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16 Sep 2019

Careers in care

Start your life changing career in care

Anyone looking for a job that makes a difference can get help to start a career in Scotland’s social services with our new careers website which launched today.

The website shows how someone can build a career working with children and young people, in social services and healthcare settings or as a social worker.

The new easy to use website has lots of useful information including:

  • career stories from real social service workers
  • interactive qualification pathways to show how to enter the sector and progress in your career
  • links to opportunities to work, train or study
  • frequently asked questions with advice about funding, qualifications and more.

We hope that anyone interested in social service careers can use the website to

  • make their first steps and that it gives those already working in the sector
  • some inspirational ideas about where their career might take them next.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman MSP said:

‘This new website will help highlight the wide variety of career opportunities available in this important sector. Early next year we will be launching a national recruitment campaign to promote social care as a meaningful, valued and rewarding career choice. We will link to this new website as part of our campaign to support people joining and progressing their career.’

Lorraine Gray, Scottish Social Services Council Chief Executive, welcomed the new website saying:

‘Developing and supporting career pathways in social services is key part of our work to support delivery of the National Workforce Plan for Health and Social Care.

‘This great new resource will help people start their career in social services and give workers already in the sector the ideas and information they need to progress with links to clear qualification routes and stories from other workers.

‘Last year’s economic value report1 showed that adult social care workers in Scotland were paid more than in the rest of the UK and with most employers committed to paying the Living Wage, careers in social services offer more than personal reward.

‘There is a wide range of careers in social services and every one of them makes a positive difference to people’s lives, so it really is life changing work, for people using services and workers.’

We developed the website in partnership with NHS Scotland Careers, Skills Development Scotland, Iriss, the Care Inspectorate and Scottish Government.

Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council