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Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) careers service scored top marks in a report from Education Scotland, receiving five grades of ‘very good’.

The review, published today (22 November), cited an area of excellent practice from SDS staff in the area, praising the team’s effectiveness in identifying the needs of the most vulnerable groups. Working closely with a broad range of strategic and operational partners on an ongoing basis has enabled the SDS team in Falkirk to identify those individuals who are not engaging with SDS CIAG services, and who are at risk of not progressing to, or sustaining, a positive destination.

The example of excellent practice cited Generation A, a programme which helps young people to overcome the confidence issues which are preventing them from engaging with SDS and progressing into a positive destination. Read more about the difference Generation A has made to one particular customer.

SDS provides free, impartial career information, advice and guidance for people of all ages across Falkirk, with advisers working in the careers centre in Falkirk itself, all eight secondary schools in the region and from an extensive range of partner premises across the area. The team also delivers CIAG services within Her majesty’s Young Offenders Institution (HMYOI) Polmont.

Grant McDougall, SDS Head of Operations South East, said: “The Education Scotland review demonstrates the hard work and commitment that goes into delivering our career information, advice and guidance services across Falkirk.

“I am extremely proud of the team and I was particularly pleased to see that Education Scotland highlighted the difference the team is making by so effectively identifying the needs of the most vulnerable groups and those at greatest risk of not progressing to a positive destination. Many congratulations to everyone involved.” 

Val Ormiston, SDS Area Manager, added: “I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the Education Scotland review and am delighted that the efforts of the team working across Falkirk have been recognised.

“We work very hard to develop strong relationships with partners and I’m particularly pleased that this has been recognised by the Education Scotland review team. I am extremely grateful to all our partners for the support they give us and in helping us achieve such a positive report.”

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.

You can read review of Falkirk’s careers service on the Education Scotland website.

Find out more about Scotland’s careers service at

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