Even if leaving school this year is not quite what you had imagined, there are organisations in Scotland who are there for you. They can help support you to 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:

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:

Some of the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) careers centres are now open for face-to face appointments. Contact your local centre to make an appointment with an adviser. 

The ‘My World of Work’ website is still available and you can also get one-to-one careers advice, information and guidance via the phone or web chat.

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

Helpline: 0800 917 8000

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:

Although their usual face-to-face learning and befriending services are not all 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:

They are available to support with applications, CV building and interview skills and preparation.

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

These organisations in Scotland are there to help you work out what your next step is if you’re leaving school. However, it’s important to remember that your school is also there to help offer advice and support as you take this next step.