Training opportunities

If you want to take part in training to help you in your career, there are various different courses to choose from.


The City of Edinburgh Council funds several organisations to provide vocational training to support you to move into employment. The Vocational Training Framework (VTF) provides free training for anyone over 16 years who is seeking work, in insecure employment or facing in-work poverty. VTF courses offer recognised certificates in key sectors that are growing or facing skills shortages:

•    Hospitality 
•    Health and Social Care 
•    Retail 
•    Early Learning and Childcare 
•    Business and Finance 
•    IT and Creative 
•    Construction 
•    Warehouse and Logistics. 

Each course also includes one-to-one support to find a job and prepare for an interview. We also provide guaranteed interviews with recruiting employers.

To register your interest or for more information please contact: or complete the referral form.

Download the VTF Flyer


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) also provide a training programme for certain sectors. The Sector-Based Work Academy Programme (SWAPs) provides an opportunity to learn new skills and get experience of working in a particular industry. The programme is designed to help people who are claiming either Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The training will help you to build confidence, improve your job prospects and enhance your CV. To find out more about this, speak to your Jobcentre Plus Work Coach.

Skills Development Scotland’s My World of Work website also has information about other training and learning opportunities that might be available to you. 


As well as the projects listed here, there are many others that can help you reach your goals.

View the Find a Service directory for full details of all the services that are available.

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