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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.

Communication for Managers
Thomson Reuters Foundation
         
(375)
Bespoke
3,000 GBP
Worldwide
One of the key skills shared by all of the best managers is the ability to communicate effectively. Managers need...
Advanced Certificate for the Executive Assistant: ACEA™
BMTG (UK) Ltd
         
(323)
5 days
 
Multiple (15)
formerly known as The Advanced Certificate for the Executive Personal Assistant: ACEPA™  International Certification ON-SITE / IN-HOUSE TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE...
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Results Driven Group
         
(228)
2 hr bitesize training sessions, maximum 3 per day
 
Nationwide
In-house training enables organisations to train large groups of employees with maximum convenience and minimum cost. This in-house training package...
Oracle SQL
StayAhead Training
         
(161)
3 days
1,350 GBP
Multiple (7)
S10 Oracle SQL Course Overview The Oracle SQL course is designed to give delegates practical experience in writing SQL statements...
Team Building for Managers - Bespoke In-House Training
Results Driven Group
         
(144)
2 days
 
Nationwide
Overview: Being able to develop your team is a fundamental skill needed to be an effective manager. Come on this...
Basic Reservoir Engineering - BR
PetroSkills
         
(76)
5 days
3,900 USD
Multiple (7)
Basic Reservoir Engineering is a course designed to help the participants develop a more complete understanding of the characteristics of...
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
100% Effective Ltd
         
(75)
2 days
 
Nationwide
Lean Six Sigma is an approach to business improvement that focuses on data to resolve problems in order to improve...
Advanced Dynamic Office Management & Administration
London Corporate Training Ltd
         
(67)
2 weeks
 
Worldwide
This  Advanced Dynamic Office Management & Administration  training programme is designed to provide delegates with a comprehensive overview of the key...
Linux Fundamentals
StayAhead Training
         
(66)
5 days
1,775 GBP
Multiple (6)
S9 Linux Fundamentals Course Overview This Linux Operating System and Bash Shell Programming training course introduces the delegate to the...
Gas Conditioning and Processing - G-4
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10 days
8,670 USD
Multiple (10)
The Campbell Gas Course (R) has been the standard of the industry for more than 47 years. Over 36,600 engineers...
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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...
Time Management for Personal Effectiveness
Illumine Training
         
(63)
0.5 days
 
Worldwide
Manage time more effectively and work more efficiently with practical strategies and options. Essential, but often overlooked skills to help...
Cross Cultural Communication
Thomson Reuters Foundation
         
(62)
Bespoke
3,000 GBP
Worldwide
The world has become globalised and this has increased the demand for communication skills. Today, one must think, speak and act beyond...
PTT Train the Trainer (ILM)
Target Training Associates
         
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2 days
695 GBP
Multiple (17)
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UNIX Introduction
StayAhead Training
         
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3 days
1,175 GBP
Multiple (6)
S8 UNIX Introduction Course Overview This Unix Operating System training course introduces the delegate to the main concepts of the...
Leadership Management Training Course
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2 days
875 GBP
Multiple (6)
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5 days
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10 days
990 GBP
Multiple (10)
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Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
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(51)
6 days
 
Nationwide
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(51)
5 days
2,600 GBP
Nationwide
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(50)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
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StayAhead Training
         
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2 days
895 GBP
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PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner
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(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 cities across...
Completions and Workovers - CAW
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5 days
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Multiple (8)
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Advanced Financial Analysis
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(45)
2 weeks
 
Worldwide
Participants in this programme will learn to go beyond the description of financial performance to calculate and interpret key information....
NLP Leadership Certificate | Neuro-linguistic Programming For Managers | ILM Endorsed & INLPta Certified
Hill Training Ltd
         
(45)
2 days
1,798 GBP
Nationwide
This programme provides you with the rudiments of NLP technology. Over two-days, you explore how to use groundbreaking NLP tools...
NLP Leadership Diploma | Neuro-linguistic Programming For Managers | ILM Endorsed & INLPta Certified
Hill Training Ltd
         
(45)
4 days
 
Nationwide
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Illumine Training
         
(45)
1 day
 
Worldwide
Make an impact through clarity of outcomes and powerful messaging Reduce preparation time significantly by using mind maps to plan...
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(45)
5 days
1,775 GBP
Multiple (6)
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StayAhead Training
         
(44)
3 days
1,175 GBP
Multiple (6)
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Personal Development Training Course
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(44)
2 days
875 GBP
Multiple (7)
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PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(44)
1 day
450 GBP
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This Train the Trainer course has been designed to empower managers to assist and guide their team to their stated...
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Results Driven Group
         
(43)
To suit client need
 
Nationwide
The Results Driven Group Team - we are all experts in our own field and are part of the group because...
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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...
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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...
Communicating With Persuasion™ | Communication Skills For Senior Managers | ILM Endorsed
Hill Training Ltd
         
(41)
1 day
499 GBP
Multiple (7)
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Hill Training Ltd
         
(41)
0.5 days
599 GBP
Nationwide
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Hill Training Ltd
         
(41)
0.5 days
599 GBP
Nationwide
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Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(41)
1 day
 
Nationwide
Boost Your Telesales Performance Looking to sell more successfully over the telephone by closing more sales? Your sales team will...
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Hill Training Ltd
         
(39)
0.5 days
599 GBP
Nationwide
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Advanced Strategic Human Resources Management
London Corporate Training Ltd
         
(37)
2 weeks
 
Worldwide
This advanced in-house training series in Strategic Human Resources Management has been designed to enable participants to develop their HR...
Management & Leadership - Bespoke In-House Training
Results Driven Group
         
(37)
To suit client need
 
Nationwide
Bespoke Management and Leadership Development for your team from the Results Driven Group  Overview: Moving from Managing to Leading - should...
Practical Project Management (2 day course)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(35)
2 days
900 GBP
Multiple (7)
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People Management
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(33)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
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Senior Secretaries and Personal Assistants' Programme
London Corporate Training Ltd
         
(33)
1 week
 
Worldwide
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PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(32)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
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Administering Red Hat Linux 7 - Part 1
StayAhead Training
         
(31)
5 days
1,525 GBP
Multiple (6)
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Communication Skills Training - In-House Courses
Live And Learn Consultancy
         
(31)
1 day
 
Multiple (33)
This 1 day Communication Skills Course provides your team with a powerful insight into how effective communication works. You will...
Managing Defiant Teams™ | Interpersonal And Conflict Management Skills For Senior Managers | ILM Endorsed
Hill Training Ltd
         
(31)
1 day
499 GBP
Multiple (7)
Our interpersonal and conflict management skills course helps you to earn team compliance, foster loyal relationships, cultivate an empathetic attitude,...
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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.