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Careers Adviser – North Operations


About the Role

Working alongside other stakeholders and partners, Skills Development Scotland has a central contribution to make in delivering the governments priorities for action within ‘Skills for Scotland’ – developing people, assisting employers and helping to improve the accessibility and coherence of learning and training opportunities.


North Operations are seeking applications from individuals who have enthusiasm and motivation to work with people of all ages who are experiencing difficulties in their career planning and development.  As a Careers Adviser, you will work directly with young people at school and college, unemployed MCMC clients, adult JSA claimants referred from JCP and employees at risk of redundancy.


Once fully qualified, the Careers Adviser will deliver career information, advice and guidance through a coaching approach, to all age clients through a range of different channels to facilitate the development of career management skills, including lifelong learning ambitions.  As facilitator and advocate, the Careers Adviser will work, through a range of partner agencies, to inspire, motivate and encourage clients to achieve their full potential.


This is a part time, permanent position (21 hrs) and will be based in Stornoway. Due to the rurality of the location, a full clean driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential.


About SDS

Skills Development Scotland is the national skills body supporting the people and businesses of Scotland in building highly productive workplaces through the development of skills across the range of industry sectors.  SDS plays a key role in driving forward Scotland’s economic future through their delivery of the Scottish Government’s economic and skills strategy.  SDS helps the skills and learning system to better respond to the needs of the economy and help individuals benefit from a variety of learning and skills development opportunities.


About You

Ideally, you’ll possess a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (QCGD) or equivalent qualification which is the Post Graduate Certificate in Career Guidance coupled with SVQ Level 4 in Careers Advice and Guidance.

However, candidates who possess a minimum HND in a Social Science related subject who can demonstrate extensive, relevant work experience in working with customers to develop their employability skills, will also be considered. You’ll be able to demonstrate strong coaching skills coupled with a broad knowledge and understanding of policy and practice in the field of career guidance. You’ll also need to be willing to make the commitment to study the Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development (QCGD).


We would particularly welcome applications from Gaelic speakers.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 6th September 2017.


To find out more about working at SDS and our application process, please visit www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/careers/