Autodesk and the Scottish Qualifications Authority Announce Collaboration
15 January 2007
Autodesk has entered an agreement with the Scottish Qualifications Authority to collaborate on new digital and ICT curriculum and qualifications for schools and colleges in Scotland.
Autodesk will join global technology leaders such as Adobe, Microsoft and Oracle, together with the computing industry trade association CompTIA, in participating in SQA’s ground breaking collaborative programme called the Digital media and ICT Vendor Alliance (DIVA).
The programme is already benefiting young people studying at schools and colleges who want to access the IT and creative industries, which are amongst the fastest growing areas of the UK economy.
Collaboration plans for the next phase include:
· Mapping of vendor certifications and materials onto existing Higher National and National Certificate units in computing, multimedia and technology.
· Potential for development of new units where applicable.
· Development of new learner support materials from industry into all levels of ICT and digital media education.
· Professional development opportunities for Scottish teachers and lecturers to train in the latest technologies and courses.
· Development of learning pathways for new career opportunities in ICT and digital media industries, in line with the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF).
Tom Drake, SQA’s interim Chief Executive, said: "Through the DIVA Project, working with global partners, we are making great progress in giving learners and teachers across Scotland access to curriculum materials and support, and delivering Scottish Qualifications that are relevant to industry and business."
As in the first round of the programme, Autodesk was selected following a detailed market survey commissioned by SQA in the autumn of 2005. Details of the collaboration are set out below.
For additional information about Autodesk, please visit www.autodesk.com/