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Playwork Modern Apprenticeships

Are you looking to qualify an employee working within the Playwork Sector?

Modern Apprenticeships programmes offer the chance for students to gain a recognised qualification in Playwork. The cost of training is fully financed by Glasgow Clyde College, with funding from Skills Development Scotland (SDS). 

The training and development of the playwork workforce plays a critical role in ensuring that the services children and young people receive are high quality, effective and efficient. Qualification development for the sector reflects the needs of employers and regulation and registration by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) ensures that good practice is subsequently well embedded.

Course content

SVQ Playwork at SCQF 7 – This will be assessed in the work place to suit company requirements.

Teaching methods and assessment

All our programmes are delivered using a wide range of teaching techniques, including tutorials, access to virtual learning environment and e.portfolio.

All Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) vocational courses are continually assessed by observation of competent workplace practice and written, online and oral assessment. A dedicated SVQ Assessor will be assigned to work with your Modern Apprentices for the duration of their training, this would involve regular visits to the workplace.

Fees and materials

The cost of the training will be fully financed by Skills Development Scotland.


Completion of the Modern Apprenticeship and certification will qualify workers to be recognised as Playwork practitioners in a number of areas within the sector supporting children and young people, in services underpinned by the Playwork Principles. Playwork practitioners may be employed in the private sector, local authority, third sector, such as out of school care, outdoor play services, open access play services and education or youth support roles, etc. Playwork practitioners are employed in a range of services for children and young people as playworkers, support for learning staff, etc. Playwork practitioners may be employed to engage with children and young people in community setting’s or their own home, as childminder or foster carers, and may engage with vulnerable children and their families who may present complex needs.

Careers or further study

Successful completion of the programme may provide access to higher levels of study, such as the PDA in Childhood Practice at SCQF 8 or the SVQ Playwork at SCQF 9. This programme offers recognised SQA qualifications.


1 to 2 years of work-based training and assessment


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