June 2015 [Scotland]


Consultations - Digital Marketing SCQF 8 & Project Management SCQF 8 – Have your say

Skills CFA are working with SQA to develop a Technical Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing SCQF 8, and APM to develop Technical Apprenticeship in Project Management SCQF 8, which will further develop Digital Marketing and Project Management skills in Scotland.

We have created two short surveys, the Digital Marketing survey invites feedback relating to enhancements within the qualification.  The Project Management survey asks a number of questions relating to the development of this framework.

Digital Marketing Apprenticeship (Scotland) - https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/dLCNPL

Project Management SCQF 8 (Scotland) - https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/ycilaA

We would be grateful if you can spend approximately 10 minutes to let us know your views on the Technical Apprenticeship frameworks.

If you have any questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Dan Forbes on 020 7091 9620  


UKCES Scottish projects - involvement in groups

This year Skills CFA have been commissioned by UKCES to develop a new apprenticeship in Enterprise Skills in a Business Environment, new SVQs in Sales and to review the SVQ 4 in Business Administration.

We would like to hold employer and provider consultation groups over July and/or August and would very much like to hear from you if you would like to be involved.

For more information in regards to these projects, or to register your interest in participation, please contact Musa Ali, by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or telephone: 020 7091 9620.


Meet the Team - Musa Ali

  1. What do you do at Skills CFA?
  2. I am a Business Support Apprenticeship, working alongside the Senior Project Manager and Project Coordinator. My regular tasks include dealing with external queries with companies we work closely with as well as assisting with the development of qualifications and frameworks that impact apprentices nationwide. 

  3. How long have you been working here?
  4. I have been working with since December 2014, approximately six and a half months.

  5. What has been your favourite ‘project’ so far?

    My favourite project has been Korea Smiles. Skills CFA works with Slovakia, Finland and Korea on an ongoing basis on a mobility project that promotes working in different cultures. The Korea Smiles project was an intercultural module for a group of twelve Korean students over the course of four weeks, with one four hour session each week. What I did was engage with the students and gather an understanding of what they thought and had learned about British culture. I also gave a presentation on Pakistani culture, as that is where I am originally from. This project stands out in my mind as a favourite memory because it was an out of the ordinary and unique opportunity.

  6. What was your favourite subject in school?
  7. My favourite course was GCSE History. I am interested in all history, but we learned a lot about the Cold War. I did not limit my history knowledge to this level, however, and continue to learn about such events through documentaries and my travels. Once when I was visiting Pakistan we travelled to its border with China where I saw the old railway between the two countries, which is no longer in use and now covered in forest.

  8. If you could have any career what would it be?
  9. I watched a documentary recently about a man whose actual job is to watch paint dry. He is paid to sit in a room and watch the paint dry in different conditions and lighting. But honestly I find veterinary science very interesting, in particular those who go on to become equestrian vets. My brother’s close friend is studying this and I have looked at the books and it just seems like a very interesting career.

  10. What is your favourite movie quote? Why?
  11. ‘There is no tool in the pool’, from Hot Rod. It’s almost a B-movie. Can I change mine? How about ‘with great power comes great responsibility. (Spiderman)’

  12. If you could only eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  13. Smoky enchiladas. I am not a fan of barbeque sauce but this is my exception to the rule.

  14. You can only bring three things to a desert island. What are they?
  15. I would bring a pencil and a pad of paper so I could draw. Maybe I could write about my experiences and when I was rescued it would become a best seller. I would also bring a bottle because it would come in handy, even if only to catch rainfall.

  16. If you could switch places with anyone, alive or dead, for one day, who would it be and why?
  17. I would like to be Aristotle, if only to know what Earth and Greece was like back in 300BC. It’s not to see anything in particular, just civilization in general. The contrast between then and now would be quite cool to see.

  18. Would you rather have a penguin or a unicorn?
  19. I would have a penguin because it can survive in cold conditions.


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