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Professional development opportunities in Scotland

Training and Courses in Scotland

Scotland is one of the four countries, together with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which make up the United Kingdom. It covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain and in addition to the mainland is made up of around 800 islands. Scotland has a thriving and diversified economy that offers a range of different career opportunities for those living in the country, from financial services to oil and gas and renewable energy. In addition, the strong relationship between Scottish government, industry and the academic sector has produced a steady flow of initiatives, grants and policies dedicated to promoting education and skills development in order to meet recruitment demands.

Edinburgh, the capital, is home to the Scottish Government which is independently represented in both the European Union and European Parliament. Glasgow, the largest Scottish city, was once one of the world’s leading industrial cities. Scottish waters consist of a large part of the North Atlantic and the North Sea, and contain the largest oil reserves in the European Union. This has given Aberdeen, the third largest Scottish city, the title of Europe’s oil capital.

Energy Conservation Building Regulations: Section 6 (Scotland)
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
1 day
Nationwide
This Energy Conservation Building Regulations: Section 6 (Scotland)  training course aims to provide delegates with a comprehensive overview of the relevant...
The Leadership Bootcamp
Innoverto
6 days
3,200 USD
Multiple (2)
The road to professional mastery requires that leaders hone their own leadership style. Do you prefer to delegate or stand...
LANTRA Brushcutter & Trimmer
HSS Training
1 day
Multiple (31)
The most widely recognised qualification in groundcare, candidates completing this LANTRA Brushcutter & Trimmer course will also be equipped with...
LANTRA Felling Trees up to 380 mm
HSS Training
5 days
Multiple (31)
This course equips participants with the knowledge and skills to pass the assessment for City and Guilds Certificate of Competence....
LANTRA Chainsaw Maintenance & Operations
HSS Training
2 days
Multiple (31)
As extremely powerful tools, chainsaws can also cause a serious injury. Proper, thorough training on the use of chainsaws and...
Medical Receptionist Diploma
Pitman Training Group
6 weeks
Multiple (58)
This Medical Receptionist Diploma programme is designed to make you the best front of house receptionist or administrator in a medical...
APMP
Focus on Training
5-6 days
1,095 GBP
Multiple (15)
This  APMP Training Programme  is an open course offered by Focus on Training available in cities across the United Kingdom. The content...
CPCS - A40b Slinger Signaller - Static Duties
HSS Training
3 days
895 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course is designed to provide candidates with thorough practical and theory training in being a Slinger/Signaller...
Internal Auditor: ISO 9001:2015 Training Course
BSI Training
         
(1)
2 days
795 GBP
Multiple (19)
You can guarantee future business success and secure a competitive position in the marketplace by maintaining superb quality management standards and...
ITIL Foundation
Focus on Training
         
(43)
3 days
550 GBP
Multiple (23)
This  ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) Foundation training programme is an open course offered by Focus on Training available in...
Ladder and Stepladder User - Ladder Association
HSS Training
         
(17)
0.5 days
75 GBP
Multiple (24)
Courses for operatives & supervisors who require the knowledge & practical skills to work safely with steps and ladders....
NRSWA - Streetworks Units 1 to 6 and 9 - Highways Reinstatement
HSS Training
5 days
595 GBP
Multiple (8)
To provide delegates with the knowledge and practical skills required to carry out highways reinstatement work in line with NRSWA...
Payroll and HR Legislation Update
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
         
