We’re working with partners on a collaborative, evidence-based review of all careers services in Scotland.

The review will capture and respond to the views, needs and experiences of young people, parents, employers, teachers as well as experts in further and higher education.

It aims to ensure careers services are fit for purpose and future proofed and to provide recommendations for the implementation of all age career services across Scotland in line with Scotland's Careers Strategy - Moving Forward report.

The review will also look at best practice and innovation from across the world with the aim of presenting final recommendations to Ministers this December. 

Scotland’s Career Strategy: Vision 

  • For a world class, professionally led, aligned and flexible system of career information, advice and guidance (CIAG) services which delivers for everyone
  • A system where people can expect a high standard of support that meets their needs when they need it most
  • A system that is fully interconnected to ensure citizens access the right people and services, including employability and skills support.


The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy has made it more important than ever that the people of Scotland are offered comprehensive, joined-up careers information, advice and guidance.

The only way this can be achieved is by local and national partners working with employers and the public sector to engage with individuals at every stage of their career journey, from primary school and beyond. 

“We must work collaboratively across the private sector, third sector and public sector to ensure no one is left behind and give them every opportunity in life.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work & Culture, September, 2020 

In response, the Scottish government has created the Young Person’s Guarantee to ensure everyone between 16 and 24 in Scotland will have the opportunity to access support that will help them into fair employment including work experience, further or higher education, apprenticeships or other training programmes, formal volunteering or a supported activity programme.   

SDS has continued to adapt and scale our delivery since the beginning of the pandemic and is committed to working collaboratively with local and national partners to ensure that young people get access to the right support to help them succeed. 

Building on this work, SDS was asked in Sandy Begbie’s Initial YPG Report in September to take forward the recommendations of last year’s Scotland’s Careers Strategy: Moving Forward report.

In addition, SDS was asked to lead a review of how best a career advice service could operate from early years right through until a young person enters employment. This would address the long-term issue of how best to give young people the insight to what the economy of Scotland is likely to need in the future and how that might influence their decision around career paths.  

The third sector already plays a vital role in helping young people in school and their options for when they are leaving school. In considering how best to develop that end to end career service SDS has been asked to collaborate and work with the third sector so their services are an integral part of the model. This would also allow the development of the service to be based on what our young people would look for from such a service, in other words a codesign approach.  

SDS was charged with starting work within three to six months of the report’s September publication.