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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.

Anti-Phishing Essentials
Global Learning Systems
0.5 hours
 
Worldwide
Phishing attacks can have dire consequences for individuals and organisation and could result in business and personal information being compromised,...
PCI DSS Introduction Essentials
Global Learning Systems
0.5 hours
 
Worldwide
This online course gives you the confidence that your employees understand the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and...
Security Awareness Essentials Challenge
Global Learning Systems
0.5 hours
 
Worldwide
This online course focuses on internet safety, identity theft, email safety, mobile security, data classification and protection, physical security and...
Bite-Sized Learning
MPW Learning
1 hour
 
Nationwide
MPW Learning can help your team get introduced to essential professional development areas and discover effective ways to improve their work style,...
Fire Safety Talk
The Growth Company
         
(2)
1 hour
 
Nationwide
Fire Safety Talk - 1 Hour. To give the candidate a closer understanding of the possible hazards and guidance as...
Handling Conflict and Confrontation
Pitman Training Group
1 hour
 
Multiple (57)
Improve how you handle conflict in the workplace with this short course from Pitman Training. Learn the key skills and...
Motivation & Goal Setting
Pitman Training Group
1 hour
 
Multiple (57)
This course shows you how to think about the way your work and to set realistic goals and motivational techniques...
Advanced iMindMap Workshop
OpenGenius
1.5 hours
300 GBP
Worldwide
iMindMap is the first all-in-one software for mind-mapping, brainstorming and project planning. During this 90 minute workshop, your certified iMindMap...
Are you listening?™ - 90 Minute FIT Workshop
Illumine Training
1.5 hours
 
Worldwide
Skills in listening can often be taken for granted, but can help to extract more information and understanding from a...
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 Block Short Courses: Word Large Documents (In-House)
SquareOne Training
1.5 hours
 
Multiple (2)
This Word Large Documents training course is offered as an in-house workshop by SquareOne Training. The course is designed to teach...
Building Block Short Courses: Word Templates, Tables & Forms (In-House)
SquareOne Training
1.5 hours
 
Multiple (2)
This Word Templates, Tables & Forms training course is offered as an in-house workshop by SquareOne Training. The course is designed to teach...
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...
Eat Well, Perform Well™ - 90 Minute FIT Workshop
Illumine Training
         
(2)
1.5 hours
 
Worldwide
The FIT sessions are designed to provide delegates with quick, but comprehensive and functional overviews of a topic. In just...
How to be a Productivity Ninja - In-house Course
Think Productive
         
(11)
1.5 hours
 
Nationwide
Many of us are overwhelmed by information overload and constant distractions at work, making it difficult to successfully juggle productivity...
Introduction to Change Management - positively embracing change
Illumine Training
         
(3)
1.5 hours
 
Worldwide
The FIT sessions are designed as 90-minute tasters for quality training in a short period of time. With bite-size learning...
Managing and Mastery - 90 Minute FIT Workshop
Illumine Training
         
(5)
1.5 hours
 
Worldwide
This Time Management - 90 minute workshop has been designed to help teams and companies improve time management in a manageable and...
Managing Friends
BiteSize Learning
1.5 hours
1,200 GBP
Nationwide
For newly promoted managers, one of the most significant challenges is having to manage people who, until recently, would have...
Mind Mapping Masterclass - 90 Minute FIT Workshop
Illumine Training
         
(6)
1.5 hours
 
Worldwide
The FIT Sessions are 90 minute bite-size learning experiences that allow attendees to gain a rapid and practical overview of...
Names & Faces... and other stuff!™- 90 Minute FIT Workshop
Illumine Training
         
(1)
1.5 hours
 
Worldwide
This Names & Faces... and other stuff!™- 90 minute FIT workshop is designed to teach delegates tips, tricks and techniques...
Peak Performance Strategies™ - 90 Minute FIT Workshop
Illumine Training
1.5 hours
 
Worldwide
Maximising Performance at work This Peak Performance Strategies™ workshop is an in-house programme that is designed to help professionals increase...
Problem-solving in a Nutshell™ - 90 Minute FIT Workshop
Illumine Training
1.5 hours
 
Worldwide
The FIT Sessions are 90 minutes in length and tailored to provide comprehensive information in a short period of time....
Productivity Keynote Delivered by Graham Allcott
Think Productive
1.5 hours
 
Nationwide
Secure an inspirational and thought-provoking keynote session on productivity for your team, from the founder of Think Productive - the UK’s leading...
Rapid Rapport™ - 90 Minute FIT Workshop
Illumine Training
         
