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Career information, advice and guidance services in South Lanarkshire have been praised by education watchdogs.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) careers services scored grades of very good or good across all categories in an Education Scotland review published on Friday (31 March).

National skills body SDS offers free, impartial career information, advice and guidance for people of all ages in secondary schools, careers centres and community venues across Scotland.

Assessors spent a week in January asking staff, customers and partner agencies about their experiences of SDS careers services.

Adult customers, including those facing redundancy, told inspectors they rated the professionalism of SDS careers staff highly, especially their understanding of individual need.

The review shows teachers, lecturers and partners consider SDS careers staff to be approachable and helpful, and have a positive impact on the lives of young people in the area. Figures show the numbers of young people going in to work, training, further or higher education in the area has increased in the last three years.

SDS was praised for the availability of careers staff who deliver services not just from careers centres and schools, but also community premises. The review points out this helps customers to overcome barriers to access including those in rural communities or with transport issues.

The review also recognised the work of SDS staff to respond to national skills priorities while keeping a focus on the needs of the local area and its communities. Their flexibility and ‘solution-focussed’ way of working was also highlighted.

SDS Area Manager for South Lanarkshire, Brian Cameron, said: “The team here work hard day in and day out to support the people of South Lanarkshire and I’m pleased to see the quality and importance of that work recognised in this review.

“I want to thank all the staff for their continued hard work and dedication. The positive outcomes in this report are as much about their personal contributions as about the work of SDS as an organisation.

“We look forward to continuing to work with all of our partners to build on our successes and the areas highlighted for development.”

SDS Team Leader for South Lanarkshire, Eric Foy, said: “The review reflects the effective support SDS is offering to local communities across South Lanarkshire, and the unique link our careers staff can offer to national skills priorities.

“South Lanarkshire has much to offer, and I know the hard work of our careers staff is helping to open the eyes of young people to the opportunities on their doorstep.”

SDS delivers face-to-face career information, advice and guidance at secondary schools and from its SDS careers centres in Units 1&2 Princes Gate, Castle Street in Hamilton, CTEC 1-15 Main Street in Cambuslang, on 7-9 Wellgate in Lanark, in the Q&A Office on Union Street in Larkhall and the EK Work and Training Hub, Unit 57, The Plaza in East Kilbride.

Customers can get information and advice covering areas including jobs, the local labour market, training courses and Modern Apprenticeships.

Career information and advice is available online via SDS’s award-winning career information and advice web service My World of Work.

Get in touch with the South Lanarkshire SDS careers team and get updates at the SDS South Lanarkshire Facebook page. 

Find out more about SDS services in South Lanarkshire at the In Your Area pages.

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