Our colleagues share what makes Skills Development Scotland a great place to work.

Joe's Story

"It’s very hard to find an employer like Skills Development Scotland who take a vested interest in your career journey and offer as many opportunities for you to succeed."
Joe McCrystal, Careers Adviser

I left school at the age of 16 with a few qualifications and no clear vision of what career I wanted to pursue. After studying multimedia at college and working in retail for a few years, I secured a Modern Apprenticeship with SDS in Business Administration for the Operations team. Looking back, it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.

During my time at SDS, I’ve completed my apprenticeship, worked as a Business Analyst and achieved the Careers Guidance Qualification at University.

It’s very hard to find an employer like Skills Development Scotland who take a vested interest in your career journey and offer as many opportunities for you to succeed.

I’m now working as a School Careers Adviser sharing my experiences with pupils to help support their career journey and guiding them to make positive decisions about their future.

Natalie's story

"It's been great to have the ability to focus on my personal development and my progression within my role rather than overcoming unnecessary barriers."
Natalie Bell, Health and Safety Modern Apprentice

Even as early as the recruitment stage, I already felt that SDS was going to be a good fit for me. The team kept in touch with me prior to interview and were so understanding of my disability and put all the adjustments in place that I requested.

Before starting my role with SDS, I met the extended team and viewed my working space to understand what adjustments I would need to carry out my duties. The whole reasonable adjustments process was extremely positive and stress free.

As a wheelchair user, it is refreshing for me not to worry about every little thing, which people can take for granted, when starting a new role. My work colleagues were so accepting and willing to embrace the change, not just for me, but also for their working environment.

It's been great to have the ability to focus on my personal development and my progression within my role rather than overcoming unnecessary barriers. I would strongly recommend Skills Development Scotland as an inclusive place to work and a great place for young people to start their career journey. 

Paul's story

"I love what I do, and I love SDS as an employer. Skills Development Scotland is an inclusive employer which supports me as a member of the LGBTQ+ community."
Paul Ferguson, SDS Academy Coordinator

Steve Jobs once said: The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t Settle.

I can really relate to this quote. From the age of 14, I wanted to be a Roman Catholic Priest. I went to Rome, studied for four years and realised that I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing, but I hadn’t found that which I loved.

Next, I tried banking and that lasted all of three months, hotel reception was the same until I became responsible for the training, management and development of 10 people - now I was getting somewhere.

This led me to a career in learning and development at Skills Development Scotland. I love what I do, and I love SDS as an employer. Skills Development Scotland is an inclusive employer which supports me as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. SDS supports me to perform to the best of my capability, gives me access to great benefits and encourages me in my career ambitions.

Navid's story

"I joined SDS as a disabled employee and have received tremendous support from my colleagues, my manager and everyone else within North Lanarkshire and have specialist equipment to support my abilities to work as a Careers Adviser."
Navid Siddique, Careers Adviser

After facing redundancy, I decided to retrain as a Careers Adviser and completed my Qualification in Careers Guidance at University of Strathclyde. Within a few weeks of graduating, I secured my first job as a Careers Adviser in Glasgow.

I’ve now been employed as a Careers Adviser at SDS since 2016 and have enjoyed every second of my role. I support customers from 16 to 65-years-old who are care experienced, living with disabilities, low on confidence, lacking recent work history, New Scots living within North Lanarkshire and career changers.

My role involves assisting my customers to identify their strengths and learning needs. I also help them pursue their career aspirations to gain sustainable employment or qualifications to further their studies at college or university.

I’m able to continue enhancing my careers guidance practice through the SDS Academy training. I also share my knowledge with and support newly qualified Careers Advisers on a regular basis and link up with local partner organisations and communities all over North Lanarkshire. 

SDS is truly an exemplar employer and I encourage candidates to apply.