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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.

Industry Common Induction (ICI)
HSS Training
0.2 days
25 GBP
Multiple (8)
The ICI provides staff with a health and safety induction for working in construction sites, rail depots and station maintenance....
Abrasive Wheels
HSS Training
         
(16)
0.5 days
65 GBP
Multiple (15)
This course is designed for operators of hand held equipment that requires a fitment of an abrasive wheel or grinding...
Abrasive Wheels - In-house Training
HSS Training
         
(6)
0.5 days
Nationwide
This intensive half-day bespoke training session will enable participants to explore the current legislation related to the operation of abrasive...
AIM Regulation
London Stock Exchange Group Academy
0.5 days
Nationwide
AIM is the London Stock Exchange’s market for smaller, companies that are growing. The AIM is currently the most successful...
Apprenticeship Levy and Funding
Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
0.5 days
255 GBP
Multiple (4)
This half-day course from CIPP is designed to help participants understand the Apprenticeship Levy funding system, and how to calculate...
Asbestos - Awareness (UKATA)
HSS Training
0.5 days
85 GBP
Multiple (11)
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the hazards and risks posed by asbestos....
Asbestos Awareness (UKATA) - In-house Training
HSS Training
0.5 days
Nationwide
This intensive training session, covering asbestos legislation and health & safety best practice, is accredited by UKATA and delivered by...
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 Friendly Finance - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
Nationwide
This course is aimed at non financial managers and others in positions where an understanding of finance will help them...
Communicating Effectively - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This Communicating Effectively course will help delegates understand and appreciate how communication determines success or failure. It will highlight key...
Communicating Effectively - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
Nationwide
This Communicating Effectively course will help participants understand and appreciate how communication determines success or failure. It will highlight key communication...
Competent Person Practical Inspection and Record Keeping (MOD 7) - In-house Training
HSS Training
0.5 days
Nationwide
This Competent Person Practical Inspection and Record Keeping course is designed for professionals whose role involves examining harnesses and lanyards...
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...
Connecting and Communicating - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
Nationwide
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 status...
CRD Kit Harness Rescue (MOD 5c) - In-house Training
HSS Training
0.5 days
Nationwide
HSS' CRD Kit Harness Rescue in-house course will enable participants to rescue casualties who have fallen from tower cranes using the Gotcha...
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...
Effective Communication with NLP
Illumine Training
         
(2)
0.5 days
Worldwide
Effective communication skills for all… This course is not about NLP training; it’s about refining the communication process by making...
Emotional Intelligence
Illumine Training
         
(8)
0.5 days
Worldwide
Emotional Intelligence Training – developing the ability to harness and manage emotions – has been identified as a key leadership skill....
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, employment...
Energy and Well-being
Illumine Training
         
(3)
0.5 days
Worldwide
With fewer people doing more work, each person needs to have the energy for the long journey of continuous change....
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...
Essential Leadership Practices - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
Nationwide
This Essential Leadership Practices course will help delegates understand and appreciate then core skills and practices of effective leaders. It...
Facilitated Forum Theatre
Global Edge
         
(5)
0.5 days
3,850 GBP
Nationwide
The Facilitated Forum Theatre is a highly interactive and engaging session which revolves around practical actions rather than theory. The session pushes participants...
Generating Ideas
Illumine Training
         
(1)
0.5 days
Worldwide
Practical idea generation for everyone Do you ever find yourself needing to generate ideas quickly? Perhaps you have a new...
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 reflect...
Getting The Balance Right - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
Nationwide
This hands-on course will give delegates the opportunity to take time out from their busy schedules to pause and reflect...
Gotcha Kit Harness Rescue (MOD 5a) - In-house Training
HSS Training
0.5 days
Nationwide
This in-house Gotcha Kit Harness Rescue course gives operatives the skills necessary to rescue casualties who have fallen from elevated platforms...
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, personal...
Handling Difficult Conversations Confidently - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
Nationwide
This course is for anyone who struggles with difficult conversations in the workplace, whether about work-related performance, interpersonal skills, personal...
Harness - Height Safety Equipment Appreciation and Inspection (MOD 1) - In-house Training
HSS Training
0.5 days
Nationwide
This in-house Height Safety Equipment Appreciation and Inspection course instructs professionals in the correct use of Personal Fall Protection Equipment...
Harness - Rooftop Safety / Work Restraint (MOD 6) - In-house Training
HSS Training
0.5 days
Nationwide
This in-house Harness - Rooftop Safety / Work Restraint course aims to equip professionals with the safety knowledge needed to perform...
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 leave and...
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 made...
How to Be Great at Telephone Cold Calling - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
Nationwide
This telephone course is guaranteed to give delegates the confidence to make calls professionally. Demonstrations of live-calls will be made...
Improve your Memory
Illumine Training
         
(5)
0.5 days
Worldwide
Memory training is about giving you the skills necessary to be able to consistently recall key information at the right...
In House Training - Do you have the right organisational culture?
Corporate Training Partnerships
0.5 days
Nationwide
This highly interactive training course in Organisational Development is designed to enable those responsible for establishing or influencing culture in...
Influencing Skills
Make Yourself
0.5 days
Nationwide
A brief but intensive half-day programme, this Influencing Skills course is designed to equip your staff with the skills needed...
Introduction to Lean: In-House Training
IIL Europe
0.5 days
Scotland
Orbital Training & Consulting delivers this training course in-house at your location for groups of 10 or more delegates. In-House...
Introduction to Moving and Handling
British Red Cross First Aid Training
0.5 days
Nationwide
This Introduction to Moving and Handling course will provide your staff with an overview of the basic moving and handling techniques necessary,...
IPAF Harness Use and Inspection
HSS Training
         
(13)
0.5 days
65 GBP
Multiple (18)
Course designed to enable a MEWP Operator to select, inspect and use an appropriate harness and associated equipment safely....
IPAF Harness Use and Inspection - In-house Training
HSS Training
0.5 days
Nationwide
This IPAF Harness Use and Inspection in-house course instructs professionals working with MEWPs (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms) in the correct selection,...
IPAF Push Around Vertical Operator - In-house Training
HSS Training
0.5 days
Nationwide
This IPAF Push Around Vertical (PAV) Operator course instructs participants in the safe operation of Push Around Vertical Platforms (PAV). Suitable...
Ladder & Stepladder Inspection - In-house Training
HSS Training
         
(23)
0.5 days
Nationwide
This Ladder & Stepladder Inspection in-house course provides supervisors and managers with the knowledge and practical tools needed to conduct thorough...
Ladder & Stepladder User - In-house Training
HSS Training
         
(16)
0.5 days
Nationwide
This Ladder & Stepladder User course delivers the knowledge and practical expertise required by professionals who regularly work at height...
Ladder and Stepladder Inspection - Ladder Association
HSS Training
         
(9)
0.5 days
25 GBP
Multiple (23)
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
         
(28)
0.5 days
75 GBP
Multiple (23)
Courses for operatives & supervisors who require the knowledge & practical skills to work safely with steps and ladders....
Learning To Learn
Making Business Matter
         
(1)
0.5 days
Nationwide
Participants will be able to: Understand how and why new skills are lost and how to overcome that challenge. Understand...
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 delegates understand and appreciate how to get the most from their teams...
Managing High Performance Teams - In-house Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
Nationwide
This Managing High Performance Teams course will help participants understand and appreciate how to get the most from their teams...
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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.