Careers support in school

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is the national skills body and we deliver Scotland’s careers service.  

Our careers advisers deliver career information, advice and guidance in your school to pupils from S1-S6.   

We are there to help you understand the world of work and to develop the Career Management Skills you need as you move through school.   

Your school careers adviser is Kirsty Byrne and you can get in touch with her in the school library on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.

You might meet Kirsty with your class at a group activity, at a careers event or at a one-to-one appointment.   

Your careers adviser might speak to you about:  

  • Finding out about yourself, your strengths and skills 
  • Making subject choices 
  • Different types of careers and how to research them 
  • Developing the types of skills that are useful in a job 
  • Routes into careers, including apprenticeships 
  • Building and developing your networks 
  • Creating CVs 
  • Making applications and applying for courses 

The work of SDS careers advisers is supported by My World of Work, our online service.  

Beyond school, our advisers operate from a network of SDS centres and community locations nationwide, offering expert support to customers of all ages. You can find your nearest centre at   

Find out more about our services at   

Exam Results Help

Skills Development Scotland’s free exam results helpline is available from results day until August 15 and is open to all young people and their families seeking careers advice.

It will be open from 8am until 8pm on 7 and 8 August and from 9am until 5pm from 9 until 15 August. The number to call is 0808 100 8000.



Check here for current opportunities, click on the vacancy link for further information – please also check twitter @wishawcareers

Vacancies updated 2.5.18


Customer Service Modern Apprenticeships, Glasgow


Carousel Training Centre

Child Care Apprenticeships



Terex Trucks Apprenticeship Programme – closing date 18th May


Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme – closing date 11th May


The Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme at Network Rail is open to anyone who will be aged 18 on or before 29 September 2018. There’s no upper age limit.

To apply you’ll need at least four Scottish Standard 1-3/National 5. These must include English, Maths and Science or Engineering.

We’re happy for you to apply while you’re still sitting your exams as long as you’ll have your results before the start of the scheme. There are also some medical and physical fitness requirements to ensure safety on the track.

You will need to be available to start on 29 September 2018. All leave and holidays is scheduled by Network Rail.  We will be unable to accommodate any holidays or leave outside of the scheduled dates within the first 21 weeks of your apprenticeship. 


BAE Systems Apprenticeships, Glasgow – Recruitment for 2019 will open in November 2018


S2 Parents Event – Tuesday 28th February 7pm – 8pm

As a parent/guardian of a pupil who is about to make the first important career decision around subject choice, you may have many questions and be unsure about how you can help your child make the right choices for now.

This isn’t always easy, but it is important! Research has shown that your role as No1 influencer on your child’s future career choices means that it is vital that you have answers to the questions you might have about the opportunities that are open to your child in their future.

Working in partnership with your school, Skills Development Scotland would like to invite you along to an information evening about careers options and the many choices that your child has.

On the night you will have the chance to hear from Careers Advisers on the support and opportunities that are available to your child and hear about the resources that Skills Development Scotland has to help you support them.

We would therefore like to extend a warm invitation for you to join us on Tuesday 28th February 7pm – 8pm at Wishaw Sport Centre, Alexander Street, Wishaw. ML2 0HQ