If you’re leaving school this year, you might feel sad about not having had the end of school you were expecting. You might also be feeling worried about how the coronavirus crisis will impact on your future study or work plans.

Check out this Young Minds blog by Ella, who shares what it’s been like leaving school during lockdown and what’s helped her cope with the sense of loss: “It’s completely surreal and hugely anticlimactic. All of a sudden we have no leavers assemblies, no proms, and no emotional hugs goodbye! Now we’re just left wondering, “What are we supposed to do now?”

During this uncertain time, remember there are still organisations who are there for you to help you figure out your next steps after leaving school.

Skills Development Scotland

Who are they?

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s national skills body. If you are planning to leave school, they can offer career guidance and advice as well as information about apprenticeships.

How they can help during coronavirus:

  • SDS is continuing to provide career information, advice and guidance for everyone online and on the phone. This also includes speaking with Career Advisors.
  • They are working with individual learners and apprentices, employers, learning providers and awarding bodies to support them during this time.

Website: https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/

Helpline: 0800 917 8000

My World of Work

Who are they?

My World of Work is Scotland’s career information and advice website for people leaving school and entering work. It is part of Skills Development Scotland (SDS). They also have advice and tools to help you find out more about yourself and the career opportunities open to you.

How they can help during coronavirus:

  • Although the SDS centres are closed, the ‘My World of Work’ website is still available and you can still get one-to-one careers advice, information and guidance via the phone or web chat.
  • They also have information about vacancies with an immediate start date.

Website: https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/

LEAD Scotland

Who are they?

Lead Scotland is a charity that supports disabled people and carers. They work across Scotland to provide information and advice on post-school learning and training opportunities for pupils leaving school.

How they can help during coronavirus:

  • Although their usual face-to-face learning and befriending services are not happening at the moment, Lead are still supporting people online and by telephone.
  • Their website also has a huge list of other websites, apps and information about how you can continue to learn online during this time.

Website: https://www.lead.org.uk/

Phone number: 0131 228 9441

Enable Works

Who are they?

Enable Works supports young people with learning disabilities to find employment opportunities.

How they can help during coronavirus:

The Enable Works team are available to support with applications, interview skills and prep. They can also help with Modern Apprenticeship applications and interviews, CV building, and other soft-skills building. They’re offering mindfulness and support with anxieties and stress for school leavers worrying about the future too.

Website: https://www.enable.org.uk/our-partners/

Phone: 0300 0200 101