Training Courses


Although our training centres are closed at the moment, we are still supporting clients remotely via telephone, email, text, Facetime/Skype/Video Conferencing and any other means that works for them, supporting them through the Fair Start Scotland, Employability Fund, Individual Training Account and No One Left Behind programmes.

Foyer REACH is being delivered using digital platforms and hard copy workbooks. We are using email, WhatsApp, Facebook, text and phone calls to keep in touch.

Financial Inclusion Service (Managing Money) – Benefit queries, debt advice, budgeting and welfare fund guidance - can be done by telephone, text, social media and online as required.

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Training Courses

Engage (Fun learning: 16-24 yrs living in Aberdeenshire, not in education or work)

Project aimed at 16-24 year olds, living in Aberdeenshire North and who are furthest away from education and work, who are struggling to engage due to the pandemic.

Gaining confidence, motivation and learning new skills through activities, hobbies and interests. This might be an existing interest or something you’d like to try.

The programme is guided by the belief that it is a person’s unique strengths and capabilities that will determine their journey as well as define who they are – not their limitations.

A bespoke flexible learning plan will be created with each young person.

  • One to one support available 
  • Small group sessions with similar interests 
  • Online sessions or Face to face 
  • Walk & talks plus outdoor activities until restrictions are lifted 
  • Personalised plan, building on strengths and abilities 
  • Learning in different ways
  • A fun way to meet new people, learn new skills and have opportunities to do more!

To sign up, or if you’d like to chat a bit more about ENGAGE,
contact Karen on: Mobile: 07553 891 306
or Email: 

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Prince's Trust Team (16-25 yrs old)

The Foyer in partnership with North East Scotland College delivers the Prince’s Trust Team programme in Aberdeen City, Peterhead, Fraserburgh and Ellon. The 12 week programme for 16-25 year olds offers exciting challenges which help build young people’s confidence and motivation, while providing new skills and qualifications. Find out more.

Foyer Families (Parents/Carer for under 12 child, gain City & Guilds qualifications)

Foyer Families is a 16-week fully funded programme created and delivered by Aberdeen Foyer which will help you to:

  • Achieve accredited learning and employability skills
  • Progress into further education and employment​
  • Support your child’s development​ through learning and play
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of yourself and your family

Course dates TBC
This course will run 
Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
9.30am to 2.30pm

Aberdeen Foyer is working in partnership with North East Scotland College to deliver a City & Guilds Extended Level 1 Certificate in Employability skills. REHIS Food Hygiene and Pediatric First Aid certificates will also be available during the course. Child development workshops will also be delivered.

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Additional support such as childcare provision and access to digital kit can also be provided during the course.

The course will be delivered online with access to course leaders and personalised support.

Is this course for me?

If you Are a parents/carer with children under 12 looking to do any of the following:​

  • ​Develop personal confidence ​​
  • Meet other parents ​and contribute to shared learning
  • Take part in a meaningful team experience ​​
  • Obtain accredited qualifications
  • Learn how to further support your child's learning and play in everyday life ​
  • Consider if further education, training, or work is a possibility for you ​​

Then this course is for you.

As part of Foyer Families you’ll complete 5 City and Guilds units:

  • Building personal confidence
  • Contributing to healthy living
  • Effective skills and qualities for learning and work
  • Coping with change
  • Managing personal finance
  • A range of course related activities to boost productivity, team building and personal confidence
  • You will also gain a broader understanding of how learning and play contributes to child development.
  • Attend wellbeing sessions including: Mindfulness, Stretch and Tone and Tai Chi
  • Be invited to course-related talks from a range of external organisations and partners

Course Content

Week 1/2: Getting to know you
A chance to get to know one another and set the foundation for an exciting journey with Foyer Families.

Week 3/4: Building personal confidence
Working together to understand personal confidence, while branching out into related activities to help build your own personal confidence.

Week 4/5: Contributing to own healthy living
Looking closely at what contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Guided cooking sessions and Food Hygiene will be used to support your learning along with a range of relevant activities.

Week 6/7: Effective skills and qualities
Working together to highlight and build upon existing skills to prepare you for the working and learning environment.

Week 8/9: Managing personal finance
Focusing on planning and preparation you will gain the skills to develop budget plans and financial inclusion sessions will help you to manage your finances.

Week 10/11/12: Coping with change
Encourages you to explore the different types of change, including the impact of change and strategies to help you to cope with change.

Week 13/14: Skills development
Helping you to build your CV for potential job opportunities and preparing you for mock interviews and build progression pathways.

Week 15/16: What’s next?
Reviewing 16-week programme with discussion about future steps and finally your graduation!

