Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland's national skills agency and is the key provider of careers services, providing all-age careers services. Colleges and universities also deliver career services to students and recent graduates. The voluntary sector and Jobcentre Plus also provide support too, often as part of a wider offer of services.
Created in April 2008, SDS brought together Careers Scotland, Scottish University for Industry (learndirectscotland) and the skills arms of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. The agency delivers a range of careers interventions, working in schools and some colleges (supporting 15,300 school pupils at risk of disengaging and 31,550 unemployed 16-19 year olds in 2009-10) and through Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (supporting 306 companies and 15,898 people facing redundancy during the same period).
When SDS was launched in April 2008, it marked the start of an evolution in the delivery of careers, skills and training services in Scotland.