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29 Oct 2021

Careers in care

Focus on careers and recruitment

We have some new and exciting news and updates about studying, careers, funding and recruitment in the social work, social care and early years sector.

Study with the OU in Scotland 

Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your skills and career? Would you like to study for free with the Open University? There are a limited number of module places available which are funded by the National Transition Training Fund. Applications will close when the places are filled. Find out more on the Open University website

Coming soon: Introduction to a career in social care short course

This new short course, delivered online, has been developed by colleges in Scotland to help people who are unemployed or at risk of becoming unemployed to learn about a career in care. It has been developed with funding from the National Transition Training Fund from Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council. You can learn more on the College Development Network website.

If you’re an employer and want to keep up to date with opportunities to get involved, please email to sign up to our mailing list for an online event taking place on 24 November 2021.

Did you know we’re exhibiting at Skills Scotland?

This year, the Skills Scotland national careers fair will be held online. We’ll be taking part to raise awareness about life changing careers in early years, social care and social work. If you know a young person or someone who is looking for a new career please let them know it’s free to attend. They can book their free place on the Prospects Event website

Flexible Workforce Development Fund

We’ve updated our guidance for social service employers. Take a look to learn how you can provide funded upskilling opportunities and qualifications for your employees. There is funding for small to medium sized organisations (under 250 employees) and organisations which pay the apprenticeship levy.  

Read the flexible workforce development fund: guidance for social service employers in Scotland here.

Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council