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  • Product Roadmaps Workshop

    Live online
    Matt Jukes is coming along to talk to us about his experiences around the creation of product roadmaps and offer his insights and experience to help you create your own product roadmaps.
    1 hour
  • Empowering You – Women in Cyber – Leading change in the public sector

    Live online
    This is a unique leadership programme for women in cyber security, delivered by Empowering You and in association with the Scottish Digital Academy, Scottish Government and ScotlandIS.
    November 2023 - February 2024
  • Building Capability through the Digital Programme

    Live online
    Through the Digital Programme and the Digital Scotland Service Manual, the Scottish Government is developing information, advice and guidance to build digital capability.
    1 hour
  • Digital Leadership Essentials

    Live online
    This short course provides insight into leading in a digital world, focussing on supporting transformation and how the Scottish Government and public sector 'does digital'.
    2 hours
  • Data Maturity Programme

    Live online
    Scottish Government is running a Data Maturity programme to help public sector organisations use their data more effectively, improving planning, decision making and delivery.
    6 months
  • Data Science Accelerator

    Live online
    The Data Science Accelerator is a fantastic development opportunity for public sector analysts wishing to develop their data science skills while also achieving real business outcomes for their organisation. This programme is delivered in partnership with The Data Lab.

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Are courses accredited?

Our courses are not accredited or certificated unless otherwise stated.

Can I attend a course as an individual?

Yes. Most of the training opportunities are designed for individuals, unless otherwise stated. You must be employed within the public or third sector in Scotland. Unfortunately, our offer does not extend to contracted staff or suppliers.

Can I attend part of a course?

We recommend that you attend the entire course or programme so that you don’t miss any important information.

Can I suggest a course that isn’t listed?

Yes. Email us digitalacademy@gov.scot and tell us your ideas. We can’t guarantee to provide the course for you but we will listen and include it in our demand planning.

How do I cancel a course booking?

If you have booked to attend a course, you will receive an automated email from us. This will contain the details that allows you to cancel. Please note that a cancellation fee may apply.

How do I pay for a course?

Once your course has finished, we will be in touch to request a PO number which will be referenced on our invoice. You can then choose to pay either through the invoice or by your organisation’s credit card. Instructions are given on the back of the invoice.

How much does it cost to attend a course?

All fees are illustrated on the course information page.

Is training delivered online?

As a result of Covid restrictions, all our training is delivered online unless otherwise stated. We use a variety of online platforms and you’re advised to check the course details for further information.

Who can register to attend a course?

Anyone working within the public and third sector in Scotland can register to attend one of our courses or programmes.

Why do you charge to attend a course?

Funding for Scottish Government (Core)

At present, we fund spaces on courses for core Scottish Government Directorates through corporate recharge allocations which is an internal process. We are able to provide this as our funding is allocated as a corporate offer.


Non Scottish Government

Executive agencies, local authorities, NDPBs and other public sector organisations are required to pay through a recharge and invoice process to cover the cost of training. This recovery model allows us to procure the best value for the public sector on demand, to better address skills gaps at any given time.

The Scottish Digital Academy runs on a cost recovery model. Specialist resource, operational and ad hoc costs need to be recovered.

The charges for attending courses and for using our service are outlined in our Terms and Conditions. All organisations have delegated learning & development budgets and we are only seeking to recover the cost of delivering courses.

We do fund a small selection of agile courses which are free to attend for anyone in the Scottish public or third sectors:

  • Curious About Agile
  • Agile Mindsets
  • Why Agile?
  • Introduction to Scrum
  • User Story Mapping
  • Product Vision and Roadmapping
  • Sizing and Estimating
  • Leading in a Digital World
  • Empowering Women to Lead Cyber Security
  • Empowering Women to Lead Digital Transformation

We will evolve our funding and cost recovery model during 2022. We’d be more than happy to have a chat with teams about how the Scottish Digital Academy can support any future learning needs.


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