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01 Oct 2021

Careers in care

New care careers toolkit for employers, careers advisers and employment support workers

We’ve created a new toolkit on our careers website to help you help others start a career in childcare, social care or social work.

The toolkit brings together our existing careers and recruitment guidance with new resources created with partner organisations. We want to add more resources in future to help you promote these important, life changing careers.

Many people can have a role sharing this information and inspiring others to apply for social services work experience, employment or study. This includes SSSC careers ambassadors, employers, parents, employment support workers, careers advisers and teachers If you want to help us improve this toolkit in future please consider using the feedback form on the careers website.

New resources

Social service careers and employability podcast

The SSSC and Department of Work and Pensions reflect on the opportunities and challenges of our growing social service workforce and explain how employment support workers can support sustainable recruitment.

PVG scheme membership

Disclosure Scotland provides guidance about levels of disclosure including the PVG scheme and suggests helpful steps which can be taken by people with previous convictions who want to explore career opportunities in social services.

Sector overview for careers advisers and Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) school coordinators

Recorded in May 2021, this presentation by Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Care and the SSSC explains labour market information, career entry routes and what it’s like to work in social care.

Existing resources

Careers booklet and quick qualification guide

These resources contain qualification routes and stories from the careers website in print format. You can download the resources online or contact us at to request hard copies to share at careers fairs.

Values based recruitment tools

We’ve brought together popular resources which support applicants and employers to prepare for recruitment. These are the Question of Care video challenge, the Right Values Right People recruitment toolkit and the Safer Recruitment Through Better Recruitment guide.

What else can you find on

The careers website shows the different kind of routes people can take in this career, whether they are just starting out or looking to progress into different or more senior roles. The routes are brought to life in stories from current social service workers.

Donna Murray

Look out for the new career story shared by personal assistant Donna Murray.

Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council