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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.

Advanced Customer Service Qualification - Funded
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(1)
12 months
0 GBP
Multiple (20)
Perfect for individuals or teams, this funded Level 3 Customer Service NVQ is a great opportunity for those seeking to...
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...
Communicating Effectively
LaPD Solutions
         
(4)
1 day
0 GBP
Nationwide
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” - George Bernard Shaw. We communicate every...
Customer Service Level 2 - Funded Qualifications
Live And Learn Consultancy
12 months
0 GBP
Multiple (27)
Perfect for Managers, Supervisors and all employees with customer service duties. The latest government-funded customer service qualifications are aimed at...
Emotional Intelligence and Me
LaPD Solutions
         
(3)
1 day Workshop or 2 day Course.
0 GBP
Nationwide
Emotion and Intelligence is one of the most powerful yet underrated management tools that exists. Having the ability to apply...
"Interactive" Presentation Skills
LaPD Solutions
         
(13)
1 day Workshop or 2 day Course.
0 GBP
Nationwide
This course from LaPD Solutions gives the fundamental skills required to deliver a professional presentation. However, it focuses on how we can...
LaPD Certified Coach
LaPD Solutions
         
(7)
1 day Workshop or 2 day Course.
0 GBP
Nationwide
This course helps those who offer classroom, workplace (including ad hoc) coaching to help improve existing skills, knowledge, understanding and...
LaPD Certified Trainer
LaPD Solutions
         
(13)
1, 2, 3 or 5 days
0 GBP
Nationwide
Subject Matter Experts (SME's) are exactly that, they are experts at what they do. We do not question their knowledge...
Leadership and Me
LaPD Solutions
         
(5)
1 day
0 GBP
Nationwide
LaPD's Leadership in Me workshop is designed to help individuals discuss various aspects around leadership and finally make some well...
Management Level 3 NVQ - Funded Qualifications
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(1)
12 - 18 months
0 GBP
Multiple (26)
As a manager you have the opportunity to lead, supervise, and motivate your team to ensure their full potential is...
Managing My Day
LaPD Solutions
         
(2)
1 day
0 GBP
Nationwide
This time management course from LaPD Solutions is designed to give participants the chance to think about how they currently manage...
Managing Performance
LaPD Solutions
         
(3)
1 day
0 GBP
Nationwide
LaPD Solutions believes that managing employee performance is one of the biggest challenges that a manager will have to deal...
Meeting Management
LaPD Solutions
         
(6)
1 day
0 GBP
Nationwide
One of the most expensive processes that exist in business organisations, meetings are often so much longer and expensive than...
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....
The "Moccasin" Manager
LaPD Solutions
         
(7)
1, 2 or 3 days
0 GBP
Nationwide
LaPD Solutions believe that as managers we must truly engage with our workers. We must have organisational needs and people...
Venetian Marble Plastering (Polished Plastering) DVD Tutorial
Decorative Plastering UK
         
(1)
DVD Tutorial
16 GBP
Nationwide
This new Venetian Marble Plastering - Polished Plastering Online Course on DVD covers all the procedures using 3 coat application...
Venetian Marble Plastering (Polished Plastering) DVD Tutorial
Goldtrowel Plastering and Venetian Marble Plastering Courses
DVD Tutorial
16 GBP
Nationwide
This new Venetian Marble Plastering - Polished Plastering Online Course on DVD covers all the procedures using 3 coat application...
Ladder and Stepladder Inspection - Ladder Association
HSS Training
         
(9)
0.5 days
25 GBP
Multiple (24)
Courses for managers and supervisors who require the knowledge and practical skills to thoroughly inspect and maintain records of ladders...
Care Certificate Programme
The Skills Network
12 weeks
25 GBP
Multiple (2)
The Skills Network’s Care Certificate Programme is an innovative e-learning solution, which will help ensure all new and existing health...
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....
Fit Testing of Respiratory Protective Equipment
HSS Training
Half day or full day
35 GBP
Multiple (32)
This course was developed to equip participants with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to successfully undertake Face Fit...
Child Safety in the Home
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
1 day
64 GBP
Multiple (4)
The majority of accidents involving children occur in the home versus any other location. With proper training and rpeventative measures,...
Older People Safety in the Home
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
1 day
64 GBP
Multiple (3)
As age increases, so does an individual's risk for accidents and injury in the home. With preventative measures, these types...
Abrasive Wheels
HSS Training
         
(16)
0.5 days
65 GBP
Multiple (14)
This course is designed for operators of hand held equipment that requires a fitment of an abrasive wheel or grinding...
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....
Ladder and Stepladder User - Ladder Association
HSS Training
         
(28)
0.5 days
75 GBP
Multiple (24)
Courses for operatives & supervisors who require the knowledge & practical skills to work safely with steps and ladders....
Site Safety Plus - Health & Safety Awareness
HSS Training
         
