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.

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Assertiveness Skills
Masters in Minds
2 days
990 GBP
Multiple (3)
If you’re a leader or manager who finds it difficult to be assertive with your staff to get the best from them,...
Audio Typing for Beginners - Level 1
Pitman Training Group
15 hours
Multiple (36)
This is a fantastic self paced course for students wishing to learn audio transcription skills in the shortest time possible....
Audio Typing Intermediate Level 2
Pitman Training Group
15 hours
Multiple (36)
This is the best choice for those who want to achieve audio typing skills to the OCR Text Processing Level...
Auditing to: ISO 9001 Training Course
BSI Training
3 days
995 GBP
Multiple (16)
This practical training course covers the ISO 9001 quality management system and provides delegates with internationally recognised skills in the...
AutoCAD ACA Jumpstart
Academy Class
1 week
997 GBP
Multiple (3)
During this five day AutoCAD ACA Jumpstart training course, students will learn the basic commands necessary for professional 2D drawing, design,...
AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Essentials Training Course
TMS CADCentre
3 days
Larbert
This 3 day AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Essentials Training Course is designed to teach participants how to create , edit...
AutoCAD Beyond the Basics
Cadassist Ltd
2 days
500 GBP
Multiple (3)
This AutoCAD Beyond the Basics | 2D course is an intermediate level programme that will enable AutoCAD users to move...
AutoCAD Civil 3D
Cadassist Ltd
2 days
600 GBP
Multiple (3)
Cadassist's AutoCAD Civil 3D course is designed to provide civil design professionals with the skills needed to exploit the many...
AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials Training Course
TMS CADCentre
3 days
Multiple (2)
This AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials Training Course is designed for those who wish to acquire the skills necessary to exploit...
AutoCAD Customised Training Course
Symetri
Flexible
Multiple (4)
This training course is designed to provide an update to your AutoCAD skills, helping you increase productivity and performance. It can be...
AutoCAD Essentials
Cadassist Ltd
3 days
675 GBP
Multiple (3)
This course is aimed towards design professionals who are new users to AutoCAD for 2D design work. Delegates will be...
AutoCAD Essentials
Symetri
3 days
Multiple (2)
This 3 day AutoCAD Essentials training course, offered by Symetri, is designed to provide delegates with a comprehensive overview of...
Autodesk Inventor Essentials
Cadassist Ltd
4 days
900 GBP
Multiple (3)
This Autodesk Inventor Essentials course is foundation level and very hands on programme designed to cover the skills necessary to...
Autodesk Inventor Essentials
Symetri
4 days
Multiple (3)
This 4 day Autodesk Inventor Essentials training course, offered by Symetri, is designed to provide delegates with a comprehensive overview...
Autodesk Inventor Tube & Pipe Training
Symetri
1 day
Multiple (3)
This 1 day Autodesk Inventor Tube & Pipe training course, offered by Symetri, is designed to provide delegates with a firm...
Autodesk Productivity Course
Symetri
Flexible
Multiple (3)
This training course has been designed to improve your skill sin Autodesk, to enhance your productivity within the programmes. The course...
Autodesk Revit MEP Essentials
Cadassist Ltd
3 days
750 GBP
Multiple (3)
This Autodesk Revit MEP Essentials course is designed to introduce participants parametric building services modelling using Autodesk’s Revit MEP software....
Autodesk Vault User
Symetri
1 day
Multiple (3)
This 1 day Autodesk Vault User  training course, offered by Symetri, is designed to provide delegates with a comprehensive overview...
Basic Drilling Awareness
Aberdeen Drilling School
         
(2)
1 day
Aberdeen
This awareness level training discusses the basics of drilling and provides non technical staff with foundation knowledge of the drilling  process...
Basic Drilling Technology & Equipment
Aberdeen Drilling School
         
(3)
3 days
Aberdeen
This Drilling Technology and Equipment course reviews the basic components involved in the drilling process as well as the steps...
Basic Locksmith Course - UK Locksmith Association
HSS Training
1 day
695 GBP
Multiple (32)
This introductory training course, accredited by the UK's Locksmiths Association and delivered by HSS Training, explores the basic concepts of...
Basic Petroleum Engineering Practices - BE
PetroSkills
5 days
4,570 USD
Multiple (4)
This course is a basic introduction to most aspects of the Petroleum Engineering discipline, which includes reservoir, production, and drilling...
Basic Reservoir Engineering - BR
PetroSkills
5 days
4,570 USD
Multiple (7)
Basic Reservoir Engineering is a course designed to help the participants develop a more complete understanding of the characteristics of...
Basic Welding and Process Knowledge Course for First Time Welders
HSS Training
Enquire for details
Multiple (32)
This introduction to welding course has been designed to equip first time welders of MIG and MMA with the fundamental...
Basics of Offshore Operations
FQM Training
1 day
Aberdeen
Offshore operations cover a broad range of activities including exploration, exploration drilling, development drilling, production, workover and transportation. This Basics...
BCS Business Analysis Foundation
Focus on Training
         
