Support For Summer School Leavers

Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) support for young people who are leaving school doesn’t stop when the summer holidays start.

Career advisers will be available to discuss options and next steps with young people in our local centres or on calls to our national Helpline (0800 917 8000).


SDS’s National CIAG Policy & Professional Practice Manager Sandra Cheyne said: “We know that this has been a challenging year and it is important to acknowledge the impact that this has had on young people.
It’s also important to reassure them that our help doesn’t stop for the summer holidays. Their schools may be closed, but we are still here and will continue working with them.”
That support for young people includes advice about different options, signposting to opportunities that are available and advice about results.
Sandra said: “Some young people have found this year more difficult than others which has had an impact on their wellbeing and mental health. We can help them find the support that is right for them and encourage them to use their career management skills.
“Other young people will want to find work, an apprenticeship, be planning to go to college or university, or they may want to just enjoy the summer break. When they are ready to take the next step in their career journey, SDS is there for them.”

Scotland’s careers website My World of Work has a dedicated area for school leavers where they can find out more about the support and options that are available.

School leavers can contact a careers advisers – even if their school is closed – by calling the SDS Helpline which is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm or contact their local careers centre to book an appointment.