Fife Chamber Backs SCQF Inclusive Recruiters Scheme

7th July 2022

As an organisation who recruits from, and strongly supports the armed forces community, Fife Chamber of Commerce backs the SCQF Inclusive Recruiters Scheme.

The qualifications landscape in Scotland has changed significantly over the last decade. The SCQF is Scotland's national qualifications framework and provides a way of recognising, describing and comparing the difficulty and notional time taken to achieve of a whole range of qualifications and learning programmes. In addition to mainstream qualifications, the SCQF also contains vocational and skills-based qualifications, and learning programmes developed and delivered in the workplace or community.


The aim of SCQF Inclusive Recruiter is to help employers understand that many different qualifications have the same worth and to encourage the use of SCQF Levels in the recruitment process to offer clarity around skills and experience.

In this challenging climate it’s even more important to put the right person with the right skills in the right job.


When recruiting staff, how you specify the level of skill or competence that you need applicants to have is important. Job adverts often ask for applicants to have a 'degree or equivalent', or a specific number of Highers or equivalent. Understanding what that ‘equivalent’ might be is essential to maximising the range and diversity of potential applicants. For example, a Higher sits at level 6 on the SCQF, however 93% of qualifications at level 6 on the SCQF are not Highers. By using the SCQF levels in your recruitment processes instead of specific qualifications, you can significantly widen your pool of applicants, who may have a variety of qualifications or skills and experience at the required level, ensuring that employers get the best range of suitable candidates for their roles.

Find out more: SCQF Inclusive Recruiter | Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

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