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Thank you for your interest in the post of Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

SQA is the national qualifications awarding and accreditation body, and is at the heart of the education and training system in Scotland.

SQA helps people to realise their potential and to achieve their ambitions, and through this to benefit the economy, wider society, and the nation as a whole, by providing a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications and associated services. Based in Scotland, we work across the UK and internationally.

Our vision is to transform digitally our organisation to offer customers better service by delivering new enabling approaches.

This is an exciting time for SQA, and we’re looking for an experienced leader to work with a dedicated, passionate, expert staff to ensure that our qualifications and services are inclusive and accessible to all, that they deliver for the needs of employers and the economy, recognise the achievements of learners, and that they provide clear pathways to further learning or employment.

SQA plays a crucial role in ensuring that the skills, training, and education systems in Scotland are effective, and we are acutely aware of our responsibility to uphold both the accessibility and the credibility of Scotland’s qualifications system. This underpins key public policy areas, such as widening participation, narrowing the attainment gap, and providing the people and businesses of Scotland with the skills that they need for the future.

We would be delighted to hear from you, if you have the skills and experience for this post. Please contact Ken Dalgleish or Amy Gordon at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, to find out more.

David Middleton, CBE
SQA Chair