(33)
3 days
795 GBP
Multiple (10)
This  BCS Business Analysis Foundation  training programme is an open course offered by Focus on Training available in cities across...
Behavioural Economics
FSTP
         
(6)
1 day
595 GBP
Multiple (2)
Complex financial products can be difficult for people to understand – which increases the likelihood of poor decision making. Behavioural...
Berlitz Cultural Consulting
Berlitz UK - London
Custom
Multiple (7)
While spoken communication can play a large role in our interactions with others, recent research suggests that other non verbal...
Better Communication Skills at Work
Hemsley Fraser
         
(1)
2 days
999 GBP
Multiple (2)
This 2 day challenging, practical and insightful course explores the techniques required for you to achieve positive results through your...
Better Proof Reading
Cosensa Learning and Development
0.5 days
185 GBP
Multiple (5)
This half day proof reading training course will benefit anyone who has responsibility for checking and correcting documents, including press...
Body Language - The Hidden Secret of Communicating Successfully
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(13)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Why is it that some people seem able to consistently communicate better than others? Research has shown that it is...
Bookkeeping - Advanced Course
Pitman Training Group
18 hours
Multiple (36)
If you're looking for a flexible advanced level manual bookkeeping course to study around your other commitments, Pitman Training is...
Bookkeeping For Beginners Course
Pitman Training Group
22 hours
Multiple (36)
This programme will guide you through the first steps of business financials, preparing you for your new career as a...
Bookkeeping For Intermediates Course
Pitman Training Group
22 hours
Multiple (36)
If you're looking for a flexible manual bookkeeping course to study around your other commitments, Pitman Training is a great...
Brand Building with the Public
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This brand building course introduces the fundamentals of brand identity and running a brand centre. Areas covered include: What makes...
BS OHSAS 18001 Management Systems Lead Auditor IOSH Certified Training Course
BSI Training
         
(1)
5 days
1,575 GBP
Multiple (16)
This training course is IOSH accredited and will help you effectively audit and improve your health and safety management system. Specifically...
BTEC Examination for the Professional Award in Payroll Administration
Payroll Alliance
0.5 days
0 GBP
Multiple (3)
The  BTEC Examination for the Professional Award in Payroll Administration is the final exam for the Payroll Foundation week and...
BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development
Tri-Coaching Instructor Training
5 days
1,300 GBP
Multiple (4)
Over recent years, Approved Driving Instructors have shown an increased interest in continuing professional development (CPD) courses. The DVSA encourages...
BTEC Manual Handling Trainers (Level 3)
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
2 days
790 GBP
Multiple (3)
Delivered by an experienced trainer with both health and safety and teaching qualifications, this Level 3 accredited training course provides...
BTEC Safer People Handling Trainers (Level 4)
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
         
(1)
4 days
995 GBP
Multiple (3)
This BTEC accreditation course is the first of its kind in terms of training in Safer People Handling and continues...
Budgeting for Success
Cosensa Learning and Development
1 day
345 GBP
Multiple (4)
Line managers are frequently delegated the responsibility of budgetary preparation and control yet often have no prior experience or formal...
Building a high-performing team
Masters in Minds
3 days
1,485 GBP
Multiple (3)
This training course will give you the insights and skills to develop the performance and efficiency of your team. The...
Building Excellent Working Relationships
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(8)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Why is it that there are some people that we just dont seem to hit it off with easily, whilst...
Building Personal & Professional Confidence
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(15)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course is aimed at anybody who struggles to assert themselves in business or social situations because of a lack...
Bullying & harassment awareness training
Cosensa Learning and Development
1 day
345 GBP
Multiple (4)
To raise awareness for staff of potential bullying and harassment in the workplace including a clearer understanding of the importance...
Business Contract Law for Non-Lawyers
Law2020
2 days
950 GBP
Multiple (3)
This hands on course from Law2020 is delivered by a practising commercial solicitor who also has over 20 years' experience...
Business English - Effective Business Communication
Pitman Training Group
20 hours
Multiple (36)
If you're unsure about your English in an office environment, this is the course for you! In approximately 20 hours...
Business Friendly Finance - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course is aimed at non financial managers and others in positions where an understanding of finance will help them...
Business Skills for Administrators
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(5)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
The aim of this course is to give the busy administrator the skills to prioritise, organise and manage their working...
Call Centre - Achieving Best Practice
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course has been designed and adapted for a number of PTP's clients that run call centres to handle incoming...
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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.

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