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Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) careers service scored top marks in a report from Education Scotland. 

The review, published today (17 May), cited an area of excellent practice from SDS staff in the area, praising the team’s approach to supporting young people with mental health issues.  

SDS provides free, impartial career information, advice and guidance for people of all ages across West Dunbartonshire. It does this from its careers centres in Clydebank Shopping Centre and Dumbarton High Street, all secondary schools in West Dunbartonshire and a number of community locations. The team also delivers school and centre services to the residents of neighbouring Helensburgh. 

Sharon Kelly, SDS Head of Operations West, said: “The Education Scotland review demonstrates the commitment and hard work that goes into delivering our career information, advice and guidance services across West Dunbartonshire and Helensburgh. 

“I am extremely proud of colleagues working in the area, and I was delighted to see that Education Scotland highlighted the Nurture Group approach and the positive impact this has had on so many vulnerable young people.” 

Mary Carson, SDS Area Manager for West Dunbartonshire, added: “I’d like to congratulate the team in West Dunbartonshire on being recognised in such a positive review and thank them for their hard work and commitment. 

“I am extremely pleased with the outcome, which is testament to the hard work of colleagues delivering our services across the area. I’d particularly like to thank the team, not only for their ongoing efforts but for the contribution they all made to ensuring the review process went smoothly.” 

The report followed a week-long review process where Education Scotland assessors observed the work of staff based in the centre and local schools, as well as speaking with staff, customers and partner agencies about their experiences of SDS’s careers services. 

It also highlights the effective and welcoming service that the team delivers across the area, with the effective planning of services jointly carried out by the teams in Dumbarton and Clydebank also receiving praise. 

Also noted was the strong contribution the team makes to strategic partnership planning, helping to maximise resources and avoid duplication. All key stakeholders value SDS’s contributions very highly and expressed high levels of satisfaction with SDS services. 

How the team prepares young people in schools for further learning and employment opportunities by providing services which are tailored to the needs of individual young people was also applauded.  

The team’s work with local partners to identify those customers most in need of support and delivering a range of well-planned services to meet the range of contexts and needs of customer groups was also highlighted. For example, delivering services to vulnerable learners, or those with additional support needs, to ensure they are satisfying the requirements for all customers in the area. 

You can read the Education Scotland review of West Dunbartonshire career service here.  

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