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Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) careers service in Angus received a glowing report from Education Scotland’s review team.

The careers service scored grades of excellent and very good across all categories in the review, with one area of excellent practice highlighted.

SDS Head of Operations for the North East of Scotland Gordon MacDougall said: “The Education Scotland review is a true reflection of the hard work and commitment that goes into delivering our CIAG services across Angus. I was delighted to see Education Scotland’s focus on the team’s approach to change management."

The review team spent a week in February observing SDS staff, and speaking to customers and partner agencies about their experience of the careers service.

An area of excellent practice was identified in the form of the team’s approach to change management. The team’s support for customers from diverse backgrounds, including care-experienced people, those with additional support needs and refugees, was also highlighted.

SDS staff in Angus were also described as “highly motivated” and “enthusiastic”, with “strong and focused leadership” provided by managers.

Gordon MacDougall, Head of Operations (North East)

"The Education Scotland review is a true reflection of the hard work and commitment that goes into delivering our CIAG services across Angus."

The review also noted examples of “exceptional practice” in one-to-one sessions, alongside innovative and creative approaches to group learning with advisers supporting customers to identify their skills and strengths and, as a result, gaining a different view of their learner journey.

Work with partners including schools, Dundee and Angus College, the local authority, other employability agencies and third sector organisations was said to be highly successful in addressing the different needs of customers and the rurality of the area.

Area Manager Jill Hunter commented: “Recognition by Education Scotland of our partnership working is particularly welcome as it reflects the work that is undertaken to support customers to develop their career management skills and become resilient career planners.”

You can read the Education Scotland report in full here.

SDS offers career information, advice and guidance for people of all ages in secondary schools, centre and community premises across Scotland.

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

Find out more about SDS’s work in Angus here.

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