Skills Development Scotland offers careers advice, guidance and information to pupils in school, and to people of all ages in Scotland.

Skills Development Scotland can offer free and impartial advice on education, training, careers and jobs.

Gillian Ross is the Careers Adviser for Balerno High School. She is in school for interviews on Tuesdays and Thursdays & holds a clinic for quick questions on Tuesday lunchtime. Gillian can be contacted at gillian.ross@sds.co.uk , Tel: 0131 718 2082   Mobile: 07884113068.

Our Careers Adviser offer pupils group sessions, drop-in lunchtime clinics and face-to-face coaching, where appropriate. This is supported by Scotland’s careers and information web service My World of Work www.myworldofwork.co.uk

My World of Work helps you with up-to-date information, advice and tools when you need it most:

  • Subject choices – understand your strengths and make better choices about your subject choices and future career
  • Leaving school – find a career that interests you and understand the skills you need to get the job you want
  • Exam results – straight into a job or onto further learning? Whatever your grades find help in planning your next steps
  • Preparing for a job – discover Scotland’s industries, search for jobs, build your CV and practice for interviews
  • Modern Apprenticeships – why not earn as you learn. Find out what apprenticeships are available in Scotland and how they work

Parents or carer? Use My World of Work to access reliable and accurate careers information and advice to help you to support the child in you life through those big career decisions.You can also meet with the school Careers Adviser at parent’s evenings

Leaving school?

Careers Advice and support to access opportunities is also available from Skills Development Scotland for school leavers. We have a dedicated post school team to work with school leavers to help support them with their next steps.Your local Centre is at 79 Shandwick Place Edinburgh EH2 4SD. You can drop in between 9-5 Mon-Fri or phone 0131 718 2040 for an appointment.

We also have a centre at Cairngorm House, Almondvale Boulevard, Livingston, EH54 6QN, 01506 434 249.

Our Balerno High School post school team are based at Shandwick Place. Contact them on 0131 718 2040

Gerry Devenney, Work Coach

Fiona McInnes, Personal Adviser

Linda Dalziel, Post school Careers Coach

Useful links

myworldofwork.co.uk – for all your work, skills and learning needs

www.apprenticeships.scot   –  apprenticeship vacancies for  young people to access across Scotland.

SDS Edinburgh and SDS West Lothian Facebook pages offer information on events, vacancies and careers support available

www.edinburghguarantee.org.uk – job, apprenticeship and training vacancies for school leavers in the Edinburgh area