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With the emerging Covid-19 situation, Employment CONNECT recognises that individuals and businesses will be worried about the impacts on themselves and those around them.  Our priority is to support individuals, businesses and partners organisations as much as we can.  We have provided a list of useful contact numbers and websites that will provide information and advice to assist you.

This information will be updated on a regular basis and you are advised to check back regularly for any updates.

Support for Jobseekers

To access the jobseeker support contact information please click on the button below.


SDS is continuing to provide career information, advice and guidance for all people. We are working with the Scottish Government and other partners to ensure our PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) service offer is responsive to the emerging situation with updates posted to SDS’s website.

We are already working with individual learners and apprentices, employers, learning providers and awarding bodies to support them and ensure that the effects of disruption are minimised and wherever possible, that they and are not negatively impacted in the longer term.

Please be aware that anyone looking for our support can do so online or via phone:


As the pandemic response continues, we are working to augment these services with further support for those that need it. 

Over the next few weeks, SDS will be launching a new range of interim services designed to support individuals affected by the pandemic. These will include:

  • enhancing our web content and launching a helpline for individuals who have been impacted by the pandemic – ensuring through our partnership approach that those who need it get the right support, at the right time
  • enhancing our web content and launching a helpline for pupils and their parents and carers – to explore their options and make informed choices about their next steps, whether staying on or leaving school


Please refer to Skills Development Scotland’s website where we will be posting regular updates on our services for pupils, learners and apprentices, for employers, and for training and learning providers during this time.

Support for Employers

To access information and guidance on the new Government Kickstart scheme please refer to the following link


To access the employer support contact information please click on the button below. In addition, further information and advice from PACE can be found by clicking the PACE button below.

Click on the images below for an update on the Government’s ‘Job Retention’ Scheme.


We recognise that these are concerning times and that many businesses are worried about the impact that the unprecedented disruption of COVID-19 is causing. 

Our absolute priority is supporting individuals, employers, partners and colleagues through the effects of the pandemic. 

Alongside Scotland’s other enterprise and skills agencies, local authorities and Scottish and UK Governments, SDS is focused on supporting businesses by providing access to information and reassurance.

Please see https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/business-support/ for more information


My World of Work Job Hub  

We have also introduced new services such as the My World of Work Job Hub, which enables employers across Scotland to quickly advertise immediate vacancies, and to support individuals seeking employment at this critical time. 

Through the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognise that employers working in line with Scottish Government advice on workers and essential services may be facing acute skills gaps in their businesses.   

These include areas of critical importance to the pandemic response, including healthboards, food and drink production, retail and other sectors.  

Developed rapidly in response to requests from a number of our industry body partners, My World of Work Job Hub is a free service which enables employers to quickly advertise  vacancies to a broad audience through Scotland’s dedicated online careers resource.   

The My World of Work Job Hub complements the ongoing partnership delivery of the PACE redundancy service and is currently in public Beta, which means it will undergo ongoing development.   

Employers can upload jobs directly at our employer website ourskillsforce.co.uk/jobhub. 

Jobseekers can search for opportunities in their area at myworldofwork/jobhub. 

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