Watch­dog praises ca­reers ser­vice

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A Cam­bus­lang ca­reers ser­vice has been rated very good by ed­u­ca­tion watch­dogs.

Skills Devel­op­ment Scot­land (SDS) ca­reers ser­vices on Cam­bus­lang Main Street scored grades of very good or good across all cat­e­gories in an Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land re­view pub­lished on Fri­day.

The na­tional skills body of­fers free ca­reers ad­vice at Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang’s three high schools, as well as ca­reers cen­tres and com­mu­nity venues.

As­ses­sors spent a week in Jan­uary ask­ing staff, cus­tomers and part­ner agen­cies in South La­nark­shire about their ex­pe­ri­ences of the SDS ser­vice.

Adult cus­tomers, in­clud­ing those fac­ing re­dun­dancy, told in­spec­tors they rated the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of SDS ca­reers staff highly, es­pe­cially their un­der­stand­ing of in­di­vid­ual need.

The re­view shows teach­ers, lec­tur­ers and part­ners con­sider SDS ca­reers staff to be ap­proach­able and help­ful and have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of young peo­ple in the area.

And fig­ures show the num­bers of young peo­ple go­ing into work, train­ing, fur­ther or higher ed­u­ca­tion in the area has in­creased in the last three years.

But the re­view also stated the ca­reers ser­vice could be bet­ter in­te­grated with the cur­ricu­lum at some schools.

SDS team leader Eric Foy said:“The re­view re­flects the ef­fec­tive sup­port we are of­fer­ing to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties across South La­nark­shire and the unique link our ca­reers staff can of­fer to na­tional skills pri­or­i­ties.

“South La­nark­shire has much to of­fer and I know the hard work of our ca­reers staff is help­ing to open the eyes of young peo­ple to the op­por­tu­ni­ties on their doorstep.”

SDS and its part­ners are now ex­pected to pro­duce an ac­tion plan to ad­dress the main points for ac­tion raised in the re­port.

A fol­low-up visit will be car­ried out in 18 months.

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