Careers toolkit

Careers toolkit | SSSC


We created this toolkit to support employers, careers advisers, teachers, parents and employment support workers.

There are resources to use with individuals and resources to help you build your own knowledge about career opportunities in social services.

If you would like support to promote these opportunities please contact [email protected]

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Careers in care learning resources

Learning about social services is a good way to show your committment to employers.

You can visit our pre-employment learning resources here


Resources and guidance for work coaches, careers advisers and employment support workers.

Ten steps to a career in care

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Values based recruitment tools

Awareness of values, and the ability to demonstrate these at interview, is important to social service employers. Here are three useful resources.

A Question of Care

The Question of Care interactive video challenge shows the kind of decisions social service workers make. At the end of the challenge, participants receive a detailed personal values profile. Some employers use this challenge during interviews.

Right Values, Right People

This recruitment toolkit helps employers embed a valued-based approach to recruitment. Its resources include example interview questions and an example of behaviours tool.

Safer Recruitment Through Better Recruitment

This good practice recruitment guidance helps employers to meet legislative and regulatory requirements in their recruitment activity. As with the resources above, this guide emphasises a values-based approach.

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The SSSC and Department of Work and Pensions share information and ideas for employment support workers.

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Disclosure Scotland

Guidance about PVG scheme membership and suggestions for employers and individuals about exploring past convictions.

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Careers in social care

Gillian, Deborah and Sarah talk about their different careers in social care including their favourite parts and some of the challenges.

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Modern apprenticeships

Modern apprenticeships (MAs) are a great way to support new and existing employees to gain the qualification they need. Apprentices will gain an SVQ alongside certificated workplace core skills. Financial contributions from Skills Development Scotland can support training and assessment.

Careers website resources