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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.

Connecting and Communicating - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This is a practical half day Workshop designed to show you how to communicate and connect effectively by understanding communication...
General Data Protection Regulation: Essentials
The Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing
7 hours
599 GBP
Multiple (4)
This course from the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing is designed to give participants the knowledge of how one-to-one...
Negotiation Skills Masterclass - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(1)
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This is a practical half day Masterclass designed to allow you to review and assess your style of negotiation and...
Professional Writing Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(10)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
The aim of this one-day professional writing skills course is to help participants develop their skills, so that they can...
CIPD Advanced Level 7 Certificate/Diploma in HR Management/HR Development
DPG plc
1 year
3,995 GBP
Multiple (5)
Are you involved in implementing HR strategies and polices? Do you want to gain Chartered membership of the CIPD or...
Adobe InDesign 101: Yellow Belt - Introduction course, 2 days
Academy Class
2 days
397 GBP
Multiple (3)
This course is designed for the beginner or first-time user and provides a thorough grounding in this graphic design program....
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...
Coaching Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(14)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This coaching skills course focuses on how managers develop individuals in their team. Styles of coaching are analysed and practised...
Creativity and Innovation (1 day course)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(1)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
What is creativity and why is it important? Let’s start with the most common misconception, you do not have to...
Creativity and Innovation (2 Day Course)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(1)
2 days
900 GBP
Multiple (7)
This practical, fun and interactive 2 day course is ideal for people who need to use a creative and innovative...
CV Writing and Interview Confidence Building
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(3)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course has been designed to support those who are looking for a new job or those who find themselves...
Enhancing the Visitors Experience
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(7)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
All organisations, whether they are in the private or public sector, want to give their various visitors excellent customer care. ...
Gaining Commitment on the Telephone
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(5)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This telephone training course focuses on incoming and/or outgoing calls whose purpose it is to lead to sales or appointments....
Getting Results
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
All organisations need to set targets against their key business priorities. This course is designed to help businesses establish a...
Introduction to Quality Management
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Introduction to Quality Management. An introductory course to enable supervisors and managers to set and achieve high standards and to...
ISO 9001:2015 - Quality Management Systems Transition Course
SGS Academy
1 day
350 GBP
Multiple (9)
This course from SGS Academy is designed to give participants the ability to understand the differences between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO...
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...
Managing Effective Meetings
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(5)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Managing effective meetings. All too often time and effort is wasted by calling and attending meetings which are not well...
Motivation Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(3)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Motivation is key to any successful people management role; firstly understanding what makes individuals tick, and, secondly, how we can...
Negotiating to a Satisfactory Close
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(4)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
Negotiating to a satisfactory close. A crucial part of the sales process is the negotiation phase, and it is poor...
Negotiation Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(31)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This negotiation skills course will offer delegates the confidence to plan a negotiation strategy and execute it to perfection. Seven...
Negotiation Skills for Buyers
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course helps buyers negotiate better with suppliers and internal customers. The basics of negotiation is covered and tailored to...
Objection Handling Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(4)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
Good objection handling skills are crucial to success in sales and customer care. If a salesperson is unable to come...
Persuasive Presentations - (2 Days)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
2 days
900 GBP
Multiple (7)
A key objective of a presentation is to persuade and convince your audience. This 2-day presentation skills course will help...
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”. It...
Preparing Yourself for Interview
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course is designed for those who are preparing themselves for an interview and who wish to plan to maximise...
Risk Management
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(2)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This risk management course is designed to help delegates understand and assess the risks involved in making management or business...
Selling for Non-Sales Professionals
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(9)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
Professional people in many disciplines find themselves having to sell. The technical specialist to the client, the finance expert to...
Team Building
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(2)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This team building course deals with those aspects which encourage team players to work well together through practical sessions which...
Through the Customers' Eyes
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
Only when we really understand our customers' experiences of our business can we make real improvements to our business practice....
Train the Trainer (2 day course)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(15)
2 days
900 GBP
Multiple (7)
This two-day train the trainer course has been designed to empower managers to assist and guide their team to their...
CIPD Foundation Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in L&D
DPG plc
5 months
1,990 GBP
Multiple (5)
The CIPD Learning and Development Certificate/Diploma is the perfect career entry point If you’re an L&D Administrator or officer or...
CIPD Intermediate Level 5 Certificate/Diploma in HR Management
DPG plc
7 months
2,550 GBP
Multiple (9)
Are you an aspiring or existing HR Manager/Business Partner or are you looking for the next step of your HR...
Exploration and Production Accounting - Level 2
MDT International
         
(11)
5 days
2,750 GBP
Multiple (5)
This five-day Level 2 Exploration and Production Accounting training course is designed to help personnel that have some knowledge of accounting...
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...
MSProject Introduction
PCWorkshops
         
(1)
1 day
275 GBP
Multiple (7)
This is a one day course on Project Management using MS Project. As a result of participating in this one...
Advanced Selling Skills (2 day course)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(12)
2 days
725 GBP
Multiple (7)
This Advanced Selling Skills course covers the science of questions in qualification and advanced objection handling skills with participants expected...
Building Excellent Working Relationships
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(8)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Why is it that there are some people that we just dont seem to hit it off with easily, whilst...
Coaching Skills for Sales Managers
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(2)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course focuses on how sales managers develop individuals in their team. Styles of coaching are analysed and practised in...
Communication Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(23)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This communication skills course is aimed at helping delegates communicate more effectively with customers and colleagues. It will look at...
CQI IRCA ISO 9001 Lead Auditor
WRK Training
5 days
1,095 GBP
Multiple (6)
The 5 day ISO 9001 Lead Auditor course is aimed at senior quality managers that want an understanding of the...
Credit Control
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(19)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Credit Control. The aim of this course is to provide managers with an awareness and basic understanding of credit control...
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...
How to Be Great at Telephone Cold Calling - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(5)
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This telephone course is guaranteed to give delegates the confidence to make calls professionally. Demonstrations of live-calls will be made...
InDesign: Zero to Hero
Academy Class
         
(1)
5 days
897 GBP
Multiple (3)
Imagine being able to create many types of documents ranging from single page advertisements and flyers, to complex multi-page colour....
Leadership Skills Development
Impellus
1 day
599 GBP
Multiple (24)
This one-day training programme examines the natural leadership styles of each participant and allows them to understand the impact they are...
Networking For Success
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(4)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
How many times have you heard yourself or others say: ‘It’s not what you know but who you know’?  Well,...
Performance Appraisals Masterclass - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(2)
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This is a practical half day Masterclass designed to allow you to review and assess your effectiveness in appraising the...
Performance Management
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(6)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
The skills needed to manage employees performance should be part of every manager's repertoire. Unfortunately, most managers are expected to...
Personal Development for Professionals
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
What do you want? You cannot have everything but you can certainly have more than you have at the moment....
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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.