People whose work or learning has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can access support through enhanced career and employment services.
National skills agency Skills Development Scotland (SDS), working in partnership with local authorities has developed services for individuals in a range of circumstances, including furloughed workers and those looking for employment.
School pupils and their parents and carers can also access a wide range of support as they consider their options, whether staying on or preparing to leave school.
Recognising the wide range of services available nationally and locally, SDS is working with partners to ensure people can find and access the right support at the right time.
A wealth of information and advice can be accessed through Scotland’s national online service My World of Work, including a range of learning courses and immediately available jobs. There’s also support with developing your CV, skills tools, applying for jobs and links to local support as a wide range of services are provided by local authorities to help people progress towards Fair Work.
As well as its existing support, SDS is offering direct access to free one-to-one career support with expert advisers over the telephone.
Business, Fair Work and Skills Minister, Jamie Hepburn said: “In these challenging times it is more important than ever that people in need of careers support – be they furloughed workers, those looking for employment or school pupils worried about their learning – can access the services they need.
“I’m pleased that Skills Development Scotland, in partnership with local authorities, is providing this additional expert advice, enabling people to access support safely during the lockdown. I would encourage anyone who needs help to find out more at myworldofwork.co.uk.”
Councillor Kelly Parry, the COSLA spokesperson for community wellbeing, said: “I am delighted that this national initiative has been developed in partnership with Local Government and that the helpline’s integration with local advice and support has been prioritised. It provides a great opportunity for joined up support to help people affected by crisis and as part of the coming recovery phase."
James Russell, director of career, information, advice & guidance operations at SDS, said: “Getting the right support has never been more important, which is why SDS is working with our National and Local Authority partners to provide information and advice on the range of support and services available for people in Scotland. People can also receive one to one guidance from expert careers advisers which will help them make the right choices now and for the future.”