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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.

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Essentials of Pressure Systems
ABB Consulting
         
(3)
2 days
1,460 GBP
Multiple (3)
This 2 day course aims to provide the basic understanding of the essential elements of pressure systems, some of the problems encountered and...
Process Safety Management Best Practice
ABB Consulting
         
(1)
5 days
1,995 GBP
Multiple (3)
Process safety has hit the headlines in recent years following the major explosions and fires at BP’s Texas City refinery and the...
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,...
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...
BCS Requirements Engineering
Focus on Training
3 days
795 GBP
Multiple (12)
Through this three-day course from Focus on Training, participants will develop the skills needed to work with requirements stakeholders to...
Brand Building with the Public
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This brand building course introduces the fundamentals of brand identity and running a brand centre. Areas covered include: What makes...
Coaching Skills for Supervisors and Managers
Cosensa Learning and Development
         
(2)
1 day
345 GBP
Multiple (9)
Coaching is a wonderful method of greatly improving performance of individuals and teams. It includes deliberate and specific activities designed...
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...
Customer Care - Incoming and Outgoing Calls
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course has been designed and adapted for a number of PTP's clients that run call-centres to handle incoming calls...
Finance for Non-Finance Managers
Cosensa Learning and Development
         
(3)
1 day
375 GBP
Multiple (8)
This Finance for non-financial Managers training course has been specifically designed for employees at middle and senior management level who...
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...
Interpreting Financial Statements
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(6)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
The aim of this one-day course is to provide a practical introduction to financial statements with an emphasis on relevant...
ITIL Foundation
Focus on Training
3 days
589 GBP
Multiple (31)
ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) embodies best practices from the world's most successful organisations to optimise their IT services. This...
ITIL Inter - Service Strategy
Focus on Training
3 days
795 GBP
Multiple (9)
This ITIL Service Strategy course   is one of five modules that combine to make up the ITIL Intermediate "lifecycle stream". By...
ITIL Inter - Service Transition
Focus on Training
3 days
795 GBP
Multiple (12)
This ITIL Service Transition   course is one of five modules that make up the ITIL Intermediate "lifecycle stream". By passing this...
It's About Time! - A Personal Effectiveness Programme
Cosensa Learning and Development
         
(1)
1 day
345 GBP
Multiple (7)
This one day Personal Effectiveness Programme programme is a more specific study on specific areas of our work life where...
Managing Difficult Situations on the Telephone
Cosensa Learning and Development
         
(1)
1 day
345 GBP
Multiple (8)
This one day Managing difficult situations on the telephone course is designed to help delegates reduce resistance and potential conflict...
Motivational Management for the Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality Industry
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (6)
An all-encompassing one-day course that gives you all the tools to become a confidant and motivational manager in the Leisure...
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...
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,...
One-To-One and Small Group Training
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(3)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
In today’s workplace it’s often more appropriate and cost-effective to train employees on-the-job or in small groups. Therefore, this one-to-one...
Performance Management
Cosensa Learning and Development
         
(1)
2 days
445 GBP
Multiple (8)
This two day Performance Management programme is designed for people who are responsible for managing others and their performance. Effective...
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....
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...
PRINCE2 Practitioner
Focus on Training
3 days
525 GBP
Multiple (39)
PRINCE2 is the leading "best practice" project management method, and can be tailored to suit different business environments and project...
Reception and Telephony Skills
Cosensa Learning and Development
         
(1)
1 day
345 GBP
Multiple (7)
This one-day Reception and Telephony Skills course is designed to assist delegates to create the right first impressions for all...
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...
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 their...
Telephone Techniques - Incoming & Outgoing Calls
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(6)
1 day
390 GBP
Multiple (7)
This telephone training course deals with telephone etiquette when making both incoming and outgoing calls. Live calls are made to...
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...
Working With Emotional Intelligence
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(4)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
The rules for work are changing. We're being assessed not just by how smart we are, or by training and...
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....
APM Project Fundamentals Course (formerly APMIC)
Focus on Training
2 days
625 GBP
Multiple (11)
The premium version of the course offers the most comprehensive introduction for those new to project management. The three-day duration...
Appraising Performance Effectively
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(12)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This course suits anybody that manages other people and needs to understand how to get the most out of them....
Certified ScrumMaster
Focus on Training
2 days
890 GBP
Multiple (11)
This Certified ScrumMaster training programme is an open course offered by Focus on Training available in cities across the United Kingdom. The programme...
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...
Customer Care - Developing a Care Culture
Cosensa Learning and Development
         
(1)
1 day
325 GBP
Multiple (8)
The aim of this Customer Care training course is to enable participants to create, maintain and build upon a positive...
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...
Finance for Non-Financial Managers
Focus on Training
1-2 days
295 GBP
Multiple (8)
A strong understanding of basic finance can benefit everyone at a company. Managers especially, need to understand the finance if...
How to Learn Anything Quicker
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(2)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
How to Learn Anything Quicker - Including Names. Three trends are shaping our business and personal lives: Information is coming...
Introduction to NLP
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(8)
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
This NLP training course is designed to introduce delegates to the excellence principles and techniques of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP),...
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 Effective Meetings
Cosensa Learning and Development
         
(2)
1 day
345 GBP
Multiple (8)
Managing Effective Meetings trains delegates in how to improve their ability as a meeting leader. They acquire the knowledge and...
Marketing Skills Masterclass - Half Day (am)
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
         
(4)
0.5 days
250 GBP
Multiple (7)
Top tips in the best practices in marketing are divulged. Delegates have an opportunity to discuss their marketing methods and...
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...
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...
Public Speaking
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd
1 day
450 GBP
Multiple (7)
Good Speech is a Means to an End and Not an End in Itself! Public speaking requires more of the...
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...
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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.