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.

Abrasive Wheels
HSS Training
         
(16)
0.5 days
65 GBP
Multiple (16)
This course is designed for operators of hand held equipment that requires a fitment of an abrasive wheel or grinding...
Asbestos - Awareness (UKATA)
HSS Training
0.5 days
0 GBP
Multiple (15)
This course is designed to provide knowledge and awareness of what asbestos is, where it is likely to be found...
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...
CASS Client Asset Requirements
Corporate Training Partnerships
0.5 days
395 GBP
Multiple (2)
The FCA has now published its much awaited new rules on the protection of client assets and money for investment...
CIEH - Level 2 Award in Principles of Manual Handling
HSS Training
         
(12)
0.5 days
102 GBP
Multiple (16)
Designed for those who carry out manual handling at work, providing essential information about manual handling hazards and their control....
Communicating Effectively - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This Communicating Effectively course will help participants understand and appreciate how communication determines success or failure. It will highlight key communication...
Connecting and Communicating - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This is a practical half day Workshop designed to show you how to communicate and connect effectively by understanding communication...
Construction Industry Scheme
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
0.5 days
245 GBP
Multiple (5)
This classroom based course is designed for individuals involved in the construction industry who need to understand their responsibilities and employment...
Delivering Excellence via Email - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This half day workshop focuses on how to deliver an excellent customer experience via email. You will learn the do's...
Employee Status and employment intermediaries
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
0.5 days
245 GBP
Multiple (6)
This classroom based course is designed to provide payroll managers and individuals an understanding of employment status duties and issues,...
Essential Leadership Practices - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This Essential Leadership Practices course will help delegates understand and appreciate then core skills and practices of effective leaders. It...
Getting The Balance Right - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This hands on course will give delegates the opportunity to take time out from their busy schedules to pause and...
Handling Difficult Conversations Confidently - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course is for anyone who struggles with difficult conversations in the workplace, whether about work related performance, interpersonal skills,...
Harness - Height Safety Equipment Appreciation and Inspection (MOD 1)
HSS Training
         
(1)
0.5 days
150 GBP
Multiple (10)
Course designed for anyone involved in work at height using Personal Fall Protection Equipment....
Holiday and Pay Leave AM
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
0.5 days
245 GBP
Multiple (22)
This Holiday & Pay Leave course provides an overview of the legal requirements and day to day practicalities of handling...
How to Be Great at Telephone Cold Calling - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(5)
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This telephone course is guaranteed to give delegates the confidence to make calls professionally. Demonstrations of live calls will be...
IPAF Harness Use and Inspection
HSS Training
         
(13)
0.5 days
65 GBP
Multiple (22)
Course designed to enable a MEWP Operator to select, inspect and use an appropriate harness and associated equipment safely....
Ladder and Stepladder Inspection - Ladder Association
HSS Training
         
(8)
0.5 days
75 GBP
Multiple (24)
Courses for managers and supervisors who require the knowledge and practical skills to thoroughly inspect and maintain records of ladders...
Ladder and Stepladder User - Ladder Association
HSS Training
         
