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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.

Successful Meetings and Minutes
Pitman Training Group
6 hours
Multiple (58)
Meetings that aren't managed properly could result in a significant waste of time. A crucial function of effective meetings is...
Successful Sales Presentations
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(8)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course imitates the real two-stage process of qualification and presentation. Through a series of scenarios, delegates will practise their...
Succession Planning Masterclass
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This full-day course takes delegates through the process required to develop a realistic succession plan to enable the business to...
Supplier Performance Management (In-house)
LEORON Professional Development Institute
5 days
4,190 USD
Worldwide
Getting quality supplies at the lowest possible cause is the key to providing products and services that are cost efficient...
Supply Chain Operations Reference (In-house)
LEORON Professional Development Institute
3 days
3,290 USD
Worldwide
The Supply Chain Operations Reference course is designed to introduce and explain the SCOR (Supply Chain Operations Reference Model) framework...
Supply Chain Risk Management (In-house)
LEORON Professional Development Institute
5 days
4,190 USD
Worldwide
Leoron has partnered with The Association for Operations Management (APICS) in order to present the best practices in reducing the...
Surface Production Operations - PO3 - In House Training
PetroSkills
5 days
Worldwide
This course can be conducted on site at your location exclusively for your staff. The purpose of this course is...
Swiss Island® - An Interactive and Tangible (Agile) Project Management Simulation
HOT Engineering
Worldwide
Swiss Island® is a role-play based simulation that simulates the execution of an (agile) project or programme. Swiss Island® uses...
TACCP, Food Defence, Bio-vigilance and Bio-terrorism (PAS 96)
IQMS
         
(2)
1 day
350 GBP
Multiple (5)
Through this professional development course by IQMS, participants will explore the discussions and concerns around bio-vigilance and bio-terrorism that exist...
Team Building
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(2)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This team building course deals with those aspects which encourage team players to work well together through practical sessions which...
Team Leading NVQ Level 2 - Funded Qualifications
Live And Learn Consultancy
12 months
0 GBP
Multiple (26)
Being an effective team leader in the workplace can truly inspire and motivate your team to produce better performance levels....
Teeline Fast
Pitman Training Group
35 hours
Multiple (58)
The Pitman Training course in Teeline Shorthand is designed to teach participants shorthand theory and practice quickly. In as little...
Teeline Professional
Pitman Training Group
45 hours
Multiple (58)
This course from Pitman Training is designed to give participants a good level of shorthand, which is still an essential...
That's what you think!™ - 90 Minute FIT Workshop
Illumine Training
         
(8)
1.5 hours
Worldwide
The FIT Sessions are 90 minute short courses that provide a quick and practical overview of a subject. The courses...
The Art of Retail Selling
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(5)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This is a course designed to assist individuals and companies to benefit from the experiences and research of succcessful retail...
The Client Meeting - Face to Face Selling
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(6)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
Delegates start the day by comparing their own experiences of customer care. This programme looks at the importance of body...
The Green Worker
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
A highly inspirational and practical course on how to transform your workplace into an energy-efficient and sustainable environment. This The...
The Internal Consultant
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(2)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
There comes a time when your specialist knowledge as professional doesn't go far enough. Senior management will be looking for...
The LFA and Project Planning
Accord Worldwide
5 days
2,650 USD
Worldwide
Project planning is one of the key activities in development industry nowadays. We are basically implementing projects on daily basis....
The Practical MBA - Managing By Your Actions (2 day course)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(2)
2 days
900 GBP
Multiple (7)
A manager's effectiveness depends on the manager! This 2 day course provides a unique opportunity for a manager, or aspiring...
The Secrets of Low Cost Advertising
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This advertising and promotion course analyses cold calling, mail-shots, telephone prospecting, advertising, packaging and many more promotional ideas. Delegates discover...
Think on Your Feet®
Illumine Training
         
(66)
2 days
Worldwide
Be more effective in meetings, one to ones, talking to colleagues and making presentations Build your ability to focus on...
ThinkBuzan Certified iMind Mapping Practitioner
Innoverto
         
(6)
2 days
Worldwide
This training course prepares individuals to become certified practitioners of the ThinkBuzan iMind Mapping software for business. Delivered by a...
Time Management for Personal Effectiveness
Illumine Training
         
(34)
0.5 days
Worldwide
Manage time more effectively and work more efficiently with practical strategies and options. Essential, but often overlooked skills to help...
Trading and Shipping Working Together - In-House
International Business House
4 days
Worldwide
Delivered in-house on your company premises, this  Trading and Shipping Working Together course explores the key issues facing players in...
Train the Trainer (2 day course)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(15)
2 days
900 GBP
Multiple (7)
This two-day train the trainer course has been designed to empower managers to assist and guide their team to their...
Training Needs Analysis
Cosensa Learning and Development
         
