Careers/DYW Work Placements


Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s Careers Service.

Your SDS Career Coaches at Fraserburgh Academy are Elizabeth Bruce and Kirsty Hannon and you can get in touch with them through the school or via the undernoted details:-


Elizabeth Bruce 


Mobile number: 079172121179

Kirsty Hannon


Mobile: 07584145704 or landline: 01779 479345


Your SDS Career Coaches will be there for pupils, all through school, supporting them to get ready for what they will do once they leave school.

Some people think Career Coaches are here to tell you what to do. NOT TRUE! And they won’t say ‘No’ or ‘You can’t’ either. They will help pupils to think about what is best for their future. They will be there to support when help is needed to figure out career planning and next steps. An open door policy is operated in school which means that any pupil who is wanting Career guidance can pop in and speak to the Career coach if the door is open.


One of the main things Career Coaches will help pupils do is develop their Career Management Skills – SELF, STRENGTHS, HORIZONS, NETWORKS – which are the skills you will need to make your career a success. The work of SDS Careers Coaches is supported by SDS’s careers website My World of Work

SDS Career Coaches will also be able to support parents, carers, guardians and teachers when it comes to talking about careers. For more information on how to support your child in making important career decisions – visit parents and or contact the Career Coach in school.

Support for pupils doesn’t end when pupils’ time in school ends; SDS offer a work coach service post school too. If they find that they have nothing in place to move on to after school, SDS are there for them.

The Career Coach in school, Kirsty Hannon, is also the Work Coach for the Fraserburgh area. She can meet pupils after they leave school to help them to develop their Career Management Skills – SELF, STRENGTHS, HORIZONS and NETWORKS, to help them look through their options and make the first step which is right for them. Kirsty can be contacted on the above details.


An introduction to the Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Available from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) can be found on the undernoted link:-

The undernoted information from Elizabeth Bruce, Careers Advisor details the services of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) which both she and her colleague Kirsty West currently provide in school for pupils.

SDS Information Sheet 1

SDS Information Sheet 2

My World of Work website is available for Careers information and also now includes a new Job Hub page with information and advice on support and opportunities during the Coronavirus panademic.

University Rankings

Is your child trying to make a choice between Universities?  Find out how understanding rankings can help your child make a decision. A simple guide to University rankings can be found on the undernoted link.

For further information and guidance please contact Elizabeth M Bruce, Careers Coach based at Fraserburgh Academy by email:


Spring into the New Year with Skills Development Scotland – Scotland’s Career Service

Please see attached document for the latest updates for July 2020.
July 2020 – What the Careers Coach will focus on

Further information from SDS regarding their currents services can be found on the undernoted link.

Update on SDS Services May 2020











Handy Links:- – The help you need for the career you want. – Information on career choices. – Making skills work for employers. – Find an apprenticeship. Recruit an apprentice. – Making skills work for Scotland.

DYW/Work Placements

DYW – Developing the Young Workforce

Your DYW Team at Fraserburgh Academy are Lisa Innes and Lesley Wilson.  You can get in touch with them through the school or via the undernoted details:-


Lesley Wilson



Tel:- 01346 515771


Lisa Innes

DYW Co-Ordinator


Tel:- 01346 515771

Direct Dial:-  01467 532703

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“Our mission is to be the vital link between businesses and young people in schools in the North East of Scotland, to develop the future workforce”

Developing the Young Workforce, Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy, is about delivering a step change in employer engagement, making it easier for businesses to engage in a meaningful and appropriate driven way to help shape and recruit youth talent ensuring a positive destination for every young person in the region.  The aim of DYW is to reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.

In order to build relationships with employers we hold a Beet (BROCH EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT TEAM) Meet Breakfast each term.  Employers are invited to discuss an agenda eg: Employability Curriculum 2019/2020: – Who can engage and deliver employability sessions in the school? Employers ideas – What would you like to see in the Curriculum?

Working in partnership with Employers is one of Fraserburgh Academy’s top initiatives as we do our utmost to enable all of our young people for the world of work.   We have been working in conjunction with local employers to create a ‘Work Ready Certificate’ for our S2 pupils.


Fraserburgh Academy Careers Fair Change of Date

Unfortunately due to the global Pandemic Fraserburgh Academy has taken the very hard and thoughtful decision to postpone our Careers Fair which was due to take place on Thursday 17th September 2020.  We feel that due to the ongoing uncertainty, that this would be the best course of action at this time. However we are pleased to share with you that we have a new date of Thursday 11th March 2021. Thanks for your ongoing support



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