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Finding a job in Scotland

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Scotland has its own unique and diverse jobs market with a population of around 5.45 million people. Scotland offers a wide range of employment opportunities, for example in its towns and cities, jobs can be found in financial services, construction, logistics, digital, oil and gas industries.

While in the beautiful Scottish national parks, Highland and coastal areas, tourism and hospitality are among the key sectors.

We also see significant recruitment from the adult social care sector across most areas of the country.

Local organisations supporting people to find a job

In Scotland there are many organisations offering online support to help if you are new to the job market, considering a change of career, need help with writing a CV or with interview preparation. If you are out of work and claiming benefits, you can also contact your local jobcentre work coach for help and advice.

The Skills Development Scotland website helps you consider your career options, boost your employability and work-based skills.

Help specifically for Young people

If you need help to make decision about what career path is right for you, the Scottish Governments Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) website has lots of useful information about training and employers to better prepare young people for the world of work.

Prince’s Trust in Scotland website can help young people aged between 11- 30 years who face the biggest barriers to gain success in education, work or business.

Street League Scotland website has 21 academy locations in Scotland across 15 local authorities. They run 10-12 week programmes for unemployed 16-24 year olds to learn key skills, gain any  necessary qualifications and work experience to move into a sustainable job or further training.

Follow your local Jobcentre on Twitter

Keep up to date with jobs, events, career advice and opportunities in your local area. ‘Job hours’ run regularly and are a great place to hear from employers recruiting in your area.

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