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Career information, advice and guidance services in East Lothian have been praised by education watchdogs.

Scotland’s careers service, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), scored grades of very good and good across all categories in an Education Scotland review published on Friday (15 March).

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

Grant McDougall, SDS Head of Operations South East, said: “This review shows the commitment and hard work that goes in to delivering career information, advice and guidance services across East Lothian.

I was particularly pleased that our collaboration with schools to support effective group work was recognised as an area of excellence, along with our work with teachers to develop their understanding of career management skills.”

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

Staff were praised for their support of young people, with the part they played in improving the numbers of young people in East Lothian moving on to a positive destination after school highlighted.

“This review shows the commitment and hard work that goes in to delivering career information, advice and guidance services across East Lothian."

Grant McDougall, SDS Head of Operations South East

Partnership working was a strong theme, with inspectors recognising the increased focus on delivery of careers services from outreach facilities in East Lothian. The strong working relationship between SDS and East Lothian Council’s East Lothian works was also noted.

Secondary schools told inspectors they are well supported by SDS careers advisers, with the report also showing careers staff work productively with young people who have additional support needs.

The My World of Work Ambassadors programme is also recognised for its part in helping young people develop leadership skills and build confidence in working with their peers, teachers, parents and carers.

Andrea Hall, SDS Area Manager for East Lothian, said: “The outcome of this review is a testament to the hard work of the SDS team delivering our careers services across East Lothian.

“I want to thank them 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.”

SDS delivers face-to-face career information, advice and guidance at secondary schools, community venues, in Edinburgh College and from its SDS careers centre in Adam Ferguson House, Station Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7PQ.

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

“The outcome of this review is a testament to the hard work of the SDS team delivering our careers services across East Lothian."

Andrea Hall, SDS Area Manager for East Lothian

Every week the centre also hosts a drop-in service to help young people into work, training, further or higher education and apprenticeships. Careers advisers are available along with staff from East Lothian Council’s Employability Hub, East Lothian Works and Children’s Services, the Bridges Projects, the Department for Work & Pensions and other local partners. The drop-in is open every Tuesday from 2pm-5pm.

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SDS is Scotland’s careers service, with professionally-qualified careers advisers working from its careers centres, community premises and in every state secondary school across Scotland. Career information and advice is also available online via SDS’s award-winning career information and advice web service myworldofwork.co.uk

Read the review of SDS careers services in East Lothian 

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