Get the experience you need to launch your career with SDS’s Young Talent Programme.

Our Young Talent Programme helps you take the first steps in your career as a Modern Apprentice, Trainee Careers Adviser or Graduate Intern.

It’s an exciting opportunity where you’ll be working to help develop and deliver our services. As you progress through the programme you’ll get the skills and experience you need to take your career to the next level – whether that’s another role within SDS or in the wider world of work.

It’s an Investors in People accredited programme where you’ll receive personal development, support from your line manager or buddy and the same benefits package as any other employee.

Graduate Interns

Build on the skills you developed at university and get your graduate career off to a perfect start.

During this one year role you’ll have the opportunity learn on the job and apply your skills to projects within your team. There are positions across SDS including: employer services, finance and audit, service development, digital, marketing, procurement and policy.

Trainee Careers Advisers

As a Trainee Careers Adviser, you can expect to be working in schools or in career centres across Scotland.

You’ll be learning from professionally qualified careers staff who will support you to provide great advice and coaching to young people and adults.

The programme has three entry points depending on if you’re a recent school or college leaver or already have a degree. Each entry point lasts two years:

Stage one: A  traineeship supporting school or college leavers to achieve an SVQ Level 3 (SCQF 7) in career development.

Stage two: A technical apprenticeship designed for individuals who are educated to HNC or equivalent SCQF level. You will undertake a SVQ (SCQF Level 9) in Career Information, Advice and Employability Support.

Stage three: A traineeship designed for graduates. You will complete the SDS Trainee Careers Adviser Development Plan and a Post Graduate Qualification in Careers Guidance and Development (QCGD) as a distance learning course.

Modern Apprenticeships

Why Choose a Modern Apprenticeship?

Pay & Benefits

You will be employed a Fixed Term Contract for two years. During this time you’ll learn on the job while you work towards an industry recognised qualification (SVQ). You will earn a starting salary of £16,950 as well as receiving the following benefits:

• 30 days annual leave
• 13 days public holiday
• Generous pension scheme
• Flexi-time
• Excellent professional development

Equality & Diversity

At SDS we are ambitious about diversity and inclusion and want our organisation to reflect the people of Scotland and be a place where people can be themselves. We actively promote diversity and inclusion within our workforce, and particularly welcome applications from groups that are currently underrepresented including disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities and those who are care experienced.

Qualifications and Training

The majority of our frameworks to do not require attendance at college. You will be supported by your Training Provider, and your manager, in the workplace to complete your portfolio and achieve your SVQ. In addition you will also be encouraged to attend our own in-house bespoke training programme which will develop your soft and employability skills to equip you for the world of work.

Career Progression

Many of our MAs move on to other roles with us at the end of their apprenticeship. However, should you move on, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge as well as a formal qualification to help you take the next steps into the world of work. We will also put you in touch with a Careers Adviser to coach and guide you as you navigate your options.


To be eligible to apply you will be aged 16 to 24 years old. We will be flexible on age criteria for applicants who are care leavers or disabled, in which case you must be 29 or younger at your start date. These criteria are supported by the Government’s agenda for youth employment.

Application & Selection Process

We try to make our application process as straight forward as possible. If you have any issues submitting your application please contact us at or call 0141 468 4106.

If you are invited to interview you can expect a warm welcome! The interview will be in two parts; a group exercise and face to face interview. This is designed to allow the panel to see the best of you, whether that’s talking in a group setting or on a one-to-one basis. More information on what you can expect on the day will be sent to you with your invitation.

More Information

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