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. 

Lesley's story

"In my opinion Skills Development Scotland (SDS) always puts people, both staff and customers, at the heart of everything we do. It's a very supportive environment to work in, where colleagues are always willing to help each other to deliver the best service for our customers."
Lesley Robertson, Careers Adviser

There is a structured programme of ongoing learning and development to ensure that you always feel well equipped to perform to the best of your abilities. Staff can also suggest training that they feel would benefit them in their job role. There are always additional projects that you can opt to get involved in and a culture of everyday leadership.

As someone who identifies as LGBT and a person with a disability, I can say with confidence that SDS as an exemplar in equality and diversity. When I wanted to start our LGBT + Allies Network I had the full support of the Management Team, encouragement from the Human Resources Equality Team and the enthusiastic participation of other colleagues. SDS is a Stonewall Top 100 employer and has been highlighted by Stonewall as a top employer for trans inclusion.

I've worked as a Careers Adviser for over 18 years and I have recommended SDS as a fantastic place to work to numerous people over the years. If you want to be yourself at work and make a positive difference, please consider applying to Skills Development Scotland.

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.