(12)
1 day
75 GBP
Multiple (29)
This course is designed for site workers to help understand the potential hazards faced when working on a construction or...
PASMA - Mobile Access Tower for Users
HSS Training
         
(20)
1 day
77 GBP
Multiple (27)
This course is designed for anyone who has a need to erect, dismantle and inspect mobile access towers safely....
UKPIA / SPA Petrol Retail Contractors Safety Passport (Refresher) Petrol Update
HSS Training
1 day
81 GBP
Multiple (11)
Designed as a refresher course for contractors working on petrol station forecourts who have an existing Safety Passport nearing expiry....
Asbestos - Awareness (UKATA)
HSS Training
0.5 days
85 GBP
Multiple (12)
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the hazards and risks posed by asbestos....
Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work
First Response Training & Consultancy Services Ltd
1 day
95 GBP
Multiple (7)
The Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work is a full day training course from First Response Training...
Lookout Initial / Site Warden
HSS Training
1 day
97 GBP
Multiple (10)
Course designed to train delegates to act as Lookout / Site Warden when required by a COSS as part of...
Choosing and Using Home Safety Equipment
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
1 day
99 GBP
Multiple (2)
In order for an environmental safety change, such as the installation of home safety equipment, to be most effective, it...
Introduction to Home Safety
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
1 day
99 GBP
Multiple (2)
Home accidents are not only potentially devastating, but can be prevented with the application of well-trained voluntary and professional practitioners....
Principles of Manual Handling - City & Guilds
HSS Training
0.5 days
102 GBP
Multiple (14)
Designed for those who carry out manual handling at work, providing essential information about manual handling hazards and their control....
Working Near or Adjacent to DC Conductor Rails (DCCR) - Initial
HSS Training
1 day
102 GBP
Multiple (11)
A track safety course providing the underpinning knowledge required to safely carry out work in a DCCR environment in line...
PASMA - Towers for Managers
HSS Training
         
(19)
1 day
128 GBP
Multiple (2)
Designed to ensure that work at height using mobile access towers is properly planned and organised and that those involved...
Charities Update - What's New (ICAS)
BPP Professional Education
3 hours
135 GBP
Aberdeen
This annual update is designed to equip charity advisers, trustees and charity finance staff with what they need to know...
IOSH - Working Safely
HSS Training
1 day
135 GBP
Multiple (41)
This course is designed to ensure employees within an organisation understand their health and safety responsibilities in the workplace....
Preparation & Audit of Charity Accounts (ICAS)
BPP Professional Education
3 hours
135 GBP
Aberdeen
Appreciate the key features of the regulatory and legal framework applying to Scottish charities, including the requirement for audit and...
Points Operator Initial
HSS Training
1 day
141 GBP
Multiple (6)
Course designed to train staff to correctly determine their roles and responsibilities when undertaking Points Operator duties....
Points Operator Recert
HSS Training
1 day
141 GBP
Multiple (5)
Course designed as a refresher to train staff to correctly determine their roles and responsibilites when undertaking Points Operator duties....
IPAF (Single) Static Boom (1b) - Operator
HSS Training
         
(20)
1 day
145 GBP
Multiple (4)
IPAF Operator course with practical training session and assessment covering powered access product - Static Boom (1b)....
UKPIA / SPA Petrol Retail Contractors Safety Passport
HSS Training
         
(5)
2 days
146 GBP
Multiple (12)
This course is designed to provide an understanding of general health & safety including specific hazards associated with working in...
CCNSG Safety Passport ECITB
HSS Training
2 days
150 GBP
Multiple (3)
Safety Passport Scheme designed to ensure a basic knowledge of health and safety for all personnel working in an engineering...
Client Contractor National Safety Group (CCNSG) Safety Passport Renewal Course
Armada Occupational Safety and Health Ltd
1 day
150 GBP
Nationwide
The Client Contractor National Safety Group (CCNSG) Renewal Course is a one day refresher course for professionals with experience in the...
Engineering Supervisor - Re-Certification
HSS Training
1 day
158 GBP
Multiple (6)
Course designed as a refresher to train staff to set up and manage a worksite within an engineering possession on...
Communication Skills (ICAS)
BPP Professional Education
 
160 GBP
Edinburgh
...
Contractor Tax (including IR35) (ICAS)
BPP Professional Education
3 hours
160 GBP
Edinburgh
Contractors are under pressure as never before in terms of their tax arrangements.Contractors can either adopt an unincorporated form or...
Coping with Residence & Domicile Rules - for Employees & Other Visitors to the UK (ICAS)
BPP Professional Education
3 hours
160 GBP
Edinburgh
This half-day course is designed to allow attendees to explore the tax landscape for UK arrivers and leavers....
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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.