Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife and Borders Regional Articulation Hub
Rosemary Allford – Project Manager
Andrew Comrie – Director of ELRAH
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Articulate into Energy
The principal driver for this proposal arises from the need for
workforce development and capacity building to drive economic
Powering the UK 2 – Ernst & Young with Energy UK
Direct employment grew from 80,000 to 137,000 between 2008 and 2011
Strong job creation across regions most needing them.
Expected to continue to create jobs and drive value creation. By 2024 the
Sector will have to Recruit 35,000 new employees
Total direct and indirect jobs now Over 654,000
Integrated offering of training interventions from introductory to
professional qualifications (Modern Apprenticeship to Graduate)
Energy Skills Action Group for Scotland March 2013 (Scottish Power)
Education and Skills Providers will need to increase by 80% to meet these
Over this time there will be an 80% loss of the existing workforce
Build Sustainable Business
Model post 2013
Articulation to degree level
Integration with SCQF
HN Qualification (SCQF
level 7/8) in Energy for
Focus inc social
(New) PDA in Maths
Strategic Project Aims
Collaborative Partnership between Colleges, HEIs,
employers, and industry bodies.
Embed the SCQF to underpin the Workforce
Capacity building through a part-time work based
Gain academic credit through a cumulative approach to
CPD and credit rated units
Articulation to degree level study from SCQF level 7/ 8
Technological Innovation emergent from the College,
HE, Employer Partnership
Key Project Objectives
Mapping of articulation and WBL routes from HN
Systems Engineering into Year 3 BA (Hons)
Engineering and Environmental Technology
(Edinburgh Napier University)
re-design of existing relevant Engineering
degrees for work-based delivery
Development of Specialist Professional
Maths for Engineering (based on prior ELRAH-
funded work progressed by Forth Valley College
and Heriot-Watt University) credit rated into the
SCQF at Levels 7 and 8
Articulation mapping of degree level study from
HN Qualifications in Engineering which can be
continued in the workplace.
Effective collaborative working between
college, HEI and industry partners.
WBL Model that is transferrable.
New provision at SCQF Level 7 PDA in
Process Optimisation accredited by SQA and
aligned to industry needs.
Enhanced mathematics to address deficiencies
identified for success in study at degree level
and entry to workplace.
What we have achieved
Project Board established with employer, HEI
and College representation.
Funding has been secured for the development
PDA Process Optimisation (SCQF funded)
Additional maths units/PDA (ESP funded)
Mapping of degree and college delivered HNC/
Engineering Systems to Edinburgh Napier’s BA (Hons)
Engineering and Environmental Technology (Edinburgh
Napier University) for 2+2 and work-based delivery.
(Edinburgh Napier University).
New Maths Units/PDA has been produced
New PDA in Process Optimisation has been
What is still in progress
Mapping of HN Engineering Systems to the BA
(Hons) Engineering and Environmental Technology
offered by Edinburgh Napier University.
Final framework for WBL delivery
These are due to be completed by September 2013.
Challenges Faced during Pilot
Level of complexity
Producing a business case for the original
proposed WBL model that provided a
compelling case to gain support from the
Changing Operating Environment as a result of
College Merger, announcement of additional
places for articulation in December 2012 with a
focus on 2+2 developments.
Securing funding for development activities
Sustainable Employer Engagement
Institutional/School Readiness: has informed the
creation of Project Board.
Programme Design: used to inform the design of
the new PDA qualifications developed by the College
partners and where PDAs agree developed and
validated by HEI partners.
Revised Toolkit: Resource dedicated to the
development of the revised version of the WBL model
and the viewpoints cards.