Category Archives: Careers

City of Glasgow College Clearing 2020

City of Glasgow College will host a virtual event on Monday 10th August 2020 between 12 and 2pm and/or 4pm and 6pm.

We still have limited availability for some courses beginning August/September 2020 but the event is equally suitable for next year’s leavers and guidance staff/parents requiring further information.

Attendees can:

  • Chat to lecturers about full-time courses starting in August.
  • Discuss your options if you have not met the conditions of your offer.
  • Chat to our Student Support Team about funding and other support available.

City of Glasgow College Clearing 2020

Skills Development Scotland – Foundation Apprenticeships

If you are interested in finding out more information around Foundation Apprenticeships, contact the school and ask to speak with Mr Toal.

Foundation Apprenticeships – COVID-19 update and news

We continue to work closely with awarding bodies, partners and Scottish Government to quickly respond to issues arising from the epidemic to support you and learners in the delivery of Foundation Apprenticeships.

SDS appreciates all the work being done by learning providers and stakeholders at this time to support FAs. 

We remain committed to working with all key partners to build on the success of recent years, maintain delivery for the benefit of learners and employers during this period of uncertainty. 

We recognise that COVID-19 poses challenges for us all and we will work with yourselves to find solutions where required. 

SQA Accreditation

Thank you for submitting the requested information outlining the extent of SVQ completion against each framework for your learners. 

This continues to inform our engagement with SQA as we seek a solution. 

We expect to be in a position to provide a more detailed update on the work with SQA in the coming days.


Cohort 5 recruitment 

We’re contacting pupils who have submitted an expression of interest for a Foundation Apprenticeship via email to establish if they have completed an application with a learning provider or need additional support from SDS.

This is being tested on a small batch before being rolled out more widely.

Recruitment materials 

We’re currently developing new materials to support recruitment over the summer months – these will include social media assets and key messaging.  

Letters to current FAs

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sending a letter to all Foundation Apprentices going into their second year.

The letter will support the “keeping in touch” process by providing additional reassurance from SDS, whilst highlighting the support available from SDS Careers Advisers to all learners.   

A copy of the letter will be shared with all providers.

Careers Information Advice and Guidance service offer

A reminder that SDS has support in place for individual FA learners through our Careers Advisers. 

Advisers are available over the phone or online. To speak to a school Careers Adviser, call the local centre and ask for them by name.  

As part of this enhanced support, SDS Careers Advisers have been contacting FA learners on a one to one basis via existing procedures. 

Find a local careers centre or get more information on

Frequently Asked Questions

Please check our COVID-19 FAQs for regular updates. 

We have added an answer on Disclosure Scotland and their capacity to support PVGs going forward this week. 

The FAQ guide for training providers is on the training provider area within the COVID-19 section of the SDS website.

This will continue to be updated to respond to FAQs coming through from you.

Further support

If you have any questions or issues not addressed by the guidance above, please email

We continue to liaise with SQA on measures to support providers through this uncertain period.

We urge you to follow the Scottish Government’s latest information and advice on Coronavirus at

Public health advice can be found at: Coronavirus (COVID-19) on NHS Inform.

Keep up to date with guidance and information about COVID-19 issues on the SDS website.

STEM Work Experience Day with Uptree online

If you are interested in a STEM related career this is the opportunity for you. Employers not only look at your exam results but the experiences you have.

Uptree is a networking platform designed to help you get started in the world of work.

Uptree is excited to announce we are running a free online work inspiration event with Arm Glasgow on 22nd June.

Register for the event for free using the link below.

The event will take place on Zoom and is aimed at S5 & S6 students interested in careers in STEM. Over 2 hours, students will network with professionals, discover more about the world of work and develop their employability skills.

Glasgow – Uptree STEM Work Experience Day (online)
Monday, June 22, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

A half-day, online work experience event hosted by Arm’s Glasgow team. You will gain experience of the technology industry, career paths and get to meet technology professionals who work at Arm Glasgow!

– Ice breaker & welcome
– About Arm
– Inspiring speakers
– Speed Networking
– Micro:bit activity
– The Global Goals
– Next steps and wrap up

You will need to register for an Uptree account (free) and prepare a short motivation statement telling us why they are interested in the opportunity. We will then shortlist applicants based on this.

If you are interested or have any further questions about the opportunity, please let me know and I can give you more information.

Best regards,

Mr Toal

Connect + Skills Development Scotland Next Steps Q&A 26 May 2020

Connect + Skills Development Scotland Next Steps

Invitation to our FREE online information session for parents

Q&A with Skills Development Scotland Next steps: young people’s options for education, work and training. To be held on Tuesday 26 May Places are free, registration is essential at

Choose from afternoon or evening session

The Skills Development Scotland and Connect teams will share advice and information about options for next steps within and from school. The teams will also share how they can help your young person make the best decisions about work, apprenticeships or other training, college or university as well as the most up to date information about accessing career services because of the impact of COVID19.

After you register, we will send you a link to join the session. If you would like to submit a question in advance, please contact

Connect + Skills Development Scotland Next Steps

HSBC UK Work Experience programme

The Work Experience programme at HSBC UK offers a five-day shadowing experience to students aged 14-18 years old. The programme has been set up with the idea to help young people from different social-economic backgrounds gain an insight into a professional environment, as well as the banking industry.

Applications to be made via the following links:

HSBC UK Work Experience Programme

HSBC UK Apprenticeships

Our placements will be spread out across Scotland and students can list their location preferences when applying, but please note that only one application should be submitted and we cannot make any guarantees on placing a student in their preferred location as this is subject to availability.

The closing date for applications is the 12th April 2020, however we do offer these on a rolling basis and do reserve the right to close some adverts early if we fill all our spaces. Places are limited.

HSBC UK Work Experience