MA - Career Development - Musselburgh

CIAG Operations
South East
East & Midlothian
Vacancy Type
Modern Apprenticeship
2 Years
People Manager
Driving Licence required
PVG required
Closing Date
Ref No

At Skills Development Scotland (SDS) we are ambitious about diversity and inclusion and want our organisation to reflect the people of Scotland. We welcome applications from everyone. However, as we do not have as many employees who are disabled, care experienced, male or from minority ethnic communities, we particularly welcome applications from these groups.

If you require this advert in another format, please contact or call the resourcing team on 0141 468 4106.

About the Role

We are excited to announce that we have fantastic opportunities to join our team of Careers Advisers as a Modern Apprentice in Career Development (SVQ level 3). Our Careers Advisers provide information, advice and guidance to customers. They work with them to build their career management and employability skills and support them throughout their career journey.

Supported by a mentor you will undertake a range of duties such as:

  • Responding to customer enquiries face to face and on the phone
  • Signposting customers to relevant SDS services
  • Promoting our services to young people who are in school or are unemployed
  • Supporting the co-delivery of group sessions
  • Maintaining accurate customer records

During your time with us you will be encouraged to build and maintain knowledge of the local and national economy. Also, how education, skills and industry all work together.

You will be employed on a 2-year fixed term contract and will be based at Adam Ferguson House, Station Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7PQ. There may be some travel required around the local area to meet the requirements of the role.  You may also be expected to travel further afield for occasional meetings and training. 

You do not need any previous work experience. This is a work-based training programme. We will provide on the job training and guided learning in each area of work. 

Due to the type of work and customer contact employees in Career Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) have with young people and their personal data, successful applicants will be subject to a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check by Disclosure Scotland.

PVG is a Government regulated scheme which undertakes a criminal record check to ensure that any potential employee is suitable to work with young people or have access to their personal data.   We will explain more about this scheme and the process if you are successful following the assessment centre.

About You

There are no minimum* entry requirements for this role. You do require a good level of written and verbal communication skills and IT skills to be able to communicate in a business environment. We are looking for young people with a willingness to learn and with the right behaviours and attitude to be able to successfully complete the apprenticeship while you work. As a Modern Apprentice you could be on the first step of your career journey to becoming a fully qualified Careers Adviser.

*Although we do not state a minimum entry level qualification we do operate on the basis if you already have achieved a qualification equivalent to SCQF 9 (SVQ 4 or ordinary degree) then we are unable to progress your application. If you have a degree then please visit our website and register for alerts for Graduate Trainee Careers Adviser opportunities.

If you are a people person, work well in a team, are organised, and want to help and inspire others then we want to hear from you.  If you are still uncertain if this is the right opportunity for you then please call us on 0141 468 4106 or email Alternatively, you are welcome to attend one of our information sessions.  Please find all the information for your local session here

What will I learn

In your role you will be supported in your learning and development to achieve the Modern Apprenticeship framework in Career Development. This includes working toward the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) level 3 (SCQF Level 7) in “Enabling Clients to Access Career Development Services”. But more importantly you will be part of a great team who are passionate about helping others to develop their skills and reach their potential.

To Apply

To support the government’s initiative on youth employment, candidates must be aged 24 or younger at 26th January 2020. We will accept applications from candidates who identify as care experience or disabled up to the age of 29.

As part of our commitment to our Disability Confident Employer status, disabled applicants who meet the minimum qualifying criteria will be invited to interview. At each stage of the selection process, we’ll ask you to let us know about any reasonable adjustments you require so that you can participate fully in the selection activities.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 1st September 2019.  Assessment Centres will be held week commencing 7th October 2019.

About SDS

SDS is the national skills agency supporting the people and businesses of Scotland. We support individuals to build their career management, work-based and employability skills, from school, into further learning opportunities and employment. We use skills intelligence to help people inform their decisions at all stages of their careers, so that they are well-placed to take up the opportunities arising within the economy.