About us

Who we are and what we do

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We're Scotland's national skills body.

As Skills Development Scotland, we contribute to Scotland’s economy by supporting people and businesses to develop and apply their skills.

We deliver Scotland's careers service through every state secondary school, our network of high street centres and online at My World of Work.

Our career information, advice and guidance service helps people of all ages to understand the world of work and to develop the skills for lifelong career management.

At school, from P7/S1 transition onwards your child will meet our careers advisers in groups, at events and even one-to-one, especially at subject choices time. And will be regularly encouraged to explore My World of Work.

Find out more about who we are and how we help you and your child.

Your role, our role

Research shows that the most influential figures in children’s career choices are parents and carers, and to achieve the best outcomes, it’s important to start conversations early.

And that’s where we can help support you.

As a modern careers service, we’re aware of the demands of the working environment. Collaborating with employers at every level, we’ve got a picture of the skills in demand – and the skills that’ll be relevant in the future.

We use this intelligence to inform our career management service, encouraging people into jobs that suit their skills, strengths and ambitions – and, in turn, help build a modern and prosperous Scottish economy.

But to make our work effective, we need to deliver it in partnership with parents.

Working together for their future

That’s why we’ve created My Kid’s Career.

By talking about careers with your children as early as you can, you’ll be able to help them find a job that offers them the future they want. But it can be difficult to know where to begin – or where to find the time.

Our discussion guides, written by expert careers advisers and designed to mirror your child’s milestones, will provide the steps you need to approach these conversations with confidence.

From subject choices to the jobs of the future, routes to entry, to what to do when they don’t get the exam results they need – we’ve got credible, up-to-date advice on critical issues.

This map of our services will illustrate how and when we support their career choices.

Routes to entry

There’s more than one route to success. Whether your children are focused on further education, want to explore apprenticeship opportunities, or would prefer to go straight into the world of work, we can help your plot their journey to where they want to go.

Take a look at our ‘career paths’ section for an insight into the different ways that they can reach their ideal career destination – and advice on the best path for your child to pursue.

Whatever their need, age or stage – we’re here to help you find the future that fits your child.

Career adviser service

Access free, expert careers support form our advisers, based throughout Scotland.

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My World of Work

Tools, advice and information to help them explore their career options.

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