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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IOSH Work Placement Assessors
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
2 days
325 GBP
Multiple (2)
As a valuable social asset, work placements provide benefits for both students and employers. Accordingly, it is imperative that organisations...
ISO 9001:2015 Transition Auditor Course
Bywater
         
(32)
2 days
699 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...
Java Fundamentals Evening Course
PCWorkshops
6 weeks
480 GBP
Multiple (4)
This course introduces participants to the essentials of programming using the Java language, explaining Java technology and principles of Object...
Leadership Skills Development
Impellus
1 day
300 GBP
Multiple (17)
This one day training programme examines the natural leadership styles of each participant and allows them to understand the impact they...
MSProject Introduction
PCWorkshops
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...
CIPD Level 7 Advanced Certificate and Diploma in Human Resource Development
CIPD Training
         
(1)
12 months
4,197 GBP
Multiple (5)
The Diploma requires around two year's study. Successful completion also leads to Associate professional membership (Assoc. CIPD), plus the knowledge...
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,...
Advanced Presentation Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(11)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
The Advanced Presentation Skills course is an extremely practical course designed to take your existing skills a step further. The...
BTEC Manual Handling Trainers (Level 3)
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents - RoSPA
2 days
790 GBP
Multiple (3)
Delivered by an experienced trainer with both health and safety and teaching qualifications, this Level 3 accredited training course provides...
Developing Your PA Potential to Ensure Success
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(3)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
The developing your PA potential course is designed for all PAs or Executive Secretaries who would like to improve and...
Excellent Customer Care - Incoming Calls
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(6)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This excellent customer care course analyses typical customer frustrations and how to deal with awkward situations. It teaches professional telephone...
Fundamentals of Risk Management (FoRM): ERM and ISO 31000
Institute of Risk Management
         
(1)
2 days
995 GBP
Multiple (5)
This two day Fundamentals of Risk Management (FoRM) course provides a robust introduction of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and the...
Fundamentals of Risk Management (FoRM) for Insurers
Institute of Risk Management
2 days
995 GBP
Multiple (5)
This introductory risk management training course provides the essential knowledge and skills required to begin using risk management in your...
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...
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...
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...
Managing Budgets
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(15)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This managing budgets course suits anybody that has a need to understand the basic premise of budgeting. Too frequently in...
Managing Bullying at Work
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(2)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course is designed to help organisations recognise and cope with bullying in the workplace. It will enable delegates to...
Managing Remote Teams
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(7)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This Managing Remote Teams course is designed to help managers who have to manage teams who are located in two...
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...
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...
Planning & Prioritisation for the Busy Sales Person
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(1)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course covers the importance of planning and prioritisation in the business environment. Personal time management and life management are...
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...
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...
Successful Sales Presentations
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(8)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course imitates the real two stage process of qualification and presentation. Through a series of scenarios, delegates will practise...
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...
Understanding Discipline and Grievance
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(2)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Handling discipline and grievance issues needs to be handled with confidence; yet is often a feared activity. Done correctly it...
Working Productively - Half Day
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This is a practical half day Workshop designed to assess your productivity challenges and the effectiveness of your approaches to...
Finance for Non-Financial Directors
Institute of Directors
         
(1)
3 days
2,395 GBP
Multiple (3)
This course gives you a comprehensive overview of corporate finance and helps you grasp the key concepts and terminology that you...
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...
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...
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 Green Office Management
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
A highly practical and inspirational course on how to green your office by understanding the environmental impact you have and...
Introduction to Sales - From Emerging Salesperson to Buying Advisor
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(6)
2 days
725 GBP
Multiple (7)
With so many businesses jostling for a share of the same marketplace/customer base, it is becoming increasingly more vital for...
Managing Difficult Staffing Situations
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(2)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This Managing Difficult Staffing Situations Course helps delegates understand the importance of managing poor performance and helps give delegates the...
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...
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...
People Management Skills for Secretaries & PAs
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(9)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course is intended to complement Personal Organisation skills for Secretaries and PAs, but can be taken alone. The focus...
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...
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...
Sales Negotiation Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(6)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This Sales Negotiation Course offers delegates the opportunity to develop their negotiating skills and build confidence in those skills. The...
The Internal Consultant
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(2)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
There comes a time when your specialist knowledge as professional doesn't go far enough. Senior management will be looking for...
The Secrets of Low Cost Advertising
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This advertising and promotion course analyses cold calling, mail shots, telephone prospecting, advertising, packaging and many more promotional ideas. Delegates...
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...
First Aid at Work Requalification
Seaton Rail Limited
2 days
150 GBP
Multiple (8)
This First Aid Requalification course is for people wishing to renew a valid First aid at work certificate. Requalification is...
Effective Communication Skills
Impellus
1 day
300 GBP
Multiple (9)
This one day training programme equips managers with essential strategies and skills to successfully deal with their teams, situations or...
Essential Advertising
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
Whether you employ an advertising agency or do it yourself, this workshop will enable you to focus on the critical...
How to say 'No' and retain Customer Satisfaction
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(1)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
Saying 'No is particularly difficult when dealing with customers but there are occasions where this is the only sensible course...
Managing Your Green Policy Effectively
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
A practical and inspirational course on how to manage and develop your business by reducing your energy bill, carbon dioxide...
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...
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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.

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