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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.

AutoLISP for AutoCAD Users - In-House Training
Cadassist Ltd
3 days
Nationwide
This AutoLISP for AutoCAD Users In-House Training will help your participants learn how to create customised application commands within AutoCAD. The...
Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell
STL
5 days
Nationwide
Courses never cancelled. Last minute rescheduling. 24 month delegate support forum. And more... By the end of this course, delegates...
Aviation operations manager - 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...
Award in Leadership and Team Building - In-house Course
TTE Training Limited
Nationwide
Enhance the leadership and team building skills of your staff with this dynamic in-house course from TTE Training. Through the...
Banksman Course
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
1 day
Nationwide
This Banksman training course is designed to provide organisations and employees with the tools and skills to meet the legal...
Banksman Train the Trainer
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
5 days
Nationwide
As a cost-effective alternative for organisations wishing to train a sizeable number of employees in key banksman skills, this Banksman...
Basic Life Support, AED & Anaphylaxis
OTS Training
2.5 hours
Nationwide
First aid techniques are quickly and constantly changing as medical technology advances. It is extremely important that medical professionals are...
Basic Welding and Process Knowledge Course for First Time Welders - In-house Training
HSS Training
Enquire for details
Nationwide
This in-house introduction to welding course has been designed to equip first time welders of MIG and MMA with the...
Better Business Writing Skills
Brilliant Customer Service
1 day
Nationwide
This one-day Better Business Writing Skills course from Brilliant Customer Service is designed to benefit all customer facing and internal...
Bioavailability and Bioequivalence
PTI
         
(6)
2 days
Nationwide
Through interactive sessions and multiple case studies this in-house course will evaluate every aspect of BA/BE from the regulations and types...
Bioprocess Characterisation, Qualification and Validation
PTI
2 days
Nationwide
Through this in-house from PTI participants will gain a thorough understanding of process development, characterisation, qualification, verification and validation to ensure...
Bite-size Management Development - In-house
3gHR
2 hours
Nationwide
3gHR have always believed in the power of short training interventions with high energy, high impact learning. Historically 3gHR were...
Bookkeeping Principles & Practice
Financial Fluency
Flexible
Nationwide
This introduction to bookkeeping is designed to cover the fundamental principles of accounting, providing practical insight into the flow of...
Brand Building with the Public - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
Nationwide
This brand building course introduces the fundamentals of brand identity and running a brand centre. Areas covered include: What makes...
Branding: How To Develop Your Personal Brand
Leading Edge Leadership
         
(5)
1.5 hours
750 GBP
Nationwide
You are a brand - and you need to know what that brand stands for in order to boost your...
Bribery Act – Complacency is not an option
Law2020
As required
Nationwide
This course from Law2020 is designed to deliver a practical and effective session on the Bribery Act. The act criminalises...
Budgeting and Cost Control
Financial Fluency
Flexible
Nationwide
This financial awareness training course looks at the key elemets of budgeting and cost control, by providing your team with...
Build a WordPress Website in a Day - In-House Course
Press Association Training
1 day
Nationwide
Learn how to build, edit and manage your own website with WordPress - a fast, free and popular web development...
Building and Leading High Performing Teams - In-house
Paramount Learning Ltd
         
(2)
2 days
2,250 GBP
Nationwide
This 2-day Building and Leading High Performance Teams (In-House Training) programme principally aims to offer participants with assistance in exploring varying...
Building and Maintaining Teams
LaPD Solutions
         
