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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...
2 Day In-House Sales Excellence Course
Pareto Law
         
(2)
2 days
Nationwide
This highly interactive sales training focuses on increasing conversion rates, profit margins and overall order values. The end objective is...
21st Century Accountant Professional Development Skills
Financial Fluency
Flexible
Nationwide
This training course  provides a comprehensive skillset for today's accounting profession. This course reviews the challenges facing the modern accountant...
3D Studio Max (In-House Workshop)
SquareOne Training
         
(1)
1 day
Nationwide
Autodesk 3D Studio Max, also known as 3ds Max, is a leading 3D computer graphic software frequently used by video game developers, TV...
3ds Max 201: Green Belt
STL
5 days
Nationwide
Courses never cancelled. Last minute rescheduling. 24 month delegate support forum. And more... You will be able to design 3D...
3ds Max Design Essentials
Benchmarq Training
2 days
250 GBP
Multiple (2)
Autodesk 3ds Max is the industry standard software for comprehensive 3D modelling, animation and rendering of visualisation projects. During this...
3ds MAX Fundamentals - In-House Training
Cadassist Ltd
3 days
Nationwide
This Autodesk 3ds MAX Fundamentals In-House Training will help your participants exploit the basic range of 3D rendering and animation tools...
A Masterclass in Effective Communications
Courtney Associates (Global)
1 day
Nationwide
In organisations, large or small, ask any employee about problems they face at work on a daily basis and you...
A Masterclass in Effective Sales Skills
Courtney Associates (Global)
1 day
Nationwide
This 1-day programme was created to provide participants with the opportunity explore topics specific to their working environment. The course...
A Masterclass in Minute Taking
Courtney Associates (Global)
1 day
Nationwide
The problems associated with effective minute taking often come down to issues related to communication, listening, co-operation and organisational skills....
A Masterclass in Successful Marketing
Courtney Associates (Global)
1 day
Nationwide
Marketing is a complex and rapidly changing world that requires professionals to have a solid grasp of the basics while...
Abrasive Wheels - In-house Training
HSS Training
         
(6)
0.5 days
Nationwide
This intensive half-day bespoke training session will enable participants to explore the current legislation related to the operation of abrasive...
Absence Management
Maguire Training
         
(1)
1 day
1,750 GBP
Nationwide
Delegates will learn to manage and improve absenteeism in the business. This course is designed to help managers to manage...
Absence Management Training - Human Resources Courses
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(2)
1 day
Nationwide
Absence Management Training - (1 Day In-House Course) As a manager, supervisor company owner or hr professional, it’s never been...
Access - Level 1 (In-House)
SquareOne Training
         
(1)
1 day
Nationwide
This course gives those who have little or no experience of working with Microsoft Access a detailed introduction to this...
Access - Level 2 (In-House)
SquareOne Training
Can be customised to 1 or 2 days
Nationwide
This course is designed for people who want to discover more about the features and operations in Microsoft Access so...
Access Intermediate
STL
1 day
Nationwide
Courses never cancelled. Last minute rescheduling. 24 month delegate support forum. And more... This course is designed for those users...
Access Querying
Wise Owl
1 day
Nationwide
This course equips teams with knowledge of the underlying principles of an Access corporate database and how to use that...
Access VBA
STL
2 days
Nationwide
Courses never cancelled. Last minute rescheduling. 24 month delegate support forum. And more... At the end of the course the...
Accounting - Level 4 - Apprenticeship Training
Find Registered Apprenticeship Training Providers - For Companies
18 months
Nationwide
Complete the information request to connect with registered training providers who can deliver this training. Please note this training is...
Accounting/Financial Statement Analysis
City Training UK
         
(8)
Custom
Nationwide
This accounting training course is focused on the understanding of key concepts in accounting and interpretation of real world financial...
Accounts Payable: In-House Training
Acudemy Ltd
12 hours
Nationwide
This Accounts Payable: In-House Training is designed to provide you with a thorough and practical understanding of accounts payable. A...
Accredited PRINCE2 Foundation Classroom Training & Exam
E-Careers
575 GBP
Nationwide
Our face to face classroom course provides delegates with a quality and detailed understanding of the PRINCE2 project management methodology....
Achieving Customer Service Excellence
Activia Training
1 day
Nationwide
This one-day training course enables delegates to understand the vital importance of customer service to any organisation and assists them...
Administering Windows Server 2012
STL
5 days
Nationwide
Courses never cancelled. Last minute rescheduling. 24 month delegate support forum. And more... Configure and Troubleshoot Domain Name System Maintain...
Administration Course
Souters
         
