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National Agency Launches Inaugural Careers Week

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Scotland’s national skills agency will launch the first ever Scottish Careers Week from 15-19 November.

The aim is to encourage people of all ages to think about their skills, talents and passions and how they can expand and develop them into future career opportunities. 

It’s brought to you by Skills Development Scotland in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce and the Young Person’s Guarantee.

Free expert advice from the national career service is available in schools, a network of public centres, through a national helpline (0800 917 8000) and online at My World of World.

Minister for Higher/Further Education, Youth Employment and Training Jamie Hepburn said: 

“The disruption caused by the pandemic has had an impact on many people and industries, making the need for good quality careers advice and guidance as important as it has ever been.

“I’m delighted that the first Scottish Careers Week will showcase skills in demand and the support available, including career services and the Young Person’s Guarantee.”

Sharon McIntyre, SDS’s Head of Career Information, Advice and Guidance Operations said:

“Through an exciting range of events, activities and resources, we hope Scottish Careers Week will encourage people of all ages to find out more about the range of advice, support and opportunities that are available to help people develop their career aspirations and shape their own futures.

“There’s something for everyone – from young people, parents and carers, employers, teachers and anyone who may be looking to take that next step in their careers.”

Sharon is hoping that the first Scottish Careers Week will grow into an inclusive annual campaign that will inspire people to learn more about how they can lead the development of their own career choices and access jobs of the future.

Among the events available offering support is a free, six-part webinar series based on the popular career handbook Positive Steps to Your Future, which is open to adults of all ages.

There’s also Scotland’s Biggest Parent’s Event which will offer parents and carers information on the labour market, opportunities and the support available to help young people make career decisions.

More information about Scottish Careers Week events is available by clicking here.

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