(17)
0.5 days
75 GBP
Multiple (24)
Courses for operatives & supervisors who require the knowledge & practical skills to work safely with steps and ladders....
Managing High Performance Teams - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This Managing High Performance Teams course will help participants understand and appreciate how to get the most from their teams...
Managing Productive Meetings - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
A common failure in most businesses is often attributed to poor and ineffective meetings. This course identifies the responsibilities of...
Marketing Skills Masterclass - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(4)
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
Top tips in the best practices in marketing are divulged. Participants have an opportunity to discuss their marketing methods and strategies...
Master class in Brushing up your CV Writing and interview Skills - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course is suitable for those applying for their first job, those looking for a change of career or those...
Masterclass in Being more Assertive and Confident in the Workplace - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
By being more Assertive more of the time you will become more effective in your job. People will be more...
Masterclass in Handling Incoming Telephone Calls - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(7)
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course analyses typical customer frustrations and how to deal with awkward situations. It teaches professional telephone techniques from how...
Masterclass in Interpreting Financial Statements - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
The aim of this half day course is to offer practical experience in reading financial statements enabling relevant interpretation and...
Masterclass in Management Skills - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This short course is designed to introduce participants to the essential skills required for effective team management. The course defines...
Masterclass in Managing Your Time More Effectively - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This half day course is aimed at staff members at any level who wish to improve their performance by managing...
Masterclass in Preparing and Delivering Persuasive Presentations - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
Are you nervous about delivering your first presentation? Have you been asked to deliver an important presentation and lack the...
Masterclass In Solving Problems at Work More Creatively - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
Creativity is essential in every organisation that needs to achieve and maintain a competitive edge on their competitors in today's...
Negotiation Skills Masterclass - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(1)
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This is a practical half day Masterclass designed to allow you to review and assess your style of negotiation and...
Occasional Industrial Climber (MOD 3)
HSS Training
0.5 days
162 GBP
Multiple (32)
This Occasional Industrial Climber course is designed for professionals who need to develop their knowledge of how to create and...
Overpayment Recovery Workshop
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
         
(1)
0.5 days
245 GBP
Multiple (3)
Anyone involved in or associated with the payroll function will at some point in their career receive a query or...
Performance Appraisals Masterclass - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(2)
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This is a practical half day Masterclass designed to allow you to review and assess your effectiveness in appraising the...
Performance Coaching - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This Performance Coaching course will help delegates appreciate how coaching can support an individual’s performance and assist them to achieve...
Performance Management in a Nutshell - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course will provide delegates with a broad understanding of the performance management process, from induction through to formal performance...
Project Management Masterclass - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(2)
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This half day course is designed for those who are increasingly undertaking project work in their job roles and have...
Salary Sacrifice
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
         
(3)
0.5 days
245 GBP
Multiple (6)
This training course in Salary Sacrifice discusses the legal and payroll implications of the planning and introduction of salary sacrifice...
Shared Parental Leave and Pay
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
0.5 days
245 GBP
Multiple (22)
Recent changes in the way parental leave is managed and allocated have provided organisations and their employees with more freedom...
Shark Rescue Training (MOD 5b)
HSS Training
0.5 days
Multiple (32)
HSS' Shark Rescue Training is designed to make operatives fully conversant in the use of Shark casualty recovery systems for evacuation...
Statutory Payments: Updates and Challenges
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
0.5 days
245 GBP
Multiple (9)
This is a classroom based training programme on Statutory Payments offered by CIPP. With effect from April 2015, child related...
Steps & Stools
HSS Training
         
(1)
0.5 days
Multiple (32)
Just because you don't make frequent use of a certain type of equipment doesn't mean you shouldn't know how to...
Stress Busters - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(1)
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course will give delegates a range of skills to manage their own stress levels, before during and after potentially...
Winning Ways to Close a Deal - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(5)
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
Everybody involved in sales wants to be seen as professional and sometimes this leads to salespeople not being assertive enough...
Working Productively - Half Day
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This is a practical half day Workshop designed to assess your productivity challenges and the effectiveness of your approaches to...
Abrasive Wheels Setters
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
1 day
260 GBP
Multiple (2)
Under British law, it is legally required that all employers utilising abrasive wheels ensure that all employees are properly trained....
Accident Investigation
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
1 day
260 GBP
Multiple (2)
This RoSPA training course in Accident Investigation will provide delegates with a broad understanding of the techniques and procedures of...
Advanced Closing Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(6)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This advanced closing skills course is specifically designed for more experienced sales people, it reviews the sales process and identifies...
Advanced Customer Service for the Public Sector
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
An inspirational and interactive course that teaches advanced customer service skills that create a pro active customer focus within your...
Advanced Customer Service for the Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Industry
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
An inspirational and interactive course that teaches advanced customer service skills that create a pro active customer focus within your...
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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.