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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.

2 Day In-House Sales Excellence Course
Pareto Law
         
(2)
2 days
Nationwide
This highly interactive sales training focuses on increasing conversion rates, profit margins and overall order values. The end objective is...
3D Studio Max (In-House Workshop)
SquareOne Training
         
(1)
1 day
Nationwide
Autodesk 3D Studio Max, also known as 3ds Max, is a leading 3D computer graphic software frequently used by video game developers, TV...
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...
Absence Management Training - In-House Courses
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(2)
1 day
Nationwide
Absence Management Training - (1 Day In-House Course) As a manager, company owner or hr professional, it’s never been more...
Accelerated Learning for Trainers
Illumine Training
         
(4)
2 days
Worldwide
This engaging, action-packed accelerated workshop from Illumine has helped hundreds of trainers to transform their organisations’ culture of technical training delivery....
Access - Level 1 (In-House)
SquareOne Training
         
(1)
1 day
Nationwide
This course gives those who have little or no experience of working with Microsoft Access a detailed introduction to this...
Access - Level 3 (In-House)
SquareOne Training
         
(3)
Can be customised to 1 or 2 days
Nationwide
This course is aimed at those who wish to learn about the advanced features of Microsoft Access. During this course...
Administration Course
Souters
         
(2)
As required
Nationwide
This business administration course is offered by Souters in the in-house/company specific format. The course can be customised depending upon...
Administrative Assistant Diploma
Pitman Training Group
         
(1)
5 weeks
Multiple (58)
During the course, participants will learn how to use software packages such as Microsoft Office, as well as excellent computer keyboard...
Adobe After Effects: Zero to Hero
Academy Class
         
(1)
1 week
897 GBP
Multiple (3)
This Adobe After Effects Jumpstart: Zero to Hero training course is for those new to After Effects. Working from the beginning,...
Adobe Photoshop ACA: Zero to Hero
Academy Class
         
(6)
1 week
897 GBP
Multiple (3)
Become an Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Adobe Photoshop ACA: Zero to HERO provides you with the concepts and skills to...
Adobe Photoshop Level 2
Insight IT Training
         
(1)
1 day
Nationwide
Designed for professional illustrators and graphic designers looking to leverage the full potential of the Photoshop software, this  Adobe Photoshop Level...
Adobe Premiere Pro ACA: Zero to Hero
Academy Class
         
(3)
5 days
897 GBP
Multiple (3)
Whatever your career path, proven Adobe software expertise will keep you ahead of the curve and help you develop a...
Advanced Field Sales
Maguire Training
         
(1)
2 days
1,750 GBP
Nationwide
Delegates will learn how to maximise every sales opportunity within their location. In a tough competitive sales environment the well...
Advanced Listening Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(8)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
There are many reasons why people struggle to listen effectively. These include: Believing that the only way to put their...
Advanced Telephone Sales
Maguire Training
         
(1)
2 days
1,750 GBP
Nationwide
The delegates will learn how to sell even more successfully over the telephone. This programme is for telephone sales professionals...
Advanced VBA
Wise Owl
         
(1)
2 days
Nationwide
Skills VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) are a great asset when working intensely with Microsoft Office products. Specifically designed for...
Advancing Negotiation Skills
Scotwork UK Ltd
         
(8)
2.5 days
2,225 GBP
Multiple (3)
The unique Scotwork method is based upon an understanding that all negotiations have an underlying structure. Scotwork calls this the...
AIX Basics
StayAhead Training
         
(5)
3 days
1,100 GBP
Multiple (6)
S7 AIX Basics Course Overview This IBM AIX Operating System training course introduces the delegate to the main concepts of...
AIX Fundamentals
StayAhead Training
         
(9)
5 days
1,645 GBP
Multiple (6)
S7 AIX Fundamentals Course Overview IBM AIX Operating System and Korn Shell Programming training course introduces the delegate to the...
AIX Shell Programming
StayAhead Training
         
(2)
2 days
820 GBP
Multiple (6)
S5 AIX Shell Programming Course Overview IBM AIX Korn Shell Programming training course is designed to give delegates practical experience...
An Introduction to Effective Project Management
Hemsley Fraser
         
(3)
2 days
969 GBP
Multiple (4)
Through this highly practical two-day introductory course participants will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a range...
Application of Quality Management Tools (In-house)
LEORON Professional Development Institute
         
(1)
5 days
4,190 USD
Worldwide
This training class will demonstrate to attendees how the implementation of the tools of Quality supports contemporary Quality Management Systems, such...
Appraisal skills (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(2)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers. The delegates will participate...
Assertiveness and Confidence Building In-house Training
Best Foot Forward Training
         
(3)
1 day
895 GBP
Nationwide
Being confident and assertive is reflected the everyday behaviour and communication of professionals and helps them make the most of their...
Assertiveness at Work
MPW Learning
         
