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.

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Advanced Certificate for the Executive Personal Assistant (ACEPA™)
Business Management Training Group Ltd
         
(176)
5 days
2,199 GBP
Multiple (15)
The Advanced Certificate for the Executive Personal Assistant (ACEPA™)  International Certification This Advanced Certificate for the Executive Personal Assistant (ACEPA™)...
Finance For Non-Finance Managers
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(64)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Many business decisions are made which are based on, or have a major impact on, the finances. The aim of...
Introduction to Management and Supervisory Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(64)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This introduction to management and supervisory skills course is designed to help delegates understand the initial skills and responsibilities that...
PTT Train the Trainer (ILM)
Target Training Associates
         
(60)
2 days
695 GBP
Multiple (11)
Becoming skilled in any professional sector isn't easy, but learning how to impart these skills to others in an effective...
ISO 9001 Internal Auditor
Bywater
         
(59)
2 days
745 GBP
Multiple (11)
BywaterExcel's highly interactive and practical course is designed to develop delegates' skills to apply the ISO 9001 process audit principles...
ISO 9001 Lead Auditor
Bywater
         
(51)
5 days
1,295 GBP
Multiple (12)
BywaterExcel's IRCA approved five day course develops skills and knowledge of auditing quality management systems to third party standards.  You will learn...
Assertiveness & Building Personal Confidence
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(50)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Assertiveness Training – This assertiveness and building personal confidence programme helps participants understand why it is sometimes hard to refuse demands...
PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner
Focus on Training
         
(48)
5 days
795 GBP
Multiple (30)
This  PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner  training programme is an open course offered by Focus on Training available in over 20...
Train the Trainer (one day course)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(44)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This Train the Trainer course has been designed to empower managers to assist and guide their team to their stated...
ISO 17025 Internal Auditor
Bywater
         
(43)
2 days
845 GBP
Multiple (5)
This two day course is designed to increase participants’ understanding of auditing techniques against the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 for...
ITIL Foundation
Focus on Training
         
(43)
3 days
550 GBP
Multiple (23)
This  ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) Foundation training programme is an open course offered by Focus on Training available in...
Leadership & Management Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(43)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Effective leadership and management is vital for the success of any organisation. The aim of this 1 day course is to...
Closing The Sale & Dealing With Objections
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(41)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This Closing the Sale and Dealing with Objections course reviews the sales process and identifies the appropriate time to apply...
Practical Project Management (2 day course)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(35)
2 days
900 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course is designed for those who need a practical hands on approach to managing projects, without it getting “heavy”....
BCS Business Analysis Foundation
Focus on Training
         
(33)
3 days
795 GBP
Multiple (10)
This  BCS Business Analysis Foundation  training programme is an open course offered by Focus on Training available in cities across...
People Management
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(33)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This people management course is designed for all levels of managers from the new starters to the experienced manager looking...
ISO 9001:2015 Transition Auditor Course
Bywater
         
