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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.

Advancing Negotiation Skills
Scotwork UK Ltd
         
(8)
2.5 days
2,335 GBP
Multiple (3)
The unique Scotwork method is based upon an understanding that all negotiations have an underlying structure. Scotwork calls this the...
AutoCAD Essentials Course
Benchmarq Training
1 - 2 days
445 GBP
Multiple (3)
During this course you will learn all of the fundamentals of the latest version of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. We...
Exploration and Production Accounting - Level 1
MDT International
         
(13)
3 days
1,950 GBP
Multiple (4)
This three-day Exploration and Production Accounting training course is introductory and is designed to help personnel gain a comprehensive overview...
PTT Train the Trainer (ILM)
Target Training Associates
         
(60)
2 days
695 GBP
Multiple (17)
Becoming skilled in any professional sector isn't easy, but learning how to impart these skills to others in an effective...
CQI IRCA ISO 9001:2015 QMS (Quality) Internal Auditor training (A17931)
NQA Certification Ltd
2 days
699 GBP
Multiple (6)
Expand your auditing skills and achieve the recognised standard of IRCA for internal auditors. This two day course takes an in-depth...
BCS GDPR Update: Foundation Certificate in Data Protection
Market Street Consultants Ltd
1 day
775 GBP
Glasgow
The BCS GDPR Update Foundation Certificate in Data Protection is intended to provide a comprehensive update for BCS Foundation Certificate...
Negotiation Skills for the Oil and Gas Industry
MDT International
         
(6)
5 days
2,750 GBP
Multiple (4)
This Negotiation skills for the oil and gas industry course is an essential first step for professionals in the oil...
Exploration and Production Accounting - Level 2
MDT International
         
(11)
5 days
2,750 GBP
Multiple (4)
This five-day Level 2 Exploration and Production Accounting training course is designed to help personnel that have some knowledge of accounting...
Basic Electrical
Centrica Business Solutions
3 days
375 GBP
Multiple (6)
With companies in many market sectors and industries radically streamlining their maintenance and technical workforce departments, the onus is on...
City & Guilds 2382-15
Centrica Business Solutions
4 days
420 GBP
Multiple (6)
This course provides electrical personnel with clear and thorough preparation for the City & Guilds 2382-15 17th Edition BS7671 Wiring...
NEBOSH National Diploma
Astutis Ltd
         
(3)
6 weeks
5,950 GBP
Multiple (10)
The NEBOSH Diploma is the most well regarded and most recognised qualification in Health and Safety around the world. Achieving...
NEBOSH National General Certificate
Astutis Ltd
         
(5)
10 days
1,695 GBP
Multiple (15)
The NEBOSH National General Certificate is widely recognised as the qualification to have for all professionals in the Health & Safety...
CQI IRCA ISO 9001:2015 QMS (Quality) Lead Auditor (A18022)
NQA Certification Ltd
5 days
1,350 GBP
Multiple (5)
An intensive five day IRCA certified course for quality professionals who are required to plan, oversee and conduct external 3rd...
Advanced Closing Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(6)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This advanced closing skills course is specifically designed for more experienced sales people, it reviews the sales process and identifies...
Advanced Customer Service for the Public Sector
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
An inspirational and interactive course that teaches advanced customer service skills that create a pro-active customer focus within your team....
Advanced Negotiation Skills
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This is an advanced course which is specifically designed to allow you to update, review and assess your style of...
BCS Modelling Business Processes
Focus on Training
2 or 3 Days
795 GBP
Multiple (13)
This course from Focus on Training equips participants with the practical skills in leading and facilitating change within a business...
Body Language - The Hidden Secret of Communicating Successfully
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(13)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Why is it that some people seem able to consistently communicate better than others? Research has shown that it is...
Certified Agile Project Management - Foundation & Practitioner
Focus on Training
4 to 5 Days
1,110 GBP
Multiple (10)
Building on the DSDM approach, this course places Agile within a comprehensive project cycle, aiming to enable delivery of Agile...
Certified Agile Project Management Foundation
Focus on Training
2 to 3 Days
719 GBP
Multiple (9)
Accredited by the APMG and created in conjunction with the DSDM Consortium, this certification course from Focus on Training equips...
Certified EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Foundation - IBITGQ
Focus on Training
1 day
475 GBP
Multiple (13)
This one-day course from Focus on Training will equip participants with an in-depth foundation in the EU GDPR, along with...
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Focus on Training
2 days
890 GBP
Multiple (5)
Upon completion of this two-day course from Focus on Training, participants will be designated Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and...
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...
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...
Customer Care
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(11)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This practical and interactive customer care course provides an overview of the personal and professional skills for staff that are...
Customer Excellence for Finance Staff
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(4)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course will enable participants to understand who their customers are and what they require us to do in order...
Effective Time Management
Focus on Training
1 day
425 GBP
Multiple (6)
Regard time as a resource to be managed. Identify and focus on your objectives and key areas of responsibilities.  Idebtify...
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...
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...
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...
Getting The Balance Right - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This hands-on course will give delegates the opportunity to take time out from their busy schedules to pause and reflect...
Implementing SAFe 4.5 with SPC4 Certification
Focus on Training
4 days
1,920 GBP
Multiple (5)
This four-day course will prepare you to lead an enterprise Agile transformation by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). You...
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 Skills Development
Impellus
1 day
649 GBP
Multiple (25)
This one-day training programme examines the natural leadership styles of each participant and allows them to understand the impact they are...
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...
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...
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 Management (1 day course)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(1)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
After defining Sales Management, this course investigates how to establish a marketing strategy, looking at the sales & marketing tools...
Sales Management (2 day course)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(10)
2 days
900 GBP
Multiple (7)
What is Sales Management? The course discovers how this fits into the organisational framework. More in depth than the one-day...
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...
Stress Busters - Half Day (pm)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(1)
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course will give delegates a range of skills to manage their own stress levels, before during and after potentially...
Successful International Joint Venture Teamworking
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This practical, highly interactive cultural teambuilding workshop identifies the keys to understanding different cultural perspectives, and will help the participants...
Sustaining Effective Financial Control
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(1)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This Sustaining Effective Financial Control course is a one-day workshop style course which will demonstrate how, by accessing the correct...
The Roles and Responsibilities of a Director
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(5)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This 1 day workshop style course identifies the particular legal, and other duties and responsibilities, that are implicitly conferred on...
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...
Walk, Talk, Stance for Maximum Impact
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(1)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
We have only 15 seconds to make a first impression! Frightening when you think that, no matter how well we...
Advanced Customer Service for the Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Industry
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
An inspirational and interactive course that teaches advanced customer service skills that create a pro-active customer focus within your team....
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...
Amazon Web Services - Architecting on AWS
Focus on Training
3 days
1,495 GBP
Multiple (8)
Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a scalable and flexible cloud computing platform. Architecting applications in the cloud presents new opportunities,...
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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.