Rowan Alba specialises in SVQ’s and Trauma Training for Frontline Workers 


Covid – 19: Lockdown is no barrier to Learning!

We are now delivering all of our SVQ’s, and Training Sessions, online via Zoom and Whatsapp. See our News Page for further details, and keep an eye out for some of our short training videos on the website.



At Rowan Learning Centre we offer a range of learning options, from our Free ‘Introduction to SVQ’s’ to The Industry Standard Assessors Qualification. Read more below about the benefits to you, and your organisation.


Part Time Fee Grants

As a Part Time Fee Grant approved centre, if you have lived in Scotland for more than 2 years, and earn less than £25,000 a year, we can support you to access funding of up to £850 towards the cost of an SVQ Level 3. Our SVQ Level 2’s are competitively priced at only £900, and we offer a free ‘Introduction to SVQ’s’ session for those unsure about how to start their learning journey.

Fast Pass

With our patented ‘Fast-Pass’ pre-assessment period, you’ll be guided through completing your first piece of SVQ Evidence with dedicated support from one of our assessors. Nobody begins their qualification until they have all the skills they need to be able to complete it. Some of our students manage to complete 20% of their qualification before they’ve even formerly started!

Learning Support

We specialise in working with individuals who identify as having additional support needs, whether that’s simply anxiety about undertaking a qualification for  the first time since leaving school, or dyslexia, our Assessors are all Frontline staff who know how to take a person Centered Approach to every area of their work.

Easy access to Assessor

With our e-portfolio system, you can share work with your assessor whenever you need to. Our assessors offer online support between one to one meetings to ensure that you can work at your own pace, to complete as quickly as you want.

Access to Rowan Alba’s staff training programme

If you decide to take your SVQ with Rowan Learning Centre, you qualify for free places oon all of our staff training programmes, including our new Trauma Informed Practice training, which covers National Trauma Training Framework up to level 2, as well as SSSC National Occupational Standards on managing behaviour that challenges, and all 4 Core Skills.

Support to choose the right Units for you

Before induction, our Head of Centre will meet with you to discuss what you are wanting to get from your qualification. Whether that’s simply to gain SSSC registration, or if you’re wanting to move up a grade, professionally, we’ll help you to identify the Units which will get you through quickest, or help you learn the most, according to your own needs.

    Contact us today to begin your learning journey. 

    Delivering Trauma Informed Support:

    training for frontline workers

    Rowan Learning Centre’s new 5 step practical guide to Trauma Informed
    Practice is for volunteers, support workers, managers or even just the curious.
    This 2 day asset based training enables staff to meet Level 2 in NHS’s ‘Scotland’s
    Trauma Training Framework’ and is focused on simple, practical tools to ensure
    that your work practice is Trauma Informed. The training also meets the SSSC’s National Occupational Standards for working with Challenging Behaviour, Supporting Individuals Who Have Experienced Harm and Abuse, and the 4 Core Skills of Communicating, Reflecting, Safeguarding and Health and Safety.

    Attendees have described the training as:
    “Clear, enthusiastic, experience and expertise”
    “Relevant…..and really important”

    We create a safe learning environment by being
    “approachable, patient and informative”

    Attendees found they were 50% more confident in individuals they worked with being able to take the lead in their own support, and to identify their own ‘problems’ and find solutions to these.

    They were also 70% more aware of aspects of support, such as policies, procedures and their own practice, which can cause re-traumatisation.

    About the trainer:
    Ewan Law is a member of the Cross Party Group for Adult Survivors of CSA,
    and a Coach, with 10 years experience of delivering Trauma Informed Support.


      ILM Level 3 in Effective Coaching:

      Entry Level Coaching Qualification for Managers, Professionals, and Volunteers

      Three days of guided learning from one of our Qualified Coaches, we use our expertise in communicating with ‘Hard to Reach’ individuals to guide learners through our unique ROWAN model of Coaching. Follow up Coaching Supervision is delivered to all candidates.

      CEO of iMultipy Resourcing, described it as:“hugely beneficial to my professional and personal development. I now feel better equipped to unlock my teams’ potential.”


        Professional Frameworks training:

        Supporting Managers, staff, and volunteers to understand the frameowrks which guide their practise

        One day, interactive training, using reflective practice sessions to support staff to identify how Legislation, Codes of Practice, Organisational Policy and Role Descriptions combine to guide them through decision making in the toughest situations they face.

        Attendees said: “Using ‘live’ issues and studies brought the frameworks together, I am positive that I will have a shift on how I look at issues relating to the clients and their needs and issues, using the frameworks that we have at our disposal. I enjoyed the pace of the training, it was thought provoking, well put together, and was applicable to all aspects of services.”


          Working in homelessness prevention and supporting people to realise their full potential, clear communication is key. That’s why we developed our ROWAN model of Coaching, focussing on how to remove interpersonal barriers to great communication and self actualisation. 

          We are now delivering the following courses:-

          • Coaching in Social Care,
          • Coaching for Managers
          • 1 day Introduction to Coaching skills
          • ILM Level 3 Effective Coaching Qualification, at Award and Certificate levels
          • We also offer 1:1 Coaching for staff, volunteers and managers from one of our qualified coaches

          Let Rowan Alba help you to boost your communication skills and unleash the potential of you, and your team. 

          Contact Ewan Law, Rowan Alba’s Training and Learning Coordinator, on 0131 229 7554 or email for further details and pricing, or to discuss the unique needs of you or your business. 

          Rowan Alba Learning Centre

          We deliver high quality, qualifications and training to staff and volunteers throughout the Third Sector.

          CARDS Volunteer Training

          Rowan Alba provides a continuous training and learning plan for all of our dedicated CARDS volunteers.

          Additional information

          SVQ Social Services and Healthcare Level 3

          Rowan Learning Centre is a Social Enterprise so, for every SVQ candidate who learns with us, we can provide 3 nights housing and support to a vulnerable adult, or 8 months of outreach support through our CARDS service, or a  years  worth  of training for one of our volunteers.

          What does Rowan Alba provide?

          Rowan Alba provides a bespoke learning experience for each SVQ candidate. As a smaller centre with all our Assessors experienced in frontline work with  individuals with multiple and complex support needs, we can offer learning support tailored to the specific needs of those in the Third Sector. 

          Our Record as a Centre

          We have been delivering SVQ’s to our own staff since 2009. 100% of candidates who have decided to remain in the care sector have successfully completed their SVQ Level 3 in Social Services and Health Care whilst working with us. This years SQA report highlighted us as having ‘Significant Strengths in all areas’, with no areas for improvement. It made particular mention of our ‘resilient’ work with candidates who have additional support needs.

          Remote Learning

          Using Microsoft Outlooks Onedrive, candidates and assessors can communicate and piece together the virtual SVQ portfolio in between scheduled meetings. This allows regular feedback on work and centralised access for candidate, assessor and line manager if required. A monthly update on each candidate to the purchaser will also be provided.

          Price Structure

          Rowan Alba is an SAAS approved Part Time Fee Grant provider and as such, up to £815 of the cost of the award can be claimed by eligible candidates. Further pricing information available on request, for individual and group bookings. Rowan Alba Limited can also offer organisations qualified assessors to work alongside their existing SVQ provider.