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Skills Development Scotland

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

Skills Development Scotland can offer free and impartial advice on education, training, careers and jobs.

Jim Tocher is the Careers Adviser for Bo’ness Academy. He is in school for interviews on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays & holds a clinic for quick questions at lunchtime. Jim can be contacted at or telephone the school.

Our Careers Adviser offer pupils group sessions, drop-in lunchtime clinics and face-to-face coaching, where appropriate. This is supported by Scotland’s careers and information web service My World of Work

My World of Work helps you with up-to-date information, advice and tools when you need it most:

  • Subject choices – understand your strengths and make better choices about your subject choices and future career
  • Leaving school – find a career that interests you and understand the skills you need to get the job you want
  • Exam results – straight into a job or onto further learning? Whatever your grades find help in planning your next steps
  • Preparing for a job – discover Scotland’s industries, search for jobs, build your CV and practice for interviews
  • Modern Apprenticeships – why not earn as you learn. Find out what apprenticeships are available in Scotland and how they work

Parents or carer? Use My World of Work to access reliable and accurate careers information and advice to help you to support the child in your life through those big career decisions. You can also meet with the school Careers Adviser at parent’s evenings

Leaving school?

Careers Advice and support to access opportunities is also available from Skills Development Scotland for school leavers. We have a dedicated post school team to work with school leavers to help support them with their next steps. Your local Centre is at 100 Manor Street, Falkirk, FK1 1NU.  You can drop in between 9-5 Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri and from 10:30am-5pm on a Thursday or phone 01324 620311 for an appointment.

Our Bo’ness Academy post school team are based at 100 Manor Street. They are Ian Summers-Noble, Maureen Watt you can contact them on 01324 620311.


Useful links – for all your work, skills and learning needs     –  apprenticeship vacancies for  young people to access across Scotland.

SDS Forth Valley Facebook pages offer information on events, vacancies and careers support available