Drumbeat helped Jennifer Earle to achieve her SVQ in kiltmaking, despite many challenges along the way!

Frances Nolan of Drumbeat reports:

The delivery of this SVQ was initially scheduled to include a number of weekend workshops in Aberdeenshire plus workplace assessment in Jennifer’s workspace. This was interrupted by lockdown restrictions imposed in March 2020 which led us to develop remote training and support processes by

phone and Zoom until travel was allowed again. For most of 2020, Jennifer could not produce performance evidence because physical distancing guidance precluded contact with customers. Finally, assessment of Jennifer’s evidence was possible in the autumn of 2021 on the Isle of Arran.

To achieve the SVQ, each candidate needs to produce a minimum of six bespoke commercial quality kilts covering defined areas.

For every kilt, we needed to see the kilts and the customer’s measurements, the work specification, a sample of the fabric, pictures of the candidate working on it and of the customer wearing it plus the candidate’s statement (written or audio) giving the story of everything they did from first contact with the customer to the kilt leaving their tender care with a satisfied wearer.