McSence is owned by the community in which it is based and is governed by an unpaid board of directors. All profits made by the group are either invested in new business ventures and used to create further employment opportunities, or returned to the community in the form of grants to voluntary bodies or individuals in need. McSence Training Services provides a range of training and personal development opportunities at our facilities in Mayfield.

SVQ Social Services and Health Care, Level 2 and 3

McSence Training Services are an approved SQA Centre and are here to support you gain your award. The Scottish Vocational Awards SVQ Level 2 and 3 will be a mandatoryrequirement for SSSC registration in Social Services and Healthcare.

The SVQ Level 2 consists of 6 units and the Level 3 is made up of 8 units. Each award contains 4 mandatory units: Communication, Health and Safety, Reflective Practice and Safeguarding.

PDA Supervision

Delivery of SVQ

Delivery of PDA Supervision



Getting Started



Candidates can choose from a list of other units depending on their interests or job requirements.

CSCS Cards & CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test

McSence are a CITB recognised Training Centre who register individuals with CITB; identify training/qualifications to ensure they are applying for the correct CSCS card and at an upfront cost will arrange the following: 

  1. Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card
  2. CITB Health, Safety & Environment (HSEQ) Test


Emergency First Aid at Work: Emergency First Aid at Work is:

A One-day course

Informally assessed

Equips delegates with a HSE approved qualification which is valid for 3 years

Includes practical learning covering incident management, supporting the unconscious casualty, resuscitation, dealing with a range of incidents including clinical shock, choking, wounds, bleeding, burns, fractures and sprains

Suitable for anyone wishing to improve their knowledge of first aid or where a workplace assessment has identified the need for trained personnel

Food Hygiene

Food Hygiene is a:

One day course is CIEH approved and meets industry standards

suitable for people who handle food, whether preparing or serving, as part of their workplace duties

topics include correct temperatures for heating and re-heating food, hygiene precautions in storing and preparing food and common bacteria and how to avoid them


Social Care Training

With the growing demand for social care this has created many employment opportunities in this sector and these courses, whilst an intrinsic part of this training programme, can also be delivered, and adapted as stand-alone courses, as they have wider applications for most businesses and industries. Included in out Social Care Training programme are:

HSE approved Emergency First Aid at Work Training,

Food Hygiene

Manual Handling

McSence Help in Home have so far trained more than 150 people to work in the home help / social care sector. Funded by LEADER through our ‘Independence Project’, is a 6-week training programme designed to assist young unemployed people to come off benefits and into work in the health and social care sector. Our Trainers have a wealth of experience within the health and social care sector and feedback from delegates rate the content, delivery and knowledge of the trainers as “very good” or “excellent”. The programme incorporates both statutory and mandatory training and is delivered to social care workers during their induction period. The training is designed to equip new Care Workers with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to commence employment in this sector. All training is linked to the national minimum standards and can be used to provide knowledge evidence for SVQ.

Manual Handling Training

Manual Handling Training is:

  • A statutory requirement across many businesses and industries
  • the 3- hour generic static load course covers the legislation underpinning manual handling in the workplace, safe load limits, mechanics of the spine and principles of safe lifting, with practical demonstrations and opportunities to practice safe lifting techniques

the training takes place in a fully equipped Manual Handling suite


SUYSE – Opportunities for young entrepreneurs

McSence’s latest training programme is the SUYSE project. This stands for Starting Up a Young Social Enterprise and has been developed in collaboration with European partners in Bulgaria, Italy and Spain. The aims of the project are:

  • to strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit and encourage initiative
  • to empower young people by gaining competences in decision making, teamwork, adaptability and business skills
  • to lower the unemployment rate among young people, by supporting the creation of enterprises with social and environmental aims
  • to promote social cohesion and achieve positive impacts

Learning is by a combination of online training, face-to-face sessions and work experience.

In spring 2018, we have 20 free training places for young people aged 16 – 30, who are either at school, or unemployed. The face-to-face sessions take place on 29th Apr, 1st and 9th May in the McSence offices at Mayfield, Dalkeith. Interested? – contact Kelly Ireland on or 0131 454 1500.

SUYSE leaflet

SUYSE Press Release, 10th April 2018

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. For further information on the SUYSE project