Aberdeen University offers free courses to upskill Scottish workforce

Aberdeen University is offering free online courses for working professionals.

By U2B Staff 

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Aberdeen University is offering hundreds of free places on online short courses to provide upskilling and reskilling opportunities to fill skill gaps affecting Scotland’s workforce.

In this new development, successful applicants will be able to enrol in a wide range of courses in various disciplines including leadership, digital, data, energy, life sciences, and health.

This new upskilling initiative is supported by a cash boost of more than £600,000 from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

This funding has been allocated to the university as part of SFC’s Upskilling Fund, which is provided to universities to offer fee waivers on short, flexible courses that address known skill gaps in the Scottish economy.

The SFC is also working towards providing agile support for employees and employers to upskill and reskill and focusing on flexible learning options so that more people can learn while they work.

Hence the initiative is designed to provide working professionals who are currently employed, unemployed, or furloughed in Scotland with upskilling opportunities.

The courses are designed to accommodate professionals who work full time and will take eight to 12 weeks to complete.

The courses on offer will be delivered fully online and will receive a digital certificate upon successful completion.


Vice-principal for student recruitment at the university, Professor Alan Speight welcomed the funding during this challenging period.

Speight said that the SFC Upskilling Fund is an important contribution aimed at tackling the skills shortage in Scotland that has allowed the university to give out 360 free places last year.

He added that the courses that are being offered are already part of an established platform of online learning and they are all aligned to national and regional skill strategies and requirements.

The courses on offer cover topics on leadership where participants can develop their careers and accumulate effective leadership skills.

Those aspiring to excel as a practicing or aspiring middle manager can enrol into the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management course.

This course will help you manage a diverse range of challenges on a day-to-day basis and helps you to improve your performance and prepare yourself for further career opportunities.

Ultimately the courses in leadership will help you to drive better results from your teams, encourage strategic thinking to foster business improvement, provide clear, measurable benefits to career-minded professionals, and ultimately helps you to improve your organisation’s performance.

Several other free courses on offer cover topics on nutrition, health, and wellbeing that are closely related to public and global health areas.

You can also choose to upskill yourself in other key in-demand skills including asset management, legal principals, and also industrial practice.

“Individuals can use these online courses to study with experts, enhance their CV and gain credits towards postgraduate qualifications,” he said.

Speight added that the university encourages anyone who is interested in upskilling themselves to apply for these free places to do so as soon as possible as phase one of the programme will being in September this year.