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, Graduate 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 people manager, mentor and buddy and the same benefits package as any other employee.

Graduate Interns

Why Choose an Internship at Skills Development Scotland?

Pay & Benefits

Build on the skills you developed at university and get your graduate career off to a perfect start. You will be employed on a Fixed Term Contract for 1 year. During this year, you’ll have the opportunity to learn on the job and apply your skills to projects within your team. There are positions across SDS including: human resources, digital, Procurement, Design and Evaluation & Research to name a few.

You will earn a starting salary of £21,064 per annum 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.

We are committed to ensuring that candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.  Should you apply under the Disability Confident Guaranteed Interview scheme and be invited to the next stage we are able to make reasonable adjustments. Please make the Resourcing Adviser aware of your requirements in advance of your interview.

Development

You’ll be part of a programme of personal development with a strong support network of peers and access to a mentor service if required. We’ll support you to develop your Career Management and Core Skills to enable you to achieve your long-term career aspirations.

Career Progression

There may be an opportunity for you to progress in SDS at the end of your Internship, however should you move on, you will be equipped with new skills and knowledge to help you take the next steps into the world of work.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply you must be degree educated (SCQF level 9) and be aged 24 or younger. We will be flexible on age criteria for applicants who are care leavers or disabled, in which case you must be 29 or younger on your start date. These criteria are supported by the Government’s agenda for youth employment.

We try to make our application process as straightforward as possible. If you have any issues submitting your application, please contact us at recruitment@sds.co.uk or call 0141 468 4106.

If you are invited to interview, you can expect a warm welcome! The interview is in two parts; a group exercise and a face to face interview including a presentation. This is designed to allow the panel to see the best of you, whether that’s talking in a group setting, your presentation skills or on a one-to-one interview basis.

More Information

For assistance writing your CV or if you would like more general information about recruitment and selection processes then please visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk.

How to apply

You can find all of our Graduate Intern vacancies https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/work-with-us/current-vacancies/.

 

Modern Apprenticeship in Career Development

Why Choose a Modern Apprenticeship?

Pay & Benefits

You will be employed in 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 £17,888 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

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 development 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.

Eligibility

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 recruitment@sds.co.uk 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.

Coming Soon

Our 2019 Modern Apprentice campaign will be open for Applications in August.

We will be running local information sessions where you will be able to find out more about our opportunities. Watch this space for further details on dates and locations.

More Information

  • If you are looking for more information on what a Modern Apprenticeship will look like, please visit:
    http://www.apprenticeships.scot/
  • If you would like more general information about recruitment and selection processes, then please visit myworldofwork.co.uk.

When can I apply?

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When can I apply?

Graduate intern opportunities are now live - you can find all of our Graduate Intern vacancies here.

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