Support for parents and carers

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is still here to support you and your child in the months ahead.  

We can provide one-to-one career information, advice and guidance services. To speak to an adviser please call 0800 917 8000​​​​​​​. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. You can also use our live chat. The button will appear when there is an adviser available.

As a parent or carer, you have a leading role when your child is making decisions about their career. That’s why it’s important to be prepared and feel confident when they come to you for advice. 

Go to our parents and carers section for help on how to support your child through career decisions.  

Get the latest from SQA including how your child will get their results.

SQA results help

Updates from UCAS including what this means for your child's application. 

UCAS application advice

Information on finance and extra hardship payments for students. 

Financial help

Get the latest whether your child is a Foundation Apprentice or interested in becoming an apprentice.

Apprenticeship FAQs

A list of organisations and information that can help if you or your child is feeling anxious or worried. 

Wellbeing support

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FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions: 

How do I contact my child’s careers adviser?

One-to-one contact with careers advisers is available online and over the phone. 

If you want to speak someone call 0800 917 8000. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

You can also use the tools and advice on My World of Work.

I’m worried about my child’s exam results, what should I do?

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), with the support of the education system, is working to ensure that your child's hard work is rightly and fairly recognised, and will allow them to go on to further learning or work.

The SQA is publishing regular updates on their website outlining the current status in relation to grading for a range of qualifications.

My child is an apprentice – will they be able to complete their qualification?

There’s information and advice for Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprentices on Apprenticeships.scot

Keep up to date

We've pulled together some useful sources of information to help during this time:

Speak to a careers adviser

Speak to one of our advisers on 0800 917 8000. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

You can also use our live chat. The button will appear when there is an adviser available.

Start using My World of Work

No matter what stage your child is at, My World of Work is here to help.  

Go to our parents and carers section for help on how to support your child through career decisions.