Career opportunities

Check here regularly for updates on opportunities from the careers service and local businesses.

All opportunities which are made aware to the careers team at Skills Development Scotland are listed on this webpage.

Skills Boost Healthcare

Applications are open for the next Skills Boost for Healthcare course with opportunities for employment with NHS Lothian in Healthcare Support Worker roles based in Edinburgh. For more information on the course or to apply – Skills Boost Healthcare.   Applicants must be 16 or over.

Interviews will take place online on Microsoft Teams on 9th, 10th and 11th of February – please let the college know if you have any issues with accessing Microsoft Teams. There will be an induction morning at one of the Edinburgh College campuses on the 22nd of February. Students accepted on the course must attend this date to complete paperwork and complete college induction.

Please note that the interview is for both entry to the college course and a healthcare support worker role with NHS Lothian. Successful applicants must attend the three-week college course starting on Monday 14th March.  On successful completion of the course and all compulsory NHS checks, such as satisfactory PVG with Disclosure Scotland and Occupation Health report, an offer of employment will be made.

Applicants will be required to provide the following during the interview:

  • Two valid forms of ID.  One with a photograph e.g. drivers licence/passport/young scots card and one with proof of current address
  • Contact details for two references (please note this cannot be a friend or family member)

These are full-time vacancies and will require you to work 37.5 hours per week. You will work shifts and be expected to work nights/weekends/public holidays.

Skills Boost Data Science

Edinburgh College has launched a new Skills Boost for Data Science course which promises to equip attendees with vital data science skills that are becoming even more in demand with employers. The course is a short full-time course that helps build the essential foundation of knowledge and analytical skills needed for a data science role.

This is an eight week course starting on the 31st of January that will be delivered online.

DGS Science are looking to recruit a new Laboratory Assistant, and this is being advertised through the myjobscotland website. The role involves working closely with our current technician and all Science staff. The duties will include preparing and delivering lesson resources, managing chemicals and stock, and maintaining and repairing Science equipment.

The role is 8:30 to 3:30 Monday to Thursday, and 8:30 to 12:30 Friday. It also follows the school holidays.

The Science Faculty is made up of fourteen staff and offers Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, and Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies. There is also a lunch time Science club aimed at S1 pupils. It is a very friendly department and enjoys a high uptake from pupils.

If you are interested in apply please follow the link below and submit an application.

The closing date for this post is 23/1/2022.


FA Leaflet 2020-2022

East Lothian Works’ Foundation Apprenticeship leaflet for 2020-2022 has been released! This leaflet displays the frameworks on offer for students, and identifies the pathways available for young Foundation Apprenticeship pupils. This year’s leaflet is particularly special as it features some of our current Foundation Apprenticeship students either at their workplace, or in the classroom. East Lothian Works would like to extend a huge thank you to these young people for being a part of this leaflet.

Foundation Apprenticeships are fantastic opportunities to gain knowledge in a certain subject while also gaining invaluable work experience. This provides students with a competitive edge when applying for jobs, Modern/Graduate Apprenticeships, Universities, and/or Colleges. They also boost confidence, self-esteem, and can provide pupils with a clear sense of direction once they leave school.

Foundation Apprenticeships are available to Senior Phase students. If you are interested in doing a Foundation Apprenticeship please speak to your Guidance Teacher.

January 2020

March 2019

  • Apprentice Roofers
  • Electrical Mechanical Apprenticeship Opportunity – Virgin Trains East Coast has 2 positions for Electrical/Mechanical apprenticeships with plenty of scope for career advancement. Because there is always a huge interest, it is important that all candidates meet the minimum criteria before applying for these apprenticeships to avoid disappointment at the first hurdle.  Application should be made on the Virgin Trains East Coast website ‘About Us’ section.

Are you looking for an apprenticeship?

The Foundation Apprenticeship recruitment campaign, led by SDS, went live on Monday 12 March. Contact details below –

February 2018

Admin assistant vacancy at Van Ameyde in Thistle st. Edinburgh
It is a full time post – Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm with 1 hour for lunch. Salary is £13,500.
See the job profile for your information. All CV’s should be sent to me at the e-mail address below. |

January 2018
McDonalds opportunities

Medic Mentor Event

The above organisation is delivering a National Healthcare Event on the 17th and 18th March taking place in Stirling.

Hundreds of healthcare professionals from across the UK will be volunteering to present and network with students who are interested in:
• Medicine
• Veterinary Medicine
Students can register on the Medic Mentor website and find out more about the events here.Registration is £25 for students on the Saturday conference and there is an optional UCAS lecture available on Sunday for each specialty.

All proceeds are used to support healthcare students with scholarships, elective bursaries, free training and educational initiatives.

Interested in a career in midwifery and nursing?Final Lothian Make a Difference Nursing and Midwifery flier