The Standards and Frameworks Group (SFG) oversee apprenticeship standards and framework development for the apprenticeship family in Scotland and ensure they are demand and employer led. 

The SFG ensure standards and frameworks are aligned with industry, economic growth, job and progression opportunities and develop transferable skills for occupations which have common currency across the UK. 

The main responsibilities of the SFG are to:  

  • Provide thought leadership and share information and intelligence with the other Groups to support policy development and delivery of apprenticeships in Scotland  
  • Identify and share good practice to improve the delivery of apprenticeships in Scotland  
  • Use knowledge and expertise to promote greater understanding about apprenticeships  
  • Provide advice to the other Groups on prioritising development activity  
  • Monitor development activity for standards, qualifications, and apprenticeships  
  • Scrutinise, challenge, and approve all apprenticeship frameworks for use in Scotland
  • Oversee end-to-end quality assurance within apprenticeships  
  • Act as the custodian of approved apprenticeship frameworks on behalf of industry  

Standards and Frameworks Group Membership

The SFG is chaired by Steve Petrie, Business Performance Director at Balfour Beatty

Steve is Business Performance Director working within Balfour Beatty Group across its UK Businesses.

Prior to  joining Balfour Beatty in early 2013. Steve spent 20 years working in British Gas – starting as an Apprentice Gas Engineer -  developing, implementing and managing Service Delivery outcome based contracts. These contracts involved serving customers in the north of England and Scotland who had purchased goods and services  from the Company. The scope of these contracts included warehousing, distribution, local delivery scheduling and installation of gas products in homes and commercial premises. The contracts were outsourced to Logistics Companies with customer outcomes in mind.

Steve then took these principles of best value, customer focussed outcome based contract management to Belfast where he was responsible for managing the construction of the Natural  Gas Network in Greater Belfast – some 1300 miles of 7 Bar HDPE pipework through the streets of Belfast and beyond.

Steve is a visiting Professor at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Steve is also a Board member of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.

In 2003, Graduated from  Harvard University with a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Steve lives at Balmoral near Aberdeen with his wife Nicky and his children Thomas (15) and Olivia (9).

List of Standards and Frameworks Group's Members

Name Role Organisation
Stevie Petrie (Chair)
Business Performance Director Balfour Beatty
Allan Colquhoun University Liaison and Emerging Technologies Manager Leonardo MW Ltd 
Andy Sturgeon Social Projects & Sector Education Consultant Scottish Power
David Whitehouse Business Performance Director Doosan Babcock
Doreen Davidson Governor/Board Member Edinburgh University/ Scottish Lifesciences Association
George Brown Head of SQA Accreditation SQA Accreditation
Prof Ian Smith Geotechnical and Educational Consultant Institute of Civil Engineering
Linda Houston Apprenticeship Relationship Manager CBI
Marion Forbes HR Director Mactaggart & Mickel Homes limited
Melinda Matthews
CEO Codeclan
Paul Mitchell Head of Employment Affairs Scottish Building Federation
Phil Brown Apprentice Training Manager BAE Systems
Ruth Jennings Skills Development Programme Manager Sainsburys
Stuart McKenna Chief Executive Scottish Training Federation 
Stuart Millar Director - Education, Contracts and Business Development Colleges Scotland
Prof Quintin Cutts Professor of Computer Science Education University of Glasgow, rep. Universities Scotland 




  • Tommy Breslin, Development Officer, Scottish Union Learning
  • Catherine Ferry, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Government

Agency leads 

  • Jonathan Clark, Director of Service Design and Innovation, Skills Development Scotland
  • Sharon Drysdale, Assistant Director, Skills and Economic Recovery, Scottish Funding Council

Meeting Dates 2022/23


  • 12 May 2022
  • 11 August 2022
  • 10 November 2022
  • 2 February 2023

Standards and Frameworks Group's Terms of Reference

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