MUSSELBURGH’S Skills Development Scotland (SDS) career centre closes tomorrow (Friday).

But county residents will have more choice about where and when they can speak to a careers adviser, it has been pledged.

From Monday, SDS, which delivers the national career service, will operate a new timetable across towns in East Lothian, utilising a range of local community sites.

SDS offers free, impartial career information, advice and guidance for people of all ages.

The SDS career centre on Station Road will close on Friday.

Dave McCallum, SDS head of operations south east, said: “Although our Musselburgh centre is closing, customers will still be able to access face-to-face career information, advice and guidance in the Musselburgh area.

“Our professionally qualified careers advisers will be available for appointments in Musselburgh locations such as the jobcentre next door to the existing centre.”

In addition to this, from Monday, customers will also be able to plan their visit to a careers adviser in other places like libraries and community centres in Dunbar, North Berwick, Prestonpans and Tranent.

Mr McCallum added: “We’re going to operate a new timetable which will give customers more flexibility about where and when they visit us.

“This puts us in several places across the local authority, rather than just one, and is great news for customers who previously had to travel to Musselburgh to speak to a careers adviser.

“We’re looking forward to reaching more customers across East Lothian and working closely with our partners in these areas to deliver community-based career services that are accessible for more people.”

Alison Hood, team manager of education and employability at East Lothian Works, East Lothian’s employability and business advice centre, added: “I think the move towards a more community-based delivery model will improve the support for the residents of East Lothian.”