Careers Information, Advice and Guidance service in Scotland

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance service in Scotland


Get the help you need for the career you want with Skills Development Scotland. Our careers advisers provide free and impartial career information, advice and guidance, in schools, and from our career centres across Scotland. We offer support to people of any age, and at any stage in their career. SDS advisers are professionally qualified specialists who put customers at the heart of what they do, and because we’re Scotland’s national skills agency, they have a wealth of knowledge linked to national, regional and local skills priorities. Our advisers will support people to develop their career management skills, the skills that enable a person to plan for and pursue opportunities throughout their life. They’ll also support the development of an individual career plan, helping customers reach their goals. SDS has careers advisers in every state secondary school in Scotland. We work closely with schools to make sure our services match their local needs and priorities. Young people will see their adviser in group sessions throughout their time at school. There’s also the chance of 1-to-1 engagements, especially at key decision points, like early subject choices, and increased support for those who need it most, from S3 to S6. Advisers also hold drop-ins, and work with teachers, parents and carers. When it comes to moving on from school there’s increased support for those who need it most, from our work coaches. They’ll keep working with young people until they’re in a job, training or apprenticeship, or further or higher education. We offer a range of services in schools, from primary 5 through to the end of secondary school, available to pupils, parents and carers, and teachers and practitioners. Our career services aren’t just for school pupils. SDS Career Centres are open for everyone to drop into when they need support. Advisers there can offer help in a wide range of subjects, including the local job market, searching for jobs and courses, CV’s, interview preparation, apprenticeships, education and training, redundancy support, and labour market information, such as where jobs might be in the future. We work closely with an extensive network of partners to ensure the best outcome for our customers. If you can’t make it to one of our centres, but still want some advice there’s our helpline for individuals, and there’s information and advice 24 hours a day at my world of work, our award-winning careers web service. It’s packed with tools and resources. There’s also a dedicated area for parents and carers, while our partner area has specific support for teachers, lecturers and other practitioners, delivering career education from primary five onwards. For more in our careers information, advice, and guidance services, go to the Skills Development Scotland website sds.co.uk

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