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East Ayrshire

The SDS careers centre at John Finnie Street will close on 3 November as we prepare to open in CentreStage, 15 Elmbank Drive, Kilmarnock KA1 3AE, on 13 November. 

During the short interim period, 6-10 November, our team will be available to offer you face to face support in our other local venues: 

  • SL33, Titchfield Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 1QW
  • Job Centre Plus, 33-43 Townhead Street, Cumnock KA18 1JZ

If you’d like to arrange an appointment, please call us on 01563 527165. 

Where you will find us in East Ayrshire

  • Cumnock Careers Centre

    Cumnock JobCentre

    Townhead Street


    KA18 1JZ

    Tel: Our Cumnock careers centre is open. Contact the local centre on 01563 527 165 for more information on how to access career information, advice and guidance.

    Opening hours Wednesday 10 am - 5 pm and Thursday 9 am - 5 pm

  • Kilmarnock Careers Centre

    CentreStage, 15 Elmbank Drive


    KA1 3AE

    Tel: Open for appointments only, please call 01563 527 165.

    Opening hours

Key data from East Ayrshire

From 1 April to 31 December 2022 we have supported a number of employers and 90 individuals dealing with redundancy.

As of 30 December 2022 there were 1,189 Modern Apprentices in training.

From 1 April to 30 December 2022 we supported 595 Modern Apprenticeship starts. 54.1% of the starts in the local area were aged 16-24.

The Modern Apprenticeship achievement rate in East Ayrshire is 74.9%.

From 1 June to 31 December 2022 we delivered 4,246 Career Information, Advice and Guidance engagements for 3,049 school pupils through a mix of group and one-to-one sessions.

As of 31 December 2022 of the 6,778 maintained school pupils in the local authority, 75% were registered on

From 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 we funded 232 Employability Fund starts.

From 1 April to 31 December 2022 we delivered 1,514 Career Information, Advice and Guidance engagements for 631 post-school customers through a mix of group and one-to-one sessions.

The 2022 Annual Participation Measure showed that of the 4,554 16-19 year olds in East Ayrshire 91.9% were in education, employment or training and personal development.

In 2021-22 there were 19 registered Graduate Apprentices with a home address in the local authority and 8 registered with employers based in the area.

In 2020-21, 30 pupils started Foundation Apprenticeships in schools at SCQF Level 4-6 in this area.

In 2021-22 we invested over £4.7m in the local area.

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