(5)
1.5 hours
 
Worldwide
The FIT Sessions are 90 minute short courses designed to provide a rapid and practical overview of a subject. Upon...
Resilience e-learning Training
Beaumont Resilience Training
1.5 hours
50 GBP
Worldwide
Our Resilience e-learning programme enhances resilience by means of tried and tested activities and exercises, delivered in a varied format...
Secure Coding for Web Developers (OWASP Top 10)
Global Learning Systems
1.5 hours
 
Worldwide
Injection Broken Authentication and Session Management Cross Site Scripting (XSS) Insecure Direct Object References Security Misconfiguration Sensitive Data Exposure Missing...
Skype for Business Conferencing - Level 2
SquareOne Training
1.5 hours
 
Nationwide
Course Objectives To attend this session it is advisable to have first attended the Skype for Business Essential training prior...
Speed Reading Essentials™ - 90 Minute FIT Workshop
Illumine Training
         
(20)
1.5 hours
 
Worldwide
The FIT Sessions are 90 minute short courses provide a rapid and practical overview of a subject. Delegates of FIT...
Stress Management™ - 90 Minute FIT Workshop
Illumine Training
         
(12)
1.5 hours
 
Worldwide
The FIT Sessions are short, 90 minutes workshops which allow attendees to gain a rapid and practical overview a subject....
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...
Unleashing Creativity™ - 90 Minute FIT Workshop
Illumine Training
         
(1)
1.5 hours
 
Worldwide
This Unleashing Creativity™ is a 90-minute in-house workshop that is designed to help professionals, teams and companies get creative. Throughout...
Assertiveness in Communication
BiteSize Learning
2 hours
1,200 GBP
Nationwide
Whatever your role in the workplace, a clear and assertive communication style will prevent misunderstanding and ensure that your message...
Basic Life Support & AED
OTS Training
         
(1)
2 hours
 
Nationwide
Medical techniques and technology are constantly being updated and improved. It is important for medical professionals to stay abreast of...
Basic Life Support For Dentists
OTS Training
2 hours
 
Nationwide
First aid practices are constantly being updated in accordance with new research. It is important that those within healthcare are...
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...
Building and Leading Great Teams
BiteSize Learning
2 hours
1,200 GBP
Nationwide
A leader’s success depends on the ability to build, support and motivate high performance teams. This in-house course from BiteSize...
Building Resilience
BiteSize Learning
2 hours
1,200 GBP
Nationwide
Resilience is a vital skill that everyone needs to manage the daily challenges of work and life. Feeling disempowered and...
Business Skills Toolbox
BiteSize Learning
2 hours
1,200 GBP
Nationwide
The right tools are essential to getting the job done efficiently. The Business Skills Toolbox is a selection of versatile...
Coaching
BiteSize Learning
2 hours
1,200 GBP
Nationwide
Effective leaders coach their people to achieve excellence for themselves and their teams. This inspiring in-house workshop from BiteSize Learning...
Creative Problem Solving
BiteSize Learning
2 hours
1,200 GBP
Nationwide
From time to time we need to find a new approach to solve problems and move forward. On such occasions,...
Delegation
BiteSize Learning
2 hours
1,200 GBP
Nationwide
Leaders need to apply effort and time to the challenges of good leadership. This time can only be created through...
Diversity and Inclusion
BiteSize Learning
2 hours
1,200 GBP
Nationwide
Is the same event described by one person as “offensive and humiliating” and the rest of the team as “harmless...
Effective Minute Taking
BiteSize Learning
2 hours
1,200 GBP
Nationwide
Whether our full time role or just an occasional activity, many of us find ourselves having to take meeting minutes...
Effective Networking
BiteSize Learning
2 hours
1,200 GBP
Nationwide
Networking is word of mouth marketing, sometimes described as ‘warm-calling’, and is one of the most cost and time efficient...
Effective Online Communication
Pitman Training Group
2 hours
 
Multiple (57)
In today's digital world it has never been more important to know how to effectively and professionally communicate online. Through...
Forestry First Aid + F (QAR)
OTS Training
2 hours
 
Nationwide
Those who work in remote environments need to have the skills to respond in emergency situations. On the outskirts of...
Giving and Receiving Feedback
BiteSize Learning
2 hours
1,200 GBP
Nationwide
High performers welcome and actively seek feedback; under-performers, while not always welcoming it, are likely to need honest, constructive feedback...
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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.