School Leavers’ Toolkit

Thinking about your future? Not sure what you want to do? Don’t know what help is there?

Check out the new Edinburgh School Leavers’ Toolkit for all the information you need – what are the jobs in the city? Where might your subject choices lead? What about further and higher education? Do you know about your employment rights?

For all this and more, go to our mobile website:

This site will best display on smart-phones. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can still view the information or download it as a PDF on the right of this page.

City of Edinburgh Council’s Employability & Skills Service

The City of Edinburgh Council’s Employability and Skills team provides a variety of employability support services across the city as part of the Council’s contribution to The Edinburgh Guarantee.

These include:

Capital Skills

Capital Skills delivers training programmes to those that are eligible for Employability Fund support. Programmes are available for unemployed people aged 16 and over who are interested in construction, landscaping and horticulture work, retail and the care sector. For more information: call 0131 672 3540 or email

Inspiring Young People

This nine month programme offers young people who are not yet ready for a job, the opportunity to access support, training and development, including a six month paid work placement. For more information: call the Get On Gateway on 0131 529 6161 or email

JET Programme

The JET Programme is delivered in Edinburgh high schools to pupils in S4 and S5 and aims to prepare them for the world of work. Pupils undertake a work experience placement every Friday from September to April, and have the opportunity to gain a national qualification in employability skills. For more information: contact your Deputy Head Teacher at school or call 0131 529 6904

Modern Apprenticeship (MA) Programme

A Modern Apprenticeship (MA) with the Council offers employment on a fixed term contract and the opportunity to achieve a recognised qualification. For more information: call the Get On Gateway on 0131 529 6161 or email

For More information on these projects, please see the leaflets on the right.

Other Useful Information

Visit My World Of Work to find out everything you need to get the right training, the right job and how to secure your future.

You might also want to have a look at Myjobscotland and Skills Development Scotland websites.