Business Development, Skills and Training

South of Scotland Business Solution

This is a knowledge transfer hub partnership between Colleges and Universities working across the South of Scotland and is based at the Scottish Borders Campus. The Hub brings together a wide range of services that partners offer to business, including knowledge transfer activities, training & education, graduate placement and research & development.

The aim is to assist businesses to maximise their potential through skills utilisation. The work funded through this project will focus on helping businesses make more of their current workforce, finding new ways of working that show clear benefits to organisations and help create systems and approaches to enable businesses to maximise the skills of staff.

BC Consultants – Training Solutions by Borders College

Provides training and development solutions to local and national businesses. The unit offers bespoke training, vocational qualifications and short course provision specifically tailored to suit the needs of individual businesses to support workforce skills development. Tel: 01896 662571.

Skills Development Scotland

Offers a broad range of services to employers – to help build a strong and competitive workforce through learning and development. As Scotland's leading skills body, Skills Development Scotland is equipped to provide you with skills, training and funding advice. Learning and development are essential to productivity and competitiveness, and Skills Development Scotland can help to direct your people development efforts so that you gain more from your investment.

Individual Learning Accounts

ILA Scotland funding is available to individuals wishing to acquire new skills in their own time. The scheme isn’t designed to offset your company’s training costs but gives employees an opportunity to enhance their skills through personal development. Up to £500 is available each year to individuals over the age of 16 who live in Scotland and have an annual income of less than £22,000.

The Big Plus

A free, Scottish Government funded initiative to help boost literacy and numeracy skills across Scotland. One in five people in the country struggle with reading, writing or numbers therefore it's likely that at least some of your employees fall into this category. The Big Plus offers an ideal route for employees to improve their basic skills. The service offers free, impartial advice and tuition that fits around work and personal commitments. Employees who are successful in improving basic skills in literacy and numeracy will be more confident, positive, efficient and productive.


If your business is facing difficult times, Skills Development Scotland can provide redundancy support through Partnership Action for Continuing Employment, a Scottish Government initiative.

For more information on all of the above services to employers go to or call the Employer Helpline free on 0800 783 6000.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway offers a single point of access to wide range of services for businesses by proving free, impartial advice to help you start up or grow your business in the Scottish Borders.

Call 0844 875 0171 to speak to the Advisor team based in Selkirk or click here to view the latest programme of business skills workshop which will take place in the Borders.