Contact details
Bryan MacKay (Aberdeen City) M: 07880 031 878

Katie Summers (Aberdeenshire)​ M: 07979 199 896​

Aimee Mackay  M: 07918 664 807

Angela Main M: 07467 919784

Learning Houses (Aberdeenshire) - free access to learning, computer skills etc

The two Learning Houses offer access to a range of supported opportunities, ICT and guidance services free of charge. They also provide study or meeting space and information on further education and training.

The houses are open to all individuals wishing to develop their skills.  Support is offered to those who need to update their skills to enable them to job search in the digital age, set up email accounts and Universal Jobmatch accounts as well as other support around the Welfare Reform agenda.

Peterhead Learning House 

1-3 Kirk Street, Peterhead

Tel: 01779 474820

Fraserburgh Learning House

JIC Building, Albert Street
Fraserburgh AB43 9JL

Tel: 01346 514003

Foyer REACH (Gain City & Guilds qualifications)

Foyer REACH follows a weekly structure based on community involvement, personal development, wellbeing and employability learning. We work in partnership with Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership and North East Scotland College.

Participants will gain a City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills. The REHIS Food Hygiene Certificate, First Aid at Work Certificate and ASDAN Volunteering Award will also be available.

Workshops will take place focused on wellbeing and goal-setting for the future. We will work in partnership with other agencies to ensure specific recovery support is available to those who need it, as well as peer mentoring and service user involvement opportunities.


Week 1/2: Getting to Know You: A chance for participants to get to know each other and start working as a team, through team games and creativity sessions.  A First Aid at Work Certificate will be gained.

Week 3/4/5: Personal Development: Workshops in personal development skills, budgeting, planning, health and wellbeing and activities to broaden confidence, such as self-defence classes. REHIS Food Hygiene Certificate will be gained.

Week 6: Outdoor Adventures: A chance for the group to try out new activities using their new team-working skills and gaining self-confidence.  Activities will be suited to team members’ physical abilities.

Week 7/8: Community Projects: The group will plan and carry out projects to benefit the community, giving them a sense of purpose and learning essential planning and project management skills.

Week 9: Next Steps: A range of future options will be explored including volunteering, further education and employment. The group will be introduced to all the different agencies that can help them on their way.

Week 10/11: Community Challenge: This is the group’s chance to put into action all the new skills they have learned through the course and when they will plan activities to make a difference in their community. All planning and work will be done by team members, giving a fantastic sense of accomplishment at the end. ASDAN Volunteering Award will be gained.

Week 12: Moving On / Graduation: The group will plan a graduation ceremony taking stock of all they have achieved and inviting their friends and loved ones to share in their success.

Week 13/14: Employability Extra: Participants will be supported to attend a suitable 2 week work placement to gain experience or do other employability activities such as IT courses.


ABERDEEN CITY (Marywell Centre) 
Sara Mane Reed

BANFF (Banff Castle) 
Bryan MacKay  

PETERHEAD (Kirk Street)  
Rob Campbell  M: 07467 919 850 

INVERURIE (the NESCOL Learning Centre)
Karla Fowlie

Towards and into work (practical skills, training, placements and qualifications)

We deliver against Stages 2, 3 & 4 of Skills Development Scotland’s Employability Fund contract.

Stage 2 

We offer a self development programme aimed at young people aged 16+ who are deemed suitable to join at Stage 2 on the Employability pipeline.

The course is  tailored to the individual’s needs  through initial and ongoing assessments and is designed to create a positive and safe environment in which students can learn practical skills that will help them progress towards employment, further training or college. Although tentatively a 12 week course there is no actual time limit or set weekly attendance times. 

Students will also have the opportunity to work towards formal qualifications at SQA Level 3 in Communications, Problem Solving and Working with Others. There will also be opportunities to participate in work experience placements or take part in Community projects.

Stage 3 

The course for people aged 18+ is tailored to an individual’s needs through initial and ongoing assessments and is designed to create a positive and safe environment in which students can learn practical skills that will help them progress towards employment or further training in a particular sector ie Construction, Retail, Hospitality.

We work with students to establish their goals and source resources to help them achieve this. The course aims to make learning fun, increase confidence and self esteem and provides direction and routine to gain access to the skills needed to set goals and understand the world of work within the clients chosen industry or sector.

This programme is for those aged 16+. On programme time will vary from 2 - 12 weeks, or more, depending on the needs of the individual.  Students will be focusing on employability skills and practical skills pertinent to working within their chosen sector.  There will also be the opportunity for some to participate in certificated vocational training such as Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS Card) and Manual Handling, Food Hygiene and First Aid.

