The Scottish Government has produced some useful resources for service personnel and their families moving to Scotland.

Welcome to Scotland Guide

Available online or in hard copy it provides practical information on topics such as housing, education, healthcare and employment.

Designed to help with what you need to know about your move, this free booklet helps you to research what matters to you most. To also ensure you are fully supported on your move to Scotland, please let your local council know that you are members of the armed forces community and this guide can share links and contact details.

Accessing the guide:

Northern Pathways

This guide is designed to provide information about services, advice and
support available to serving and ex-serving military personnel in the North of Scotland in line with the national Armed Forces Covenant. This includes
contact details for statutory organisations such as Councils and NHS Boards, for social agencies such as housing associations, and for military and
non-military charities. Northern Pathways guide

Moray and Highland website

Committed to supporting all members of the Armed Forces community – regular, reserve, ex-service and your families – in line with the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. Here you’ll find information to help you whether moving here for the first time or already settled.
Moray and Highland website

Forces Children’s Education website

The Scottish Government, Local Authorities and schools are also working hard to ensure that moving to Scotland has a positive effect on the educational outcomes of children from Armed Forces families. This website has been created in order to bring all these efforts together and put the resources that parents and the education professionals who support their children need, together in one place:

Screendrop of the Forces Children's Education website

Additional resources

There is also an online guide available – Understanding the Scottish Education System, written for parents by the MOD’s Children’s Education Advisory Service.

Education in Scotland – An Introductory Guide


Skills Development Scotland – current vacancies

See also: Employment and training

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