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 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 Young People Gold 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.

Learn more about our Modern Apprentice, Graduate Apprentice and Graduate Intern programmes below. 

 

 

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 £19,175 as well as receiving the following benefits:

  • 30 days annual leave
  • 13 days public holidays
  • 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 personal development programme which will develop your career management and core 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, we will give you all the information you need to help you prepare. Our normal process would involve a face to face interview and group exercise, however the current situation with regards COVID-19 means that this may not be possible if social distancing measures remain in place, in this event we will utilise online recruitment tools such as aptitude testing and video interviews. Again, we will support you to ensure you have everything you need to take part in the process. More information on what you can expect on the day will be sent to you with your invitation.

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 co.uk.

When can I apply?

You can view opportunities on our current vacancies page.

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Why Choose a Graduate Apprenticeship at Skills Development Scotland?

Get on the job experience! Get Paid! Get a degree!

About our Graduate Apprenticeship Programme 

Our Graduate Apprenticeships are great for school leavers 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 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. 

Pay & Benefits

As an SDS 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.  There are positions across SDS including: Business Management, Cyber, Data Science, IT Management for Business and Software Development.

Pay & Benefits

You will earn a starting salary of £19,749 per annum increasing as you progress through the 4-year programme as well as receiving the following benefits:

  • 30 days annual leave
  • 13 days public holiday
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Flexi-time
  • Mentor support

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. 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 in 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.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants should have either 4 SQA Highers at grade BBBB (or equivalent *with some courses looking for Highers in Maths and/or Computing), 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 for full eligibility requirements

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

If you are invited to interview, we will give you all the information you need to help you prepare.  Our normal process would involve a face to face interview and group exercise, however the current situation with regards COVID-19 means that this may not be possible if social distancing measures remain in place, In this event we will utilise online recruitment tools such as aptitude testing and video interviews.  Again, we will support you to ensure you have everything you need to take part in the process.

How to apply

You can find all of our vacancies here.

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 £21,696 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. 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 vacancies here.

 

When can I apply?

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