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We work with a wide range of national and local partners to improve, align and integrate our services for customers.

Local partnerships

We work with local authorities and Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) to ensure that our national offers are translated into a local context. Our contributions to local outcomes are captured through CPP Single Outcome Agreements and Youth Employment Activity Plans. 

National partnerships

At a national level, our joint management of the Skills Committee with the Scottish Funding Council, and our membership of the Strategic Forum, led by the Scottish Government, provide opportunities to inform and shape the skills and learning system so that it meets the needs of Scotland's people and businesses. Our Chair represents SDS on the Scottish Employability Forum to support developments in the employability of Scotland's young people.

Career Management Skills

We collaborate closely with partners to embed career management skills in their services. For example, we launched a 'Partner Zone' on My World of Work, providing additional support for teachers delivering Curriculum for Excellence through ready-made activities that aim to encourage use of My World of Work in the classroom. It was developed in consultation with 23 partners across Scotland, including teaching and support staff in schools and colleges, training providers, youth workers and community learning and development staff. 

Sector support

We work closely with Industry Leadership Groups, Sector Skills Councils and other employer representative bodies to develop Skills Investment and Action Plans to maximise skills opportunities in sectors offering growth potential.

Working with partners to share information and help young people.