0131 550 1561 office@veteransscotland.org.uk


Probably the biggest challenge when leaving the Services will be finding a job.  This section will never have a totally comprehensive selection of job sites, but we have tried to provide a selection of options as a start point.  In addition, the Department of Work and Pensions has nominated a number of Employment Champions who maintain Jobcentre Plus’ commitment to support the Armed Forces, their Families and Veterans, and raise the profile of the support available through Jobcentre Plus.  Further information on how to contact Jobcentre Plus can be found on the link below:


Employment Support

There is a multitude of support available across Scotland be it translating your skills, understanding the different sectors, getting your CV right to how to sell yourself in an interview. – Check out the agencies below to assist you.

To help you understand your skills and how they translate into the civilian world check out SCQF - Support for Veterans | Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (scqf.org.uk)

There are also numerous events taking place across the central belt and the north, to help you access this support as well as building your network and introducing you first hand to employers from across Scotland. To find out more please visit here Events - Officers' Association Scotland (oascotland.org.uk) 

Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s careers service, we offer free all-age careers guidance with to help you make informed decisions for you and your families’ future to give you all the best chance of success in the civilian job market.

Our services include:

  • Impartial career information, advice and guidance
  • Support to enable you to identify and develop your career management skills
  • One-to-one appointments – we take a coaching approach to give you ownership of your decisions
  • Help with CVs, application forms and interview preparation
  • Information on and links to local and national employers
  • Information on Scottish apprenticeships

Find your nearest SDS centre at myworldofwork.co.uk/centres  or call the customer helpline on 0800 917 8000.

There is specific information on the help and support we can offer for Armed Forces leavers and veterans. Scotland’s careers website, My World of Work. Get started at myworldofwork.co.uk/veterans

Community Jobs Scotland

If you've left the armed forces with 6 years or less service and are aged 16 to 29 you may be eligible for the Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) programme. CJS supports unemployed young people who face barriers to employment, including armed forces early service leavers.

A CJS opportunity will provide:

  • supported and paid job training for up to 12 months with third sector employers
  • additional job skills training to improve employability

Tel: 0141 559 5034


 Self Employment Information

For those who are looking to become self employed Business Gateway have a range of information on starting up your business, funding of your business and growth of your business.

Support for Employers

An Employers' Guide to Hiring Veterans

This guide offers advice and guidance to employers on how to recruit, retain and support the career development of veterans.


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