National campaign returns to highlight career support across the country 

Scottish Careers Week is back from 7-11 November and schools, employers and career practitioners are all encouraged to get involved

SCOTTISH Careers Week is back from 7-11 November and schools, employers and career practitioners are all encouraged to get involved.

The campaign comes at an important time for people across the country as they deal with the cost-of-living crisis, the ongoing fall-out of the pandemic, and the climate emergency. 

As people think about their career and education choices in response to these pressures, Scottish Careers Week will crucially help people of all ages access and understand the opportunities out there, and the support available to them.

Delivered by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), the national skills agency, along with a wide range of local and national partners, Scottish Careers Week aims to build on the success of the first campaign in 2021 to showcase job opportunities across Scotland’s industries.

The week will feature a wide range of events and activities to help people explore, understand and manage their career choices, and the services and resources available to support them.  

With an expert SDS careers adviser in every state secondary school, and over 50 career centres across Scotland, events will take place across the country to highlight the support available for school pupils right through to adult career changers.

Employers and organisations across key Scottish sectors are also planning events and resources for the week to provide career inspiration to attract future and current talent to their industries.

Education, learning and training providers will also create opportunities for their learners to expand their knowledge and experience of the world of work.

A report titled Careers by Design was published in February following a review of career services in Scotland. The report included 10 recommendations designed to ensure career services support people to thrive in the future.

Careers by Design also highlighted that Scotland has world class career services. However, with the world of work changing at a rapid pace, this report evidenced how services must evolve in response to a changing world of work.

SDS’s Head of CIAG Operations Sharon McIntyre said: “The Career Review has shone a light on the importance of building people’s knowledge and experience of the world of work, from early years right through their career journey.

“We hope to have more schools, employers and organisations across Scotland join us this year and get involved with Scottish Careers Week. By working together, we can ensure people of all ages have exciting opportunities this November to explore their career options.”

Utilising its extensive evidence base, Skills Development Scotland is engaging with employers and organisations from Scotland’s key sectors to use Scottish Careers Week as an opportunity to highlight opportunities in their industry and shape their own future workforce.

Jamie Hepburn, Scottish Government Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, said: “I welcome the return of Scottish Careers Week. It will allow employers to highlight the exciting career opportunities available and showcase routes and pathways into those roles – supporting people to make informed career decisions and employers to reach local talent.” 

People of all ages can access career support from SDS’s expert careers advisers in school, in SDS centres across the country or at any time on My World of Work, Scotland’s career website.  

Careers practitioners, schools, employers and organisations with an interest in taking part in Scottish Careers Week can download the campaign toolkit for inspiration on how they can get involved. 

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