(2)
1 day
325 GBP
Multiple (8)
Training Needs Analysis is designed to help you identify the precise areas where training is required for your organisation's employees....
Training Needs Identification Analysis, Planning and Implementation
Accord Worldwide
4 days
2,185 USD
Worldwide
A capable workforce is increasingly being seen as positively affecting performance and the competitive success of the organization, both large...
Transition from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 (In-house)
LEORON Professional Development Institute
5 days
4,190 USD
Worldwide
ISO 9001:2015 has gone through the most significant revision in 15 years, complete with a new structure, new numbering scheme, new...
Troubleshooting Oil and Gas Processing Facilities - In House Training
PetroSkills
5 days
Worldwide
This course can be conducted on site at your location exclusively for your staff. This course will cover how to...
Turbomachinery Monitoring and Problem Analysis - ME-62 - In House Training
PetroSkills
5 days
Worldwide
This course can be conducted on site at your location exclusively for your staff. This five-day course is an intensive,...
Twitter for Business
Pitman Training Group
10 hours
Multiple (58)
In today's age of technology, presence on social media is critical to gaining business exposure. The course focuses on how...
Typaz
Pitman Training Group
25 hours
Multiple (58)
This course from Pitman is designed to increase work rate and will give participants the ability to touch type at...
Typaz Professional
Pitman Training Group
42 hours
Multiple (58)
This course from Pitman is designed to give participants the skills to touch type with greater speed and accuracy. The...
UKPIA / SPA Petrol Retail Contractors Safety Passport
HSS Training
         
(5)
2 days
140 GBP
Multiple (16)
This course is designed to provide an understanding of general health & safety including specific hazards associated with working in...
UKPIA / SPA Petrol Retail Contractors Safety Passport (Refresher) Petrol Update
HSS Training
1 day
80 GBP
Multiple (10)
Designed as a refresher course for contractors working on petrol station forecourts who have an existing Safety Passport nearing expiry....
Understanding Building Conservation
CIOB Academy
2 days
295 GBP
Multiple (2)
Through this intensive two-day course from CIOB Academy participants will develop their understanding of conservation for both residential and commercial...
Understanding Business Accounts
Pitman Training Group
12 hours
Multiple (58)
This short 12-hour course in Understanding Accounts is ideal for those who require a working understanding of accounts and bookkeeping...
Understanding Well Productivity
Lloyd's Register
3 days
Worldwide
Designed by energy industry specialists at Lloyd's Register, this Understanding Well Productivity   training course explains how how reservoir and well...
UNIX Fundamentals
StayAhead Training
         
(44)
5 days
1,645 GBP
Multiple (6)
S8 UNIX Fundamentals Course Overview This Unix Operating System and Shell Programming training course introduces the delegate to the main...
Use of Full Azimuth Seismic and Microseismic for Unconventional Plays - FAMS - In House Training
PetroSkills
5 days
Worldwide
This course can be conducted on site at your location exclusively for your staff. For surface Seismic, participants will learn...
USEF Business Simulation
DNV GL's Energy Academy
0.5 days
Worldwide
Participants in this USEF business simulation will be able to answer questions such as, what will happen when flexibility is...
Using Big Data and Predictive Analytics For Strategic Advantage
Innoverto
         
(1)
2 days
2,500 USD
Worldwide
The proliferation of data of all types including text, video, images, and sound presents a challenge to managers who must...
VAT Part 1 - An Introduction to UK VAT
Quorum Training - A Wilmington Company
         
(5)
1 day
545 GBP
Multiple (10)
This VAT Part 1 - An Introduction to UK VAT addresses the fundamentals of VAT and the key rules that apply...
VAT Part 2 - Complex Aspects and New Developments
Quorum Training - A Wilmington Company
         
(1)
1 day
575 GBP
Multiple (10)
This VAT Part 2 - Complex Aspects and New Developments course addresses the more complex aspects of VAT, covering key...
Video Content Creation for the Web
Thomson Reuters Foundation
2 days
Worldwide
The Video for the Web course is a two-day course designed to teach video journalists about the different disciplines within...
Video for Business
Pitman Training Group
10 hours
Multiple (58)
Videos can reach millions of people in seconds, and when used properly, it can be used to open up businesses...
Virtual Assistant Diploma
Pitman Training Group
6 weeks
Multiple (58)
Many companies turn to Virtual Assistants for on-demand support in a variety of administrative duties such as managing social media...
Waterflooding A to Z - WF - In House Training
PetroSkills
5 days
Worldwide
This course can be conducted on site at your location exclusively for your staff. Waterflooding has long been proven as...
Web Design Diploma
Pitman Training Group
7 weeks
Multiple (58)
Most businesses today have a strong online presence and web design skills is always in demand. Anyone with a creative...
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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.