The Scottish Personal Licence Holder qualifications, required by anyone holding a personal licence in Scotland to authorise the sale of alcohol, or manage or supervise in premises where alcohol is sold, are currently undergoing an independent review to ensure the qualifications are fit for purpose and add value to businesses.
Scottish Government has contracted skills and quality assurance expert, People 1st International, to undertake the review, which is currently underway.
Operators, training providers, awarding organisations and other stakeholders right the way across the licensed retail industry are being engaged to ensure the views of the industry are heard and incorporated into the revised standards. Ultimately, the aim is to transform them into simple, fit for purpose qualifications that provide individuals with a professional development standard – as well as meeting licensing legislation.
Having already conducted phase one of the review process working with an industry steering group and gaining initial views via an online consultation, People 1st International then conducted a series of focus groups to discuss the detail of the qualification content with experienced operators. People 1st International will also continue to work with trade bodies to gather the views of their members over the next couple of months.
A further online consultation will be launched in this August to gather the views of the wider industry. Your views are critical. Please get involved and have your say on the proposed content of the revised standard. Highfield will notify relevant centres when the consultation is live.
People 1st International will be submitting the revised standard to the Regulator, SQA Accreditation for approval in October 2019 and the new qualifications are planned to be available in May 2020.