Stage 4 

Stage 4 is open to those aged 16+ who are deemed ready and available to take up paid employment and can last from 1 week to 6 weeks including:-

  • A period of training
  • A period of work experience placement
  • A guaranteed interview 


Bronagh Cameron - email 

Steps towards work - 12 week course

Employability Fund Stage 3 course. It is a 12 week course that focuses on employability and helping people into work.

Over the 12 weeks we look to arrange a work experience placement (unpaid) to help people gain experience within the industry they are interested in. Throughout the 12 weeks participants also work towards a qualification - Certificate of Work Readiness. This will help to improve their confidence and their ability to demonstrate the responsibilities and demands of an employee in the workplace. There is also the potential to work towards other industry specific qualifications that will benefit the participant.

We would also be looking to address any barriers the person may have with regards to getting into work, whether it's lack of a CV, needing support with interview skills, or even learning how to complete an application form. 

This course is currently open to anyone over the age of 18, who is currently unemployed, and lives in Aberdeenshire or Aberdeen City.


For any further information, or for any referrals, please contact

Getting into Construction - 4 week Course 

Employability Fund Stage 4 Construction Course. A 4 week course that focuses on getting people into work in the construction industry. The first week of the course we look at training. Participants will receiving training and qualifications for Manual Handling Awareness, CITB Operatives test and a Level 1 Certificate in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment.

We will make sure that participants have an up-to-date CV by the end of the first week.

Weeks 2 - 4 we look to get people out on site on a work experience placement (unpaid) where they can get first hand experience in a construction environment.

This course is open to anyone over the age of 18, who is currently unemployed, and lives in Aberdeen City.


For any further information, or for any referrals, please contact

Getting into the Security Sector (Door Supervisor) - 2 week Course

Employability Fund Stage 4 SIA (Security Industry Authority) Course. A 2 week course that focuses on helping people into the security sector. The first week of the course is all training. Training takes place at F1 Training in Kittybrewster. You will learn everything you need to achieve a Level 6 Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry, both knowledge and physical aspects. The second week of training is done in-house at our Training Centre on Crown Street, where we will look at addressing any employability barriers and making sure that participants leave with an up-to-date CV.

This course is open to anyone over the age of 18, who is currently unemployed, and lives in Aberdeen City. 


For any further information, or for any referrals, please contact

Funding available towards training courses (Aberdeen City)

Get up to £200 towards the cost of a training course

Achieve qualifications to enter employment 

You could receive up to £200 towards a single course or training episode per year. ITA funding could be right for you if you are: 

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Not in education or involved in any other SDS funded programme
  • Unemployed and looking to get back into work
  • Employed and earning less than £22,000 per year
  • Resident in Scotland 

At the Foyer you can use ITAs for the following training:

C.S.C.S. Card Qualification (Some Trades Included) 

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (C.S.C.S.) card will allow holders the opportunity to gain access to sites throughout the UK. We will give instruction on relevant Health and Safety matters and present the client for testing for the Level 1 Health and Safety in Construction qualification. When a candidate is deemed ready we will then present them for testing to gain the necessary full C.S.C.S. Card. There are 2 training sessions followed by 2 exams. This course cost includes training delivery, 2 exams, certificates and the C.S.C.S. card upon successful completion of both exams. 


Trailer Towing – 2 day B+E Training Course & Test

This course is designed to train candidates to drive a car towing a trailer over 750 kgs or a combined car and trailer weight of 3500 kgs. This is a 2-day practical on-road training course with a test on day two.

Training is carried out by a Roadwise DVSA approved instructor on a 2:1 basis and is tailored to each participant’s knowledge and experience.

The course follows the DVSA syllabus and is designed to ensure a candidate is ‘test ready’ with the competence and ability to undertake the 6 part test

(For car licence holders who passed their test after 1 January 1997 and who hold category B+E provisional entitlement)

Car & Trailer B+E Refresher/Assessment Course

This course is suited for drivers that already have a B+E entitlement on their licence but would like to enhance their skills or get back to trailer towing after a lengthy break.    

Training is carried out by a Roadwise DVSA approved instructor on a 1:1 basis and is tailored to each participant’s knowledge and experience.

The aim of the training is to encourage candidates to embed safe driving practices into their daily driving. The course predominantly covers on-road driving and includes towing laws & regulations, safe loading advice & nose weight, pre-towing inspection, safe method of coupling and uncoupling and reversing.

Please note individuals can purchase these courses without an ITA and a group rate is available for bookings of 6 people and over.

