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Buchanan Orthotics to Become Fully Accredited SQA Centre


Buchanan Orthotics, a leading provider of Orthotic and Prosthetic services in Scotland, is working towards becoming a fully accredited SQA centre. This means that at the end of the trainee technician apprenticeship, apprentices will be awarded an official SQA qualification certificate.

The SQA is the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the national body for education and training in Scotland. SQA accreditation is a rigorous process that ensures that the training and assessment provided by Buchanan Orthotics meets the highest standards.

To become an accredited SQA centre, Buchanan Orthotics has established a team of two official in-house assessors and an internal verifier. These assessors are products of Buchanans' training academy, and they have extensive experience in the orthotics and prosthetics industry.

The accreditation process is expected to be completed in the next few months, and Buchanan Orthotics is excited to offer its apprentices the opportunity to earn an official SQA qualification. This will give them the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their careers.

"We are committed to providing our apprentices with the best possible training," said Diana Currie, Managing Director of Buchanan Orthotics. "Our pending SQA accreditation is a testament to our commitment to excellence, and we are confident that our apprentices will benefit from this rigorous training."

The accreditation of Buchanan Orthotics as an SQA centre is a major milestone for the company. It is a recognition of the high standards of training and assessment that Buchanan Orthotics provides, and it will give its apprentices the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their careers.

Why Join Buchanan Orthotics?

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider becoming an apprentice with Buchanan Orthotics:

  • Learn a lifelong skill. The skills you learn as an orthotics apprentice will be valuable for your entire career. You can learn how to design and fabricate orthotic and prosthetic devices that help people with a wide range of disabilities live more independent and fulfilling lives.
  • Make a real difference in people's lives. The work you do as an orthotics technician will make a real difference in the lives of the people you help. You will see the impact your work has on their ability to walk, run, play, and work.
  • Gain experience with traditional techniques and cutting-edge technology. Buchanan Orthotics uses a combination of traditional techniques and cutting-edge technology, such as 3D printing. This allows you to learn various skills and stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the industry.
  • Work in a rapidly evolving industry. The orthotics and prosthetics industry is constantly evolving, so there are always new opportunities for learning and growth. As an apprentice with Buchanan Orthotics, you will be at the forefront of this exciting industry
  • Work with experts. Our Staff regularly work with industry leaders from the NHS, Professional Sports teams and rehabilitation specialists. 

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are devices that are used to support, align, or correct the function of a body part. They can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including foot and knee pain, as well as help people after stroke or with MS.

Orthotics are typically made of plastic, metal, or carbon fibre. They can be custom-made or prefabricated. 

Orthotics can be used to:

  • Provide support and alignment to a body part
  • Correct a deformity
  • Reduce pain
  • Improve function
  • Prevent further injury

Examples of Orthotic Devices and Machinery


Ankle Braces

Ankle Foot Orthoses

Computer Aided Manufacture CAM

Computer Aided Design CAM

Watch this space for more information on the launch of Buchanan Orthotics' new SQA-accredited apprenticeship program!