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For individuals

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) supports people to help them achieve career success.

With partners, SDS delivers face to face career information, advice and guidance (CIAG) in schools and SDS centres, as well as support through a contact centre and a dynamic web service My World of Work.

SDS is helping people build the skills to manage their career throughout their lifetime, including:

  • choosing a career and getting ready for employment
  • progressing in the workplace
  • up-skilling, such as being able to use new technology
  • adapting to change, such as redundancy or transferring skills to something new.   


In addition to careers services, SDS works with partners to deliver a range of funding and training support for people through these stages, including employability programmes (within the Employability Fund), a Certificate of Work Readiness, Modern Apprenticeships and Individual Learning Accounts. SDS also leads the Scottish Government's PACE redundancy support service and promotes The Big Plus scheme, which helps people improve their numeracy and literacy skills.

Along with partners SDS is supporting young people in their transition from school, through learning and into work - delivering Opportunities for All, the Scottish Government's guaranteed offer of a place in education or training for all 16 to 19-year-olds.

Contact us

Helpline for individuals
0800 917 8000

Helpline for employers
0800 783 6000

Find your local SDS centre

News for individuals

  • 23 July 2015

    Our free helpline offering advice, information and support for young people and their parents, whether their results are not what they had hoped or better than anticipated.

  • 18 March 2015

    Organisations across Dundee came together for a ‘Learn 2 Earn’ event aimed at improving employability skills of the city’s young people.