National Transition Training Fund (NTTF)

The National Transition Training Fund (NTTF) is open for applications - and could help you gain a valuable qualification.

What is the National Transition Training Fund?

The NTTF helps people prepare for a new career. It was launched in 2020 to tackle the rise in unemployment caused by COVID-19. Funded by Scottish Government and administered by Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Funding Council, the scheme offers short sharp training opportunities.

This is a great opportunity to gain an industry recognised qualification to help you into employment.

The NTTF offers training in areas of labour market growth. These courses will give you a strong footing for employment opportunities.

Who is eligible?

Those aged 25 or over who live in Scotland and have the relevant experience are eligible.

Different sectors have different requirements and some training opportunities have very specific requirements. Contact your learning provider for more information on what you need to access training.

How to access training

There is bound to be something for you, no matter what career you're interested in.
Lots of Scotland's employment sectors are growing. With funded training available in many areas, you can move to a role with strong prospects. Colleges and universities across the country are offering NTTF learning. Here is a small selection of the courses available:

Seafood Business Improvement Project

If you work in the Seafood Industry, this could be the perfect stepping stone for your career.

The Seafood Business Improvement Project offers short courses. These will help you build on your current skills or develop new ones.

To learn more, visit or contact Claire Campbell via email at



Tourism and Hospitality Talent Development Programme

This programme helps individuals employed in the Tourism and Hospitality Sectors recover from the pandemic.

You can take part in three categories - Supervisor, Manager and Leader. The programme will give you the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the industry.

To find out more, contact David Cochrane via email at

Childcare - Early Years

A taster programme in Childcare is available to introduce you to the sector. You’ll develop the skills needed to help young children grow and learn.

The programme is designed to prepare people for the world of work in Childcare. You could gain a qualification at the end of your course and you’ll be ready to progress your career.

For more information, call Skills Development Scotland on 0800 917 8000 or speak to your DWP Work Coach. You can also visit

Creative Industries Freelance Workforce Programme

This programme supports creative workers who live in Scotland and are aged 25 or older. You can access free quality training which will help you secure work as the sector recovers.

There are a range of courses on offer. These include: Covid-19 Safeguarding and Marshalling, Temporary Electrical Installation, Digital Business Skills, Sustaining Crafts Business, Wellbeing, Net Zero and Fair Work.



Improving Practical Experience within Life and Chemical Sciences

SULSA, together with a range of training providers, are delivering a series of introductory courses. The courses will help develop both your practical skills and theoretical knowledge and are designed in partnership with industry.

If you’re thinking about a career within the industry or are already employed in the sector and would like to further your skills and knowledge find out more at or contact Laura Zoch, Project Co-ordinator at

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