(2)
1 day
440 GBP
Multiple (21)
This unique Payroll Update course will provide an in depth overview and practical information on the recent, current and prospective...
1 day Appraisal skills (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers. The delegates will participate...
1 Day Appraisal Training for Managers - Manage Staff Performance
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(10)
1 day
Nationwide
For many management teams, conducting performance reviews in the workplace can become a tick box exercise. The mention of a...
1 Day Assertiveness Training Courses - Become More Assertive
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(20)
1 day
Nationwide
Discover how to assert yourself by communicating ‘clearly, openly and with more self confidence’. Successful assertive communication is communicating in a...
1 Day Change Management Training Course - Managing Change At Work
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(4)
1 day
Nationwide
Dealing And managing the 'impact of change' has become a high priority for all successful companies. The ability to lead...
1 day Communicating well at work training course (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
Work is a demanding place to be, especially when we want to be really good at our job. This cost...
1 Day Communication Skills Training - Interact Better With People
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(28)
1 day
Multiple (6)
Looking to transform your teams communication skills? This powerful one day workplace Communication Training Course will help your team discover...
1 Day Conflict Resolution Training Courses - Resolve Workplace Conflict
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(4)
1 day
Multiple (2)
All teams at some stage or another are required to deal with difficult people. Without successful mediation, staff disputes and...
1 Day Customer Service Skills Training - In-House Courses
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(10)
1 day
Multiple (15)
Customer Service Skills Training (1 Day In House Courses) Deliver Great Service To Your Customers This popular course is designed...
1 day Dealing with difficult people and situations training (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers. The delegates will undertake...
1 Day Discipline & Grievance Training Courses for Managers
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(5)
1 day
Nationwide
Our powerful 1 day disciplinary courses are perfect for all managers, team leaders, supervisors and hr professionals seeking to handle...
1 Day Effective Leadership Training Courses - Inspire Great Performance
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(13)
1 day
Nationwide
Whether you are a supervisor, team leader or manager, our effective Leadership Training Courses will inspire you to become a...
1 day Further management skills (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers. The delegates will undertake...
1 day Interpersonal skills training course (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
Experts say that 80% of a decision or action is based on emotions which show how important interpersonal skills are....
1 day Making meetings work course (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers. The delegates will undertake...
1 day Managing Change course (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers. The delegates will undertake...
1 day Managing performance training (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers. The delegates will undertake...
1 Day Mental Resilience Training - Become More Resilient
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(6)
1 day
Nationwide
Setbacks are unavoidable when making progress. Many top sportsmen and women have the 'skills to succeed' but not always the...
1 day People management course (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers. The delegates will undertake...
1 Day Recruitment and Selection Training - Recruit The Right Person
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(3)
1 day
Nationwide
Our one day Recruitment and Selection Training Course provides line managers or HR professionals with practical recruitment techniques and key...
1 day Report writing skills course (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
The purpose of this enjoyable and interactive one day workshop is to improve your skills in report writing in order...
1 day Supervisory skills (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers. The delegates will undertake...
1 Day Telephone Training - Customer Call Handling Courses
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(11)
1 day
Nationwide
Whether your team are making outbound phone calls or answering incoming calls , this popular telephone skills course will help...
1 Day Telesales Training Courses - (Generate More Telephone Business)
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(41)
1 day
Nationwide
Telesales Training (1 Day On Site Courses) Maximise Opportunities and Close More Sales Looking to boost your telesales skills? This...
1 day What is management (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers. Using a mixture of...
10 Days Course on The Certified Strategist: From Planning to Execution
Zoe Talent Solutions
10 days
3,747 USD
Multiple (7)
This training course is a certification program that builds all the elements and competencies of a successful strategist in you....
10 Days Masterclass on Inventory Planning and Stock Control
Zoe Talent Solutions
10 days
3,997 USD
Multiple (7)
This course covers all aspects of inventory planning and stock control focusing on information on strategies along with key competency...
10 Days Masterclass on Leading a Project Team
Zoe Talent Solutions
10 days
Worldwide
This course provides a singular opportunity to develop core competencies in such people skills as improving self understanding, assessing the...
10 Days Masterclass on Project Finance and PPP
Zoe Talent Solutions
10 days
4,400 USD
Multiple (5)
In this program participants will receive intensive practical guidance in advanced techniques in project finance aligned to the Public Private...
1-15 day Management development program (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers.  The delegates will...
1-2 day Train the trainer course (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers. The delegates will undertake...
1-day Direct Marketing Training
AB Direct Marketing
1 day
1,299 GBP
Nationwide
Our 1 day direct marketing training is an  engaging  and  inspiring  direct response marketing masterclass designed to show your team...
1-to-1 Presentation Skills Coaching
secondnature International Ltd
         
(1)
2 half days
1,200 GBP
Nationwide
"I was probably one of the best/most polished speakers and I received so much great feedback from attendees! That’s testament...
2 days Robust Project Planning using practical PMI methods
Priority Management London
2 days
790 GBP
Nationwide
A proven process that is easily understood and implemented immediately by the whole team. Involves the whole team to share...
2 or 3 day Customer care course (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(1)
2-3 days
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers. The delegates will undertake...
2002 ISDA Master Agreement
Derivatives Documentation Limited
         
(3)
1 day
Worldwide
As a result of the recent credit crunch and collapse of Lehman Brothers, an increased focus has been placed on...
25 Ways to Save Energy in Your Building
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
1 day
Nationwide
This 25 Ways to Save Energy in Your Building training course aims to provide delegates with a comprehensive overview of the...
3 Days class on Improving Productivity through Quality and Cost Reduction
Zoe Talent Solutions
3 days
Worldwide
The training course aims to enable all participants to become aware of the essentials aspects and applications of Quality Improvement...
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More about Professional development opportunities in Scotland

With a population of around 5.3 million, Scotland’s economic output, measured in terms of GVA (Gross Value Added) per capita, is on a similar level to that of the UK as a whole. Similarly to others across Europe, the Scottish economy is now a modern one, meaning that it has diversified moved away from a traditional reliance on manufacturing to a greater focus on services. Thriving industries include:

Within the energy sector, the country’s extensive oil and gas reserves have created a particularly high demand for energy-related skills, with the Scottish Government predicting a need for 95,000 new recruits between 2013 and 2020. As a result, Scotland is one of the most popular locations for training in oil and gas, with Aberdeen a primary destination for those looking to train both in technical areas – drilling, exploration, production, petrophysics – and in aspects such as project management, auditing, accounting and management for oil & gas operations.

Vocational Qualifications in Scotland

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is responsible for the country’s education awards and accreditation, playing a role equivalent to that of Ofqual in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The most well-known type of vocational qualification regulated by the SQA is the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ), a competence-based award developed in line with National Occupational Standards (NOS) that certifies a professional’s ability to work effectively in a real working environment. An equivalent to England’s National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), SVQs are available at 5 different levels and across a wide range of industries, from accounting to jewellery, to mechanical engineering.

Funding for this type of qualification and other professional training programmes is available via Skills Development Scotland, the national body responsible for supporting individuals and organisations in their skills development.