SVQ Awards Ceremony Celebrates Achievements

Over 150 people attended West Lothian College’s recent SVQ Award Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of hundreds of work-based students in workplaces across Scotland.

SVQ Awards Ceremony celebrates achievements

West Lothian College delivers over 900 SVQs (Scottish Vocational Qualifications) to employees every year. SVQs are work-based qualifications that enable individuals to undertake practical assessment on the job in their workplace.

The ceremony took place on Thursday June 20 at Livingston Football Club and successful students received certificates from the college’s Principal, Jackie Galbraith. She said “Completing a qualification while working is a major achievement and I would like to congratulate everyone who gained their SVQ this year.”

Kevin Neary, co-founder of Aid and Abet, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. He spoke about his personal journey and how proud he was to be graduating that evening with an SVQ in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 7 – his first ever qualification.

Vice Chair of the college’s Board of Management, Sue Cook, presented four special awards on the evening. These were:

SVQ Candidate of the Year

Esra Tierney

Modern Apprentice of the Year

Michael Cairney

Excellent Practice

Jill Denholm

Outstanding Achievement

Susan Mooney

Diane Mitchell, Head of Workforce Development at West Lothian College said “We were delighted to have had such a big turnout for the event. Our awards ceremony is always a highlight of the year and we wish our awardees the very best for the future.”

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Photos from the event can be found here