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Services and support within each Local Authority, Jobcentre Plus or Health Board area.

Skills Development

Learning new skills and enhancing existing skills and knowledge should not end once someone enters employment but should instead continue throughout their working life and beyond. Participating in training, further and higher education will help to make people more effective and productive employees or business owners. This in turn can bring greater job security, promotion prospects and pay.

There are a wide range of training and skills courses available - some of which are free of charge, while Individual Learning Accounts could be used to pay for other courses. Skills providers include:

  • The Big Plus - which offers courses on reading, writing and number skills.
  • Local authorities - e.g. through libraries.
  • Colleges.
  • Universities.
  • Workers' Educational Association.

Skills Development Scotland and My World of Work can help individuals understand which learning option to take. 

In addition to the courses outlined above, and recognising the value of investing in their workforce, many employers provide training for their employees. This can range from government backed programmes such as Modern Apprenticeships, Flexible Training Opportunities and Investors in People to more informal, on-the-job shadowing and training. 

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