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 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 your programme you’ll gain 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 Young People Platinum accredited programme where you’ll receive personal development and support from your people manager and mentor or buddy, as well as receiving the same benefits package as any other employee.

The Personal development programme is a series of workshops designed to enhance the soft skills required to succeed in the world of work. Some examples of the workshops offered include; communication skills, project management skills and managing yourself and your workload in the workplace.

Learn more about our Modern Apprentice, Graduate Apprentice, Graduate Internship and Trainee Careers Adviser (TCA) programmes below.

 

 

 

Why Choose a Modern Apprenticeship at Skills Development Scotland?

About our Modern Apprenticeship Programme

Our two-year MA programme is designed to provide you with the opportunity to learn on the job while being supported to complete a portfolio of work to achieve your Scottish Vocational Qualification.  From your first day you will be an integral part of the team you join.  You’ll have a clearly defined role and responsibilities which contribute towards our team and our organisational goals.  You’ll receive on the job training, and where appropriate, complete e-learning or face to face training to enhance your knowledge and skills.   

You will be employed on a Fixed Term Contract for 2 years, with a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

Qualifications and Development

You will be supported by your Training Provider, your manager and have access to a mentor 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.

Many of our MAs move on to other roles within SDS 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, applicants would meet the requirements which are determined by the Framework*.

You must also 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.

*please refer to job advert for full eligibility requirements

Closing date for applications is 4 August 2021 with the interview and selection process taking place between 16 August and 3 September 2021.  

The anticipated start date for successful candidates is 4 October 2021. 

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 0300 013 5119.

Why Choose a Graduate Apprenticeship at Skills Development Scotland?

About our Graduate Apprenticeship Programme 

Our Graduate Apprenticeships are great for young people who want to learn while earning at the same time.  Not only will you enjoy the benefits of a 4-year Fixed term employment contract, you can look forward to the structured training, hands-on learning, and the support and encouragement you need to get your new career off to a strong start.  From your first day you will be an integral part of the team you join, solving problems, taking responsibility and making decisions. 

You will be employed on a Fixed Term Contract for 4 years, with a competitive salary with excellent benefits.

Qualifications and Development

As a Graduate Apprentice you’ll spend most of the time learning on the job building work experience while attending university to attain a degree level qualification. 

You’ll be part of a programme of personal development with a strong support network of peers and access to a mentor. Through a programme of workshops and training, we’ll support you to develop your Career Management and Core Skills to enable you to achieve your long-term career aspirations.

There may be an opportunity for you to progress within SDS at the end of your Graduate Apprenticeship, 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. 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, applicants would meet the requirements which are determined by the University, for example, a number of SQA Highers in particular subjects and/or a foundation or Modern Apprenticeship in a related discipline or relevant work experience (subject to application and supporting evidence)*.

You must also be aged between 16 to 24. 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.

*please refer to job advert and university website for full eligibility requirements

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Why Choose a Graduate Internship at Skills Development Scotland?

At SDS we recruit graduates that can bring a fresh perspective and a different way of thinking into our business. Each year we offer a diverse range of opportunities from across our organisation, from technical and digital roles, to creative and design, and from analytical to customer centred.

Our one-year internship programme is designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply and build on the knowledge and skills you gained at university and get your graduate career off to a perfect start. From your first day you will be an integral part of the team you join with a clearly defined role and responsibilities which contribute towards our organisational goals.

We offer a Fixed Term Contract for 1 year, with a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

There may be an opportunity for you to progress within 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. 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 must be degree educated (SCQF level 9 or above)* and be aged 24 or younger. We will be flexible on age criteria for applicants who are care experienced 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.

*please refer to job advert for full eligibility requirements as some opportunities may require a qualification in a specific discipline.

This programme will be open for application w/c 1st November 2021. Please register and apply for the ideal Intern opportunity or sign up for jobs alerts so not to miss out on any other opportunity that may be of interest to you.

Closing date for applications is 21st November 2021 with an anticipated start date of 14th February 2022.

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 0300 013 5119.

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