Get the experience and skills employers want

If you don't have the experience you need, the Certificate of Work Readiness can help you prepare for work.

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Getting a job when you don’t have experience is tough. But if you’re aged 16-19 or in need of some extra support, the Certificate of Work Readiness could help.

Here are four good reasons to consider it:

  • Build skills and work experience for your CV or application forms
  • Get a reference from your employer or training provider
  • Gain an SQA qualification valued by employers
  • You could receive a training allowance or Educational Maintenance Allowance

Speak to your SDS adviser, or call 0800 917 8000 and ask about the Certificate of Work Readiness.

How it works

It’s a mix of training and a work placement, which lets you build up the skills employers want to see on your CV.

You’ll start with two or three weeks of training, to help you prepare for the world of work.

After that, you’ll split your time between further training and a work placement with an employer. That means you can develop the skills you’ve learned in a real workplace. 

It normally takes around ten weeks to complete – but it’s build around you and your needs, so the time can vary.

At the end, you’ll come out with experience and a qualification you can put on your CV and application forms. You could also use the employer or training provider as a reference.

It could even help you move into another position – such as a Modern Apprenticeship.