(32)
2 days
745 GBP
Multiple (12)
This two day interactive and essential ISO 9001 Transition Auditor training course will provide delegates with knowledge of the changes to ISO...
Managing Conflict
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(32)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
The managing conflict course will benefit individuals, teams and the organisation by providing delegates with the understanding and ability to...
Negotiation Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(31)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This negotiation skills course will offer participants the confidence to plan a negotiation strategy and execute it to perfection. Seven...
Time Management
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(31)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Time is a limited resource and it is essential in organisations that the right task is done at the right...
Successful Presentations
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(30)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Building confidence to design and delivery a successful presentation is the emphasis behind this course. This requires an understanding of...
Project Management
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(27)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Most organisations, whether they are in the private or public sector, undertake a certain amount of project work in their...
Essential Management Skills (2 Days)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(26)
2 days
900 GBP
Multiple (7)
This 2 day course aims to give those in their first managerial role a thorough understanding of the role of...
Essential Marketing Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(26)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
The PTP Essential Marketing Skills course goes through the whole process of marketing goods and services, from the creation of...
Managing Appraisals
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(25)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
When performance is measured and reported, the rate of performance improvement accelerates. This course enables appraisers at all levels of...
Personal Effectiveness
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(25)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course is designed for those who wish to improve their level of personal effectiveness in the workplace. It aims...
Generating New Business by Telephone
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(24)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This generating new business by telephone course is guaranteed to give delegates the confidence to make calls professionally. Demonstrations of...
Influencing Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(24)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This is a trainer lead, participant centred course. Attendees participate through discussion of current situation and how to move to...
Communication Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(23)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This communication skills course is aimed at helping people communicate more effectively with customers and colleagues. It will look at the...
Self-Discipline and Emotional Control in the Workplace
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(23)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Managing your emotions under pressure. Does your temper ever get you into trouble? Do you sometimes rub people up the...
Write to the Top! - Professional Report Writing
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(23)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course will help delegates to be competent and confident in their written communication to senior management or important clients....
Successful Interviewing
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(22)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Successful recruitment, and, consequently, higher retention, results from a well planned and effectively managed interview process. This interviewing skills course...
Stress Management
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(21)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
According to a  recent survey by Panorama research, over half of small and medium sized businesses claim stress is an...
ISO 14001 Lead Auditor
Bywater
         
(20)
5 days
1,295 GBP
Multiple (8)
This is a five day course certified by the UK Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment ( IEMA ). BywaterExcel's  training is a recognised qualification...
Speed Reading & Information Management
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(20)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Welcome and introductions What slows you down? Your reading baseline How the eyes work Six techniques for reading faster The...
Credit Control
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(19)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
The aim of this course is to provide managers with an awareness and basic understanding of credit control methods and...
Key Selling Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(19)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
The key selling skills sales training course (also known as Three and half steps to selling) teaches delegates how to...
Introduction to ISO 17025
Bywater
         
(18)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (5)
BywaterExcel's one day interactive and practical foundation course is designed to provide delegates with a good understanding of the laboratory...
Introduction to ISO 9001
Bywater
         
(18)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (11)
As a company moves to a process focused management system, its managers and those that will implement ISO 9001 need a thorough...
ISO 9001 - Internal Auditor
FQM Training
         
(18)
2 days
490 GBP
Multiple (2)
The role of the internal quality auditor is gradually transforming. It is no longer enough just to check the legislative...
Quality Management - ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Course
IQMS
         
(18)
5 days
1,350 GBP
Multiple (8)
This Quality Management ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Course is designed for course delegates whom require in depth comprehension of the...
Winning More Business on the Telephone
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(18)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course is ideal for those who want to improve their follow up calls to maximise sales. It will also...
Dealing with Difficult People
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(17)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This dealing with difficult people course helps identify difficult personality types and how to deal with them effectively and provides...
ISO 14001 Internal Auditor
Bywater
         
(17)
3 days
995 GBP
Multiple (5)
This is a three day internal auditor course approved by the UK Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). BywaterExcel's training is a...
Outstanding Customer Service Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(17)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
An intensive, practical and activity based programme building the delegate's knowledge, skills and the will to support customers, ultimately to...
Advanced Facilitation Skills - (2 Days)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(16)
2 days
900 GBP
Multiple (7)
Inevitably, in any organisation, occasions arise where the method by which consensus can be achieved is not always obvious. Also,...
Core Analysis: Best Practice
Lloyd's Register
         
(16)
5 days
1,950 GBP
Multiple (2)
This intensive Core Analysis: Best Practice   training course in reservoir core analysis will provide participants with a solid grounding...
More Advanced Finance for Non-Finance Managers
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(16)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Managers in all organisations are often faced with decisions to make which are influenced by, or will influence, the financials...
Petroleum Project Economics and Risk Management
MDT International
         
(16)
5 days
2,750 GBP
Multiple (5)
This Petroleum project economics and risk management course is a highly interactive training solution that introduces delegates to a structured...
Building Personal & Professional Confidence
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(15)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course is aimed at anybody who struggles to assert themselves in business or social situations because of a lack...
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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.