Identifying your learning and training options

Learning new skills or retraining can improve your chances of getting back to work. It's a good idea to explore your options — including learning through college or university, volunteering or on-the-job training — with a local learning provider.

Start with Skills Development Scotland 

There may be funding available for courses which could help you get back into work. Funding can include payments towards course fees, a grant or a loan. The support that's available to you will depend on your individual circumstances and education history as well as the type of course you're hoping to do.

To start, take a look at our learn and train page or call an SDS adviser on 0800 917 8000

Jobcentre Plus

While Jobcentre Plus may be able to help with training costs, they can also help by removing individual barriers linked to work.

Visit to look up jobs online. Or find out more about Jobcentre Plus here.

The Big Plus

If you experience trouble with reading, writing or numbers, finding a job can be difficult. Brush up on your skills with The Big Plus - a free adult-friendly learning service open to all ages.

Visit My World of Work for more information. Or you can speak to an SDS adviser on 0800 917 8000

Getting a Job

If your main aim is finding and applying for jobs, go here for advice and guidance than can help you.

Career Advice

Conquer your career goals with practical tips, information and guidance to help you no matter what stage of your career journey you're in.

Learning and Training

If you're considering applying for a course or searching for learning opportunities to boost your career, we have advice for you here.