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26 October 2023

New chapter for careers service in Kilmarnock

Residents in Kilmarnock will soon benefit from changes to the careers service.

Scotland's career services CIAG

Skills Development Scotland (SDS), who deliver the national careers service, is changing location to help more customers.

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

As part of the change, SDS is moving to CentreStage on 13 November.

The move will bring careers services into a popular town centre community venue, with improved accessibility for customers. CentreStage is a charity which helps people achieve life changing social benefits through participation in the arts. In preparation for this, the team will move out of its careers centre at 55 John Finnie Street on 3 November.

Shona Mitchell, SDS Head of Operations South West explains: “Our professionally qualified careers advisers provide a vital service to people in Kilmarnock and across East Ayrshire.

“Our new location means customers in the town can access our services easily in a familiar setting. It also supports our ambition to work more closely with partners to make a lasting difference in the community."

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"It supports our ambition to work more closely with partners to make a lasting difference in the community"

Shona Mitchell

Head of CIAG Operations South West

CentreStage Founder Fiona McKenzie said: “We are so delighted that Skills Development Scotland is co locating with CentreStage. The services they provide are already invaluable and having them here in the heart of CentreStage will bring so much opportunity to all the people and organisations who are be part of our community, now and in the future. We cannot wait to welcome them.”Careers Advisers will be available at CentreStage from 13 November, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. During the interim period, 6-10 November, customers can visit other local SDS sites located in partner venues:

  • SL33, Titchfield Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 1QW

  • Job Centre Plus, 33-43 Townhead Street, Cumnock KA18 1JZ

Customers can contact the local SDS team on 01563 527165 to find out more about the change and to make an appointment.
SDS advisers work across the country supporting anyone looking to get into work, change career, upskill or reskill, or re-join the workforce after a career break. 

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