.