(2)
As required
Nationwide
This business administration course is offered by Souters in the in-house/company specific format. The course can be customised depending upon...
Adobe Acrobat - New User (In-House)
SquareOne Training
1 day
Nationwide
Adobe Acrobat is part of the Creative Suite collection. It is the worldwide industry standard tool for problem-free digital document...
Adobe InDesign Level 2
Insight IT Training
         
(1)
1 day
Nationwide
Delivered by highly knowledgeable trainers, this  Adobe InDesign Level 2 course provides your staff with the intermediate level skills needed...
Adobe Photoshop - New User (In-House)
SquareOne Training
2 days
Nationwide
This training course is designed to help users with no previous experience in Adobe Photoshop get to grips with the...
Advanced Agrochemical Formulation Strategies
PTI
3 days
Nationwide
This programme will provide you with an in-depth understanding of agrochemical formulation strategies through a combination of theoretical knowledge and...
Advanced Business Negotiation
London Stock Exchange Group Academy
1 day
Nationwide
This interactive one-day in-house workshop is taught by a former Corporate Finance solicitor. The course provides a unique opportunity for...
Advanced Communication Skills for Managers
Courtney Associates (Global)
2 days
Nationwide
This Advanced Communication Skills for Managers course is designed to provide managers with the critical skills necessary to communicate effectively...
Advanced Customer Service for the Public Sector - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
Nationwide
An inspirational and interactive course that teaches advanced customer service skills that create a pro-active customer focus within your team....
Advanced dairy technologist - Level 5 - Apprenticeship Training
Find Registered Apprenticeship Training Providers - For Companies
36 months
Nationwide
Complete the information request to connect with registered training providers who can deliver this training. Please note this training is...
Advanced Facilitation Skills - 2 day In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
2 days
Nationwide
Inevitably, in any organisation, occasions arise where the method by which consensus can be achieved is not always obvious. Also,...
Advanced Field Sales
Maguire Training
         
(1)
2 days
1,750 GBP
Nationwide
Delegates will learn how to maximise every sales opportunity within their location. In a tough competitive sales environment the well...
Advanced Foundations of .NET Development
STL
3 days
Nationwide
Courses never cancelled. Last minute rescheduling. 24 month delegate support forum. And more... The objectives of the course are:; ;...
Advanced Industrial Climber (MOD 4) - In-house Training
HSS Training
1 day
Nationwide
Building on the skills delivered in the MOD3 (Occasional Climber) course, this Advanced Industrial Climber course equips supervisors with the...
Advanced Level CMC Analytical, Comparability & Stability Testing and Lab Practices for Biotech and Biosimilar Products
PTI
2 days
Nationwide
This advanced course follows the introductory level course and includes a more detailed look at the technical issues involved in...
Advanced Listening Skills - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
Nationwide
There are many reasons why people struggle to listen effectively. These include: Believing that the only way to put their...
Advanced Materials Storage Management - Policy and Process
CP Training Consortium
Nationwide
Stores managers have strategic importance within any company.  They need to know the rationale behind the processes and practices in...
Advanced PR - In-House Course
Press Association Training
2 days
Nationwide
Through this highly-practical two-day course, attendees will gain an advanced understanding of public relations, and how to apply effective techniques...
Advanced Presentation and Influencing Skills - the Master Class
CP Training Consortium
2 days
Nationwide
This in-house training is built to fit your exact needs. All customised course content is presented alongside practical exercises and...
Advanced Regulatory Affairs for Medical Devices
PTI
2 days
Nationwide
The Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) was concluded in June 2016, which means significant changes for the European regulatory landscape for medical...
Advanced Reinsurance
CII - The Chartered Insurance Institute
3 days
Nationwide
This three-day Advanced Reinsurance course is a highly interactive and intensive programme that gives in-depth coverage of property and liability...
Advanced Selling Skills - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
2 days
Nationwide
This Advanced Selling Skills course covers the science of questions in qualification and advanced objection handling skills with participants expected...
Advanced SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services)
Wise Owl
2 days
Nationwide
This two-day course teaches teams how to develop code utilising custom assemblies and linking to them from reports and gives...
Advanced Telephone Prospecting - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
Nationwide
This Advanced Telephone Prospecting course is totally practical and hands-on and includes live sales calls made by the tutor followed...
Advanced Telephone Sales
Maguire Training
         
(1)
2 days
1,750 GBP
Nationwide
The delegates will learn how to sell even more successfully over the telephone. This programme is for telephone sales professionals...
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  • = This course results in CPD hours
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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.