Careers Support

Castlebrae Pupil Support Team

Castlebrae CHS aims to provide effective Career Education and Guidance in a variety of ways, placing individual students at the centre of the process. It forms an important part of the Personal and Social Education programme from S1 through to S6.

At crucial times in a Student’s school career, e.g. when choosing new courses (S2-S5), expert advice is on hand for our students from our Skills Development Scotland Careers Adviser. One to one interviews help students move forward with their career plans and class groups teach career management skills and support students with their own research.

In S5 and S6, careers conventions are held for those looking towards employment and Further Education. It is very important that teachers and employers work together to help bridge the gap between school and working life. Castlebrae has extensive links with the business community to help achieve this.

Careers and Course Fair at Castlebrae – February 2017

School Careers Adviser, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) – Career Information Advice and Guidance

As young people begin to explore their options for further learning and work, it is important that they identify their skills and strengths as they make decisions about what they want to do next. Working with school staff our SDS Careers Adviser can help young people get ready for this exciting stage in their lives and prepare for their future.

Through our Castlebrae CHS Careers Adviser, Joyce McAree, SDS provides a range of support to help all Catlebrae students to develop career management skills and to make well-informed decisions about their career pathways. Schools are now building career management skills into the curriculum and through the government’s Career Education Standards are improving access to careers support from day one.

Joyce will work with guidance staff to help students who need tailored support to explore the training and skills necessary for the job or career which is right for them. She also attends parents’ evenings (all pupils) and subject choice evenings (S3-6) in school and in addition can provide online and email support to parents and pupils for specific questions.

Joyce provides group sessions for all year groups, as well as face-to-face 1-2-1 coaching for many pupils as they approach their school leaving date. (Joyce is available outside term time by emailing or calling 0131 718 2040, Joyce is also on Twitter @sds_joyce where she posts reminders and advice for pupils and parents and her team, SDS Edinburgh, are also on Facebook )

Making Subject Choices and School Leavers

After 4, 5 or 6 years of secondary education, moving onto the next stage of their ‘career’ can be a daunting prospect for many young people. Whilst there are many supports available in school, having conversations with the people who know them best, their parents/carers, can be very influential in helping their son / daughter move into a Positive Destination.

Positive destinations could be in Employment, Training, College, University, Modern Apprenticeships or roles as may be found on the Edinburgh Guarantee website or other personal development solutions suggested by guidance or careers advisers.

All careers adviser and guidance activity is underpinned by online resources and tools on My World of Work. My World of Work provides information for a variety of reasons:

S1: Starting in S1 Castlebrae Pupils are encouraged to use My World of Work to investigate what careers they could do in the future and what matches their strengths and interests

S2: In S2 pupils will be supported by teachers and their careers adviser to help them to make their subject choices for S3. This choice means most pupils will be choosing about 8 subjects including English and Maths. Additional groupwork and 1-2-1s will be provided to all S2s making their subject choice decisions easier and and helping them to keep their options open.

S4-6: For those closer to their school leaving date My World of Work is packed with information and tools helping pupils and parents to find different careers, college/university/other courses, apprenticeships and to investigate what options are best for them. For those looking to enter directly into employment after school, My World of Work has valuable tools to help users build and customize their CV’ssearch for jobssource funding for learning, and many other tools.

This Career Education: A World of Possibilities parent/carers guide created by The National Parent Forum of Scotland gives a full picture of the careers and decision-making activities that your child will avail of as a Scottish school pupil between the ages of 3-18yrs.

Post School Support

SDS continues to support young people leaving school up to the age of 18.5yrs or up to 26yrs for those from care experienced backgrounds i.e. Young Carers, Those in Foster care, kinship care, . Our post school team is comprised of school-specific advisers and work coaches that can assist young people in making their career, training or learning next steps.


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. SDS’s as well as the City of Edinburgh Councils’s Edinburgh Guarantee websites offer a vast array of opportunities and further guidance can be saught from Pupil Support and our Careers Advisers.

School leavers can now more easily search for apprenticeships, apply online and find out more about the different levels of qualifications e.g. Modern Apprenticeship at a varity of levels and new Graduate Level Apprenticeships many equivilant to degree level university programmes.

They can also check out Foundation Apprenticeships which help you kick-start your career from S5 and S6 in Castlebrae and are run in conjunction with Edinburgh College, they are a perfect way to pick up a Higher level qualifaction in a subject that will really make students stand out from the crowd.