(1)
2 days
Nationwide
This highly practical two-day training course is designed to provide professionals with the assertiveness and negotiation skills required to become...
Assertiveness at work (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(2)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers. The delegates will undertake...
Basic Excel Course
Woodthorpe IT Solutions
         
(8)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
Delivered at your office this practical training course has been designed to give up to 8 attendees a good foundation...
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...
Bespoke Excel Training Course
Souters
         
(9)
As required
Nationwide
This is company-specific Excel training course designed by Souters to cater to the specific needs of the organisation and its...
Bespoke In-House Contract Law and Negotiation Training
Devant Limited
         
(1)
Tailored to your requirements
Nationwide
Devant's in-house bespoke training is the perfect solution for organisations who need to focus employee training on the specific issues...
Bespoke Leadership Programme
Techniques For Change Ltd
         
(2)
Custom
Nationwide
Techniques for Change's Bespoke Leadership Programmes offer teams, companies and organisations a custom-made alternative to traditional open courses in leadership....
Better Communication Skills at Work
Hemsley Fraser
         
(1)
2 days
999 GBP
Multiple (2)
This challenging, practical and insightful two-day course explores the communication techniques required to achieve positive results through work interactions. The critical...
Bid and Tender Writing
Emphasis Training Limited
         
(2)
1 day
Nationwide
This in-house course will cover best practice in bid and tender writing. Writing invitations to tender (ITT), requests for proposal (RFP)...
BRC Internal Auditor
IQMS
         
(3)
2 days
550 GBP
Multiple (8)
This BRC Internal Auditor course from IQMS is structured as a mixture of workshop led discussions, practical activities and PowerPoint...
BTEC Safer People Handling Trainers (Level 4)
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
         
(1)
4 days
995 GBP
Multiple (3)
This BTEC accreditation course is the first of its kind in terms of training in Safer People Handling and continues...
Building a high-performing team
Masters in Minds
         
(1)
3 days
1,485 GBP
Multiple (2)
This training course will give you the insights and skills to develop the performance and efficiency of your team. The...
Building and Leading High Performing Teams - In-house
Paramount Learning Ltd
         
(2)
2 days
2,250 GBP
Nationwide
This 2-day Building and Leading High Performance Teams (In-House Training) programme principally aims to offer participants with assistance in exploring varying...
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...
Business Development
Bigrock People Performance Solutions
         
(3)
1 or 2 days
Nationwide
The Business Development course from Bigrock People Performance Solutions is designed to focus on the skills needed to identify, engage and...
Business Relationship Management
Thomson Reuters Foundation
         
(1)
Bespoke
3,000 GBP
Worldwide
Organisations are only able to succeed when their people cooperate and collaborate. Professional relationships can be undermined or complicated in...
Business writing (You'll be happy or we won't invoice you)
Training Works
         
(2)
1 day
500 GBP
Nationwide
This cost effective, enjoyable, interactive program allows you to choose the most important modules for your managers. The delegates will undertake...
Certificate in HR Development & Talent Management (In-house)
LEORON Professional Development Institute
         
(1)
5 days
4,190 USD
Worldwide
In today's talent-dependent world, the strategic management of talent is no longer an option, but a vital requirement. Through this...
Certificate in Leadership Thinking: Strategic, Future, Design, Systemic, Analytical, Innovation & Creative Thinking (In-house)
LEORON Professional Development Institute
         
(1)
5 days
4,190 USD
Worldwide
As the speed of change in organisations accelerates globally, the abilities of leaders to solve problems has become an increasingly...
Certified Human Resource Manager (In-House)
LEORON Professional Development Institute
         
(3)
5 days
4,190 USD
Worldwide
This programme will guide your staff in creating and maintaining Human Resources “best practice” within your organisation. Facilitators will work...
Certified IFRS Specialist (In-House)
LEORON Professional Development Institute
         
(1)
5 days
4,190 USD
Worldwide
This programme equips your staff with critical knowledge on continually updating IFRS standards. It provides insight into how the standards...
Certified in Financial Planning and Analysis (In-House)
LEORON Professional Development Institute
         
(1)
5 days
4,190 USD
Worldwide
This intensive 5-day in-company seminar which will review all key topics which define the five knowledge domains outlined in AFP’s...
Certified Internal Auditor® - Part 3 (In-House)
LEORON Professional Development Institute
         
(1)
5 days
4,190 USD
Worldwide
The Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of current internal auditing practices and understanding of internal audit...
Certified International Change Manager (In-House)
LEORON Professional Development Institute
         
(3)
5 days
4,190 USD
Worldwide
This in-house course is delivered to your company by best-selling change management author, trainer and consultant equips participants with the...
Certified Management Accountant - part 1 - Review (In-house)
LEORON Professional Development Institute
         
(1)
5 days
4,190 USD
Worldwide
This comprehensive five-day course will help prepare participants to pass both parts of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination. The programme material...
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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.