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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.

CITB - Temporary Works Co-ordinator
HSS Training
2 days
0 GBP
Multiple (15)
Course designed to assist those on site who have responsibility for managing all forms of temporary works....
Customer Service Apprenticeship - Funded
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(1)
12 months
0 GBP
Multiple (20)
Perfect for individuals or teams, this government funded Level 3 Customer Service Apprenticeship is a great opportunity for those seeking...
Customer Service Level 2 NVQ - In-House
Live And Learn Consultancy
12 months
0 GBP
Multiple (27)
Perfect for Managers, supervisors and all employees with customer service duties seeking to gain an accredited qualification that's nationally recognised....
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...
Team Leading NVQ Level 2 - Funded Leadership Qualification
Live And Learn Consultancy
12 months
0 GBP
Multiple (26)
As a manager, team leader or supervisors, you may have the experience however you do not hold any relevant leadership...
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 (23)
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 (12)
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 (23)
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...
Principles of Manual Handling - City & Guilds
HSS Training
0.5 days
75 GBP
Multiple (14)
Designed for those who carry out manual handling at work, providing essential information about manual handling hazards and their control....
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 (11)
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the hazards and risks posed by asbestos....
IOSH - Working Safely
HSS Training
1 day
95 GBP
Multiple (43)
This course is designed to ensure employees within an organisation understand their health and safety responsibilities in the workplace....
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....
Working Near or Adjacent to DC Conductor Rails (DCCR) - Initial
HSS Training
1 day
102 GBP
Multiple (10)
A track safety course providing the underpinning knowledge required to safely carry out work in a DCCR environment in line...
Emergency First Aid at Work (Level 3)
Spire Training Services
1 day
120 GBP
Nationwide
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require all employers to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate...
Health and Safety in the Workplace (Level 2)
Spire Training Services
1 day
120 GBP
Nationwide
This regulated and nationally recognised qualification provides Learners with the opportunity to develop their awareness of health and safety, including...
Electrical Safety Awareness
Centrica Business Solutions
1 day
125 GBP
Multiple (5)
This course is aimed at those who require an awareness of the dangers of electricity, and the basic principles for...
Charities Update - What's New (ICAS)
BPP Professional Education
3 hours
108 GBP
Aberdeen
This annual update is designed to equip charity advisers, trustees and charity finance staff with what they need to know...
Preparation & Audit of Charity Accounts (ICAS)
BPP Professional Education
3 hours
108 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 (4)
Course designed as a refresher to train staff to correctly determine their roles and responsibilites when undertaking Points Operator duties....
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...
Health and Safety in the Workplace - City & Guilds
HSS Training
1 day
150 GBP
Glasgow
Designed to ensure that all employees are aware of their own safety and the safety of customers, contractors and the...
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...
IOSH Working Safely
Spire Training Services
1 day
150 GBP
Nationwide
A course for people at any level, in any sector, that will boost business performance and staff motivation. How? Simply...
Motor Principles
Centrica Business Solutions
1 day
150 GBP
Multiple (6)
'Normally taken as an extension to the three-day Basic Electrical course, this course focuses on the theory and practical issues...
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
 
128 GBP
Edinburgh
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Contractor Tax (including IR35) (ICAS)
BPP Professional Education
3 hours
128 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
128 GBP
Edinburgh
This half-day course is designed to allow attendees to explore the tax landscape for UK arrivers and leavers....
Corporate Finance – Introduction to Capital Raising (ICAS)
BPP Professional Education
3 hours
128 GBP
Edinburgh
Through a combination of lecturing, discussion and practical examples, this course aims to familiarise you with the various stages of...
Cradle to Grave - Tax Planning for Individuals & Families (ICAS)
BPP Professional Education
3 hours
128 GBP
Edinburgh
This practical course reviews the latest tax planning opportunities for individuals and families and gives topical ideas on how to...
Directors Conduct Reporting (ICAS)
BPP Professional Education
3 hours
128 GBP
Edinburgh
This course will aid you in discussions with directors about risk before and during the corporate insolvency process....
Essential Tax Update for the Accountant in Practice or Employment (ICAS)
BPP Professional Education
3 hours
128 GBP
Edinburgh
This course is designed to be an update on the developments in tax that busy accountants, who are either in...
Farming, Diversification & Renewables (ICAS)
BPP Professional Education
3 hours
128 GBP
Aberdeen
This course is an update and refresher on the taxation of farming in the UK and a review of the...
Fraud, Money Laundering & Bribery (ICAS)
BPP Professional Education
3 hours
128 GBP
Aberdeen
Fraud, money laundering and bribery continue to be areas of focus affecting all accountants in their day to day work...
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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.