(5)
1 day
0 GBP
Nationwide
Really great teams do not usually just happen, even when they seem like they have. They have become really good as...
Building Block Short Courses: Excel Large Spreadsheets (In-House)
SquareOne Training
1.5 hours
Multiple (2)
This Excel Large Spreadsheets training course is offered as an in-house workshop by SquareOne Training. Often large amounts of information are...
Building Block Short Courses: Outlook Calendars (In-House)
SquareOne Training
1.5 hours
Multiple (2)
This Outlook Calendars training course is offered as an in-house workshop by SquareOne Training. The course is designed to teach delegates...
Building Block Short Courses: PowerPoint Effective Presentations (In-House)
SquareOne Training
1.5 hours
Multiple (2)
This PowerPoint Effective Presentations training course is offered as an in-house workshop by SquareOne Training. The course is designed to help delegates create...
Building Blocks Short Courses: Excel Formulae and Functions (In-House)
SquareOne Training
1.5 hours
Multiple (2)
This Excel Formulae and Functions training course is offered as an in-house workshop by SquareOne Training. The course is designed to teach delegates...
Building Blocks Short Courses: Excel PivotTables and PivotCharts (In-House)
SquareOne Training
1.5 hours
Multiple (2)
This Excel PivotTables and PivotCharts training course is offered as an in-house workshop by SquareOne Training. The course is designed to...
Building Global Multi-asset Portfolios
London Stock Exchange Group Academy
1 day
Nationwide
In this one-day course, participants will earn learn some highly-effective methods that will allow them to create their own globally diversified...
Building High Performing Teams
DSM Training
3 days
Nationwide
This 3 day training programmes explores the facets of a high performing team, and the individuals that make up the...
Building Personal & Professional Confidence - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
Nationwide
This course is aimed at anybody who struggles to assert themselves in business or social situations because of a lack...
Building Rapport
Customer Care First
4 hours
Nationwide
This is an in-house training that can be offered by Customer Service First for groups of participants at client's preferred...
Building Rapport
STL
1 day
Nationwide
Courses never cancelled. Last minute rescheduling. 24 month delegate support forum. And more......
Building Resilience
DSM Training
1 day
Nationwide
Resilience is the ability to cope and look for solutions in the face of problems and challenges. Those who lack...
Building Stronger Teams to Maximise Results
The Growth Company
1 day
Nationwide
Building Stronger Teams to Maximise Results - 1 day. Improve performance of the work team. Learn how to develop skills...
Building Successful Relationships
Activia Training
1 day
Nationwide
This one-day workshop deals with the fact that better results are achieved by building sustainable relationships with colleagues, customers and...
Business Acumen
The Matchett Group
1 day
Nationwide
No matter what department or function they operate in, every member of staff can benefit from an understanding of how...
Business Analysis Practice
TCC
3 days
Nationwide
The BCS Business Analysis Practice course provides the fundamental skills and framework needed by effective business analysts engaged in a...
Business and Professional Administration - Level 4 - Apprenticeship Training
Find Registered Apprenticeship Training Providers - For Companies
24 months
Nationwide
Complete the information request to connect with registered training providers who can deliver this training. Please note this training is...
Business English - Workshop
Souters
As required
Nationwide
This workshop on Business English will help participants take their English language skills to the next level. Participants will gain...
Business Maths
Financial Fluency
Flexible
Nationwide
This training course covers key numerical skills and business calculation tactics that will make your work with business numbers more...
Business Process Management: In-House Training
IIL Europe
2 days
Nationwide
Orbital Training & Consulting delivers this training course in-house at your location for groups of 10 or more delegates. In-House...
Business Skills for Administrators - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
Nationwide
The aim of this course is to give the busy administrator the skills to prioritise, organise and manage their working...
Business Strategy for Managers
Innoverto
3 days
Multiple (7)
Effective business strategy helps organisations understand their current positions and plan for the future of their business. In constructing a business...
Business Valuation
Financial Fluency
Flexible
Nationwide
This training course covers the key elements of Business Valuation,  which are fundamental to designing and implementing a competitive business...
Business Writing
STL
1 day
Nationwide
Courses never cancelled. Last minute rescheduling. 24 month delegate support forum. And more... Attending this one day course will provide...
Business writing for apprentices
Emphasis Training Limited
1 day
Nationwide
Investment in apprentices can introduce fresh talent and energy into a business, and in the UK, the apprenticeship levy has...
Business Writing Skills
The Growth Company
1 day
Nationwide
Business Writing Skills - 1 Day. Your written communication says everything about your organisation. This practical workshop begins by analysing...
Business Writing Skills - In-house Course
Dods Training
1 day
Nationwide
This practical one-day in-house course will assist participants acquire a detailed understanding of how to write effectively for business, exploring...
Business writing (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(2)
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...
Captivate 201 Green Belt
STL
3 days
Nationwide
Courses never cancelled. Last minute rescheduling. 24 month delegate support forum. And more......
Captivate Jumpstart - Zero to HERO
STL
5 days
Nationwide
Courses never cancelled. Last minute rescheduling. 24 month delegate support forum. And more......
Care Leadership and Management: General Adult Social Care - Level 5 - Apprenticeship Training
Find Registered Apprenticeship Training Providers - For Companies
12 months
Nationwide
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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.