Career Education

Career Education

Castlebrae Additional Support for Learning Team

Castlebrae CHS provides effective Career Education and Guidance in a variety of ways, placing individual students at the centre of the process. It forms an important part of the Personal and Social Education programme from P7 transition into S1 and through to S6.

At crucial times in a Student’s school career, e.g. when choosing new courses (S3-S5), expert advice is on hand for our students from our Skills Development Scotland Careers Adviser. One to one interviews help students move forward with their career plans and groups learn career management skills, supporting students with their own research.

In S5 and S6, careers conventions are held for those looking towards employment and Further Education. It is very important that teachers and employers work together to help bridge the gap between school and working life. Castlebrae CHS has extensive and well-established Partnerships with the business community to help achieve this.

Our Big Business Breakfast Event – Developing Partnerships to embed Career Education in the Castlebrae Curriculum – June 2019

School Careers Adviser, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) – Career Information Advice and Guidance

As young people begin to explore their options for further learning and work, it is important that they identify their skills and strengths as they make decisions about what they want to do next. Working with school staff our SDS Careers Adviser can help young people get ready for this exciting stage in their lives and prepare for their future.

Through our Castlebrae CHS Careers Adviser, Megan Welsh, SDS provides a range of support to help all Castlebrae students to develop career management skills and to make well-informed decisions about their career pathways. Schools are now building career management skills into the curriculum and through the Government’s Career Education Standards are improving access to careers support from day one.

Megan will work with Guidance staff to help students who need tailored support to explore the training and skills necessary for the job or career which is right for them. She also attends parents’ evenings and subject choice events (S3-6) in school and in addition can provide online and email support to parents and students for specific questions.

Joyce provides group sessions for all year groups, as well as face-to-face 1-2-1 coaching for many pupils as they approach their school leaving date (Joyce is available outside term time by emailing or calling 0131 376 2287, SDS is also on Twitter @skillsdevscot where posts of reminders and advice for pupils and parents and the team, SDS Edinburgh, are also on Facebook ).

Making Subject Choices and School Leavers

After 4, 5 or 6 years of secondary education, moving onto the next stage of their ‘career’ can be a daunting prospect for many young people. Whilst there are many supports available in school, having conversations with the people who know them best, their parents/carers, can be very influential in helping their child move into a Positive Destination.

Positive destinations could be in Employment, Training, College, University, Modern Apprenticeships or roles as may be found on the Edinburgh Guarantee website or other personal development solutions suggested by Guidance or Careers Advisers.

All Careers Adviser and Guidance activity is underpinned by online resources and tools on My World of Work. My World of Work provides information for a variety of reasons.

S3: Starting in S3, Castlebrae Students are encouraged to use My World of Work to investigate what careers they could do with their preferred subject choices.

S4-6: For those closer to their school leaving date My World of Work is packed with information and tools helping students and parents to find different careers, College/University/other courses, Apprenticeships and to investigate what options are best for them. For those looking to enter directly into employment after school, My World of Work has valuable tools to help users build and customize their CVssearch for jobssource funding for learning, and many other tools.

This Career Education: A World of Possibilities parent/carers guide created by The National Parent Forum of Scotland gives a full picture of the careers and decision-making activities that your child will avail of as a Scottish school student between the ages of 3-18yrs.

Castlebrae My World Of Work Ambassadors at the Celebration Event – Holy Rood High School, September 2018

Post School Support

SDS continues to support young people leaving school up to the age of 18.5yrs or up to 26yrs for those with care experience. Our post school team is comprised of school-specific advisers and work coaches that can assist young people in making their career, training or learning next steps.


Apprenticeships have changed, with more than 80 different types covering hundreds of jobs. With a Modern Apprenticeship you get a job, get paid and get qualified – in some roles right up to degree level. No wonder more than 25,000 people choose a Modern Apprenticeship every year. The SDS website allows you to search for apprenticeships, apply online and find out more about the different levels of qualifications. You can also check out Foundation Apprenticeships which help you kick-start your career from S5 and S6 in Castlebrae.

My Kids Career Website   

My Kid’s Career – Smart choices, bright futures. Starting the conversation can be the most challenging bit.

Research tells us that parents and carers are by far and away the biggest influence on children’s careers decisions. And if you’re invested in their future, it’s important you talk to them.

When do you do it? How do you do it? Who are you to tell them what to do with their life?

But we get it. Things may have changed since you were in their shoes. Exams may be different, subjects may be different and the world of work has changed forever. And that can make it difficult to start the chat about ambitions and choices. contains step-by-step conversation guides, designed with our careers advisers, break down big topics into manageable chunks.


Digital World

Careers in digital technologies offer endless possibilities and opportunities. Scotland’s digital technologies sector needs lots more people like you right now and in the future. Digital World provides information on tech careers in Scotland, ways to get in and where to study. Be inspired…find out more by visiting, and follow @DigitalWorldHQ or Digital World on Facebook.

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