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Getting started

Our resources can help you start and develop your career in social services. We also have resources for employers to support values-based recruitment.

Career pathways

Our career website gives you everything you need to know for getting started. There are examples of what working in social services is like and you can see the qualifications and roles you can achieve throughout your career.

Other resources from SSSC

Studying for your qualification

We’ve put together some information about qualifications you can achieve at work, as an apprentice, at college or at university.

Communication skills for caring

Would you like to strengthen your reading, writing, speaking or listening skills? Perhaps you speak another first language and want to improve your English? Communication skills are important in social service careers and this website points you to some online, local and national resources which can help you.

A Career in Social Services - a job like no other

Our careers booklet gives you practical information on starting a career in social work, social care or children and young people settings. It also tells you how you can gain experience by volunteering.

Right values right people

Values-based recruitment is important in attracting and retaining the right staff in social services. Our values-based recruitment toolkit has helpful information for employers and workers. This includes videos, examples of behaviours tool and example interview questions.

Careers in care at SSSCnews

Keep up to date with new developments on our social service news website

Care in Scotland – it’s life-changing work

Read our case studies to get a realistic picture of the work you will do. You can read about:

Open Badges

Would you like a way to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to employers? Would you like to keep a digital record of your learning? You should sign up for Open Badges. Here are some suggested badges to get you started:

Writing evidence for Open Badge submissions

Health and Social Care Standards

Got a question? Read our frequently asked questions about working in social services or contact us if you would like further guidance.


Start your life changing career in social services by exploring our careers website.

Learning Zone

Watch our short film to discover what you’ll find on our Learning Zone.

Open Badges

Get recognition of your informal learning by claiming Open Badges. There are lots of topics to choose from to support your development.