Build new skills with the National Transition Training Fund

Are you looking for short, sharp training opportunities to kick start your career? You could get government funding to polish up your skills or develop new ones. The National Transition Training Fund (NTTF) is open – and can help you gain a qualification.

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Develop your skillset with NTTF

Looking for short, sharp training opportunities for you or your business? Get government funding now to transition your career or transform your team for a bright new future. 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?

Funded by Scottish Government and administered by Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Funding Council, NTTF offers industry-recognised qualifications and training in growing employment sectors.

Individuals can apply direct for many of our training opportunities, while employers are encouraged to apply on behalf of their team.

Is NTTF for you?

  • Applications are open to individual candidates looking to reskill or upskill and businesses looking to develop their teams
  • Opportunities vary from short taster courses across a range of in demand sectors to industry qualifications and specific work placement opportunities for experienced professionals
  • A range of training formats are available across virtual, face to face and blended settings
  • To apply for NTTF you must be based in Scotland

Accessing our NTTF Training

Prepare for a new career in one of Scotland’s growing employment sectors. Our funded courses and training opportunities can help you develop your career no matter what your skills and experience.

If you're looking to learn, check out these courses: 

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

Construction - 'Fabric and structure'

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) are offering free, valuable training for people in the construction sector. This will be focused on the fabric and structure of sustainable buildings, supporting Scotland’s transition towards net-zero.

The course covers 4 core areas critical to the future of the sector and will include:

  • a carbon accounting module highlighting the need for environmental data to be calculated for each project
  • a fabric first module focusing on design decisions to reduce material consumption
  • the role of materials, including homegrown alternatives and mass timber solutions, in the journey to zero carbon offset

To find out more and apply, visit


Creative Industries Freelance Workforce Programme

A brand-new course, designed by freelancers for freelancers, whose focus is on providing you with the useful, practical knowledge you need to upskill or reskill entirely, in a way that actually works for you.

If you live in Scotland and are aged 25 or over, you can access this programme online, where you will learn skills such as critical thinking, reaching your audience and attracting money. 


Digital Skills Pipeline

There is currently a high demand for digital skills and the Digital Skills Pipeline is a great chance to develop your own.

Learners are grouped into two broad categories. The Support category is for those who have basic digital skills and want to learn about careers in technology.

The Create category is for people with more advanced digital skills. 

While this programme is currently closed for applications, you can keep an eye on Digital World for updates. 

Life and Chemical Sciences - Practical Experience

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

NatureScot - Working with Rivers Training Project


These learner-focused, paid placements of 12-week duration are intended to help individuals to develop the skills required to move into employment in this sector.  Funding was offered to organisations able to support training and high quality, on-the-job experience for individuals in working with rivers – particularly in river restoration, natural flood management, control of Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) and riparian woodland creation.

Interested in applying for one of these funded placements? Apply here:

Climate Emergency Literacy Skills

In response to the Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan and the significant action identified required to decarbonise our society and limit the impacts of climate change, this programme will provide certified Climate Emergency Literacy Skills (CELS) training for anyone living in Scotland who is 25 years of ages and meets certain criteria.  In addition, the programme will provide certified training for those currently or previously working in the following three sectors; Energy, Construction and Transport.


The training will help you develop the skills and knowledge required to help Scotland thrive and future proof employability in a net zero future.


Visit Keep Scotland Beautiful for more information.

Transitioning at Pace to Net Zero

Are you a leader working in the Construction, Manufacturing or Transport sectors seeking to drive and influence meaningful change in relation to Net Zero ambitions?  Fully funded, CPD certified training is now available to ensure that you are upskilled with climate emergency principles to enable informed workforce planning and skills development to support Scotland’s Net Zero ambitions.

Delivered by The Verdancy Group, endorsed by ESP as part of support provided from Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Government’s National Transition Training Fund.

Find out more:

Tourism and Hospitality Talent Development Programme

Do you work in tourism or hospitality? HIT Scotland is currently offering Extraordinary Leadership and Extraordinary Performance 1-day modules.

The Leadership module explores how to become more effective at work. You'll also learn about taking responsibility in both your personal and professional lives.

Delve into your own personality profile with the Performance module. You'll find out how to build your productivity and performance to enhance your career.

To learn more and apply, visit HIT Scotland.

Are you a business?

Develop your team with fully-funded training for these in-demand industry sectors:

Seafood Business Improvement Programme

Are you an onshore seafood business looking for support to train and upskill you and your team? Seafood Scotland has been granted £100k funding to assist businesses which are looking to build, following the impact of the last two years.

You will receive a bespoke training plan to meet the needs of your business, your ambition and your team.

The funded training can be delivered in a variety of ways to suit your needs; from flexible, self-completed online modules to guided courses delivered virtually by expert tutors.

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

Tourism and Hospitality Development Programme

This programme helps people employed in the tourism and hospitality sectors recover from the pandemic.

Your employer can apply for you to 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.

Visit Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland for more information.

Net Zero Awareness for SMEs in Engineering and Manufacturing

With a global focus on decarbonisation a key part of COVID economic recovery, this initiative will help ensure that SMEs are ready to play a role in Scotland’s green recovery, and can take full advantage of opportunities for diversification, strengthening sustainability and planning their own net-zero route map.

This twelve-month programme with support open to Scottish engineering and manufacturing sector SMEs will be delivered through a series of online workshops and one-to-one sessions, with supporting materials developed and made available digitally. 

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Find more NTTF courses

Colleges and universities across Scotland are also offering NTTF learning, funded by Scottish Funding Council. Keep an eye on our course search as they continue to add NTTF opportunities - there is something for everyone.

Look for an opportunity

Looking for more learning?

FutureLearn and LinkedIn Learning are also funded as part of the NTTF. They both offer flexible online courses. Whether you're looking to upskill for your job or train for a new role, these opportunities can boost your CV.


Choose from hundreds of online courses delivered by top universities and specialist organisations.

LinkedIn Learning

Whether you're looking to switch careers or progress within your job, LinkedIn Learning could help.