For further information or to book a course please contact Bronagh Cameron, or call 01224 252363/07944299390 

OUTREACH TEAM - support to move forward in your life (Aberdeenshire)


  • Referrals can be taken from Peterhead, Fraserburgh,Banff, Ellon, Inverurie, Stonehaven (and surrounding areas)
  • Referrals can be taken from anyone, Substance misuse services, GPs, CPNs and OTs, Jobcentre Plus, Aberdeenshire council or in person (self)
  • Age 16-65

The role of Outreach is to offer support within the community for people who are in or out of work, training or a positive destination. Outreach can offer 1:1 time with service users to find solutions to barriers they face which prevent them from moving on. i.e. previous substance use, little or no experience or skills,  lack of engagement with services, low motivation and aspirations, poor lifestyle choices, lack of routine, lack of confidence, poor relationships, financial and other worries, unsure what’s available to help, difficulties with mental health and emotional wellbeing. We often work with those far removed from the labour market and accept this can itself be a barrier. We are not time limited to working with an individual.

If you have any clients you feel may benefit from our service please forward their details on to 

If you would like to have a chat first, please give us a call. 

Outreach Worker - Mhairi Fyffe (Peterhead, Ellon ,Cruden Bay, Mintlaw surrounding areas)  07467919821                                                                           

Outreach Worker - (Inverurie, Ellon and surrounding areas)  

Outreach Worker - (Stonehaven, Westhill and surrounding areas)  


The Foyer is now offering free, confidential money and budgeting advice as part of a new Outreach service.   Our main aim is to is help clients to gain control of their financial affairs. This will involve income maximisation, working with clients to budget better to try and prevent the client from getting into debt and to help to deal with any existing debt issues. 

The advice will be tailored to suit the needs of the individual and will address any risks they might face. We will be requesting that clients provide us with written permission to act on their behalf and agree to provide accurate information on their income and outgoings. 

If you have any clients you feel may benefit from our service please forward their details on to 

If you would like to have a chat first, please get in touch.  

Outreach Worker – Financial Inclusion, Nicola Watson (Peterhead, Ellon and surrounding areas)  07717723024 

Outreach Worker - Financial Inclusion, Bill Henderson (Fraserburgh, Banff and surrounding areas)     



Courses for Employers

We are a respected training provider with a proven track record, experienced in delivering a variety of training courses to a number of industry sectors.

As an accredited SQA centre, we also deliver on-the-job training tailored to employer needs based on national quality and service standards such as SVQs in Retail, Management, Customer Service, First Aid, Business Administration and Food Hygiene, at a range of SVQ levels. Click header below to read more:


How can you improve your company's performance?

Further training of your employees is an investment which leads to clear benefits for your company and helps increase performance and efficiency in an ever more competitive market.

How can we help?

Aberdeen Foyer is an accredited SQA centre which means we deliver in-house and on-the-job training and employability programmes based on national quality and service standards.  

Improve your company’s performance by upskilling and qualifying your employees. We provide support for gaining awards in the workplace such as:

Certificate of Work Readiness

This is an accredited SQA qualification designed specifically for people who are ready for their first experience of the world of work or have been disengaged for a period of time, but need some guided support. It includes a unique employer assessed work experience placement, providing a meaningful qualification. The certificate is supported and endorsed by employers and organisations. Candidates will complete a minimum of 190 hours work experience.

SVQs (Scottish Vocational Qualifications)

SVQs will give you a focused, on-the-job context for training your staff, tailored to your business needs and in line with National Occupational Standards.

Results of an extensive study* of SVQs in the food and drinks manufacturing sector have shown significant improvements in employees’ performance: 

Increase in productivity by 20%, quality 12% and staff retention by 27%

Accidents down 56%, complaints down  by 12%, decrease in absenteeism by 20% and wastage by 6% 

* SQA Report 2015

The Foyer delivers SVQs in Retail, Management, Customer Service, Business Administration and Hospitality, at a range of SVQ levels.

C.S.C.S. Green and Trade Cards

This qualification was developed by industry in partnership with Construction Industry Training Board. From 1 July 2014 people wishing to apply for CSCS Cards need to: Pass a Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment qualification or Hold a Valid Site Safety plus Health and Safety Awareness Course.

Manual Handling Awareness

This course provides general guidance to assist workers and managers to meet the requirements of the Manual Handling Operations which came into force at the end of 1992.  Participants will learn about the basic rules of Manual Handling and the factors which affect the risk of injury during manual handling operations.  A level 2 award in the Principles of Manual Handling certificate from the British Safety Council.

Health and Safety

The level 1 award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment is accredited by the UK qualifications regulators in the Qualifications and Credit Framework. The level 1 award provides learners with an essential foundation in relevant matters of Health and Safety.  It is suitable for those already employed in the industry seeking to renew their knowledge in this area.


For further information or to book a course please contact Bronagh Cameron, or call 01224 252363/07944299390



Having a job provides a real sense or purpose, belonging and worth and opens up opportunity. Much of what we do at the Foyer is