Skills Development Scotland offers careers advice, guidance and information to pupils in school, and to people of all ages in Scotland.


Throughout your time at school you’ll have to make some big decisions about your future.

Ailsa Morgan, Careers Coach, is based in the school to give you the careers support you need.  Through a combination of group sessions, one-to-one interviews and drop in clinics Ailsa and her colleagues will help you understand how your personality, interests and values are key to making the right career decisions.  Careers support can also help you understand how to develop and use your talents and skills, explore where they could take you, and identify who can help you along on your career journey.


Ailsa is in school on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays and is based in the careers interview room in the library.  Appointments can be requested through your Pupil Support Leader or booked directly by email or phone;


0794 659 5260


A Lunchtime Clinic is held on Tuesdays between 1pm and 1.45pm, where you can drop-in without an appointment to speak to Ailsa with any questions or queries.

Katie Scott is the new Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) School’s Coordinator for James Gillespie’s. Katie’s role is to develop and implement a programme of employer engagement aimed at bringing employer insight into the curriculum, increasing pupils’ awareness of the labour market and highlighting a range of career pathways in order to support a positive and sustained destination beyond school. Working alongside Ailsa Morgan, our Skills Development Scotland Careers Coach, as she provides career information, advice & guidance.


Katie will seek out and develop opportunities for young people to engage and interact with local employers through career insights sessions, employability programmes, scholarships, work placements, apprenticeships and much more. Katie will share these opportunities through the School Bulletin, Blog (see at the bottom of this page) and social media.


Katie can be reached at

SDS Edinburgh also has its own Facebook page. The page advertises local Modern Apprenticeships, explains Skills Development Scotland’s services in and out of school, Careers Events and has useful links to our My World of Work web service.  Please ‘like’ the page and browse the content. The link is as follows:


Vacancies and training opportunities for school leavers are advertised on The Edinburgh Guarantee Website and you can register on this site for job alerts.


My World of Work


My World of Work is Scotland’s online careers information and advice service – offering tools to help you choose a career. You’ll also find information and advice on topics like CVs and interviews, learning and training, job vacancies and apprenticeships. If you’re a parent, there’s advice on how to support your child as they make career decisions. To find out more go to, follow @mywowscotland on Twitter or My World of Work on Facebook.


My Kids Career


If you’re a parent or carer and want to know about future jobs, navigating options, choices and pathways for your child another great resources is


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. Want to know more? At you can search for apprenticeships, apply for apprenticeship jobs and find out more about the different levels of qualifications. You can also check out Foundation Apprenticeships which help you kick-start your career before you even leave school. Go to and follow @apprentice_scot.


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.


Creative Careers


A website to help young people discover the range of jobs available Discover Creative Careers designed to help students their parents and teachers find out more about careers in industries including advertising, architecture, fashion, film and television, museums and galleries, performing arts and publishing – and the routes to them.  The Creative Careers Programme aims to show that such careers are financially sustainable and have a comparatively low risk of automation. There are currently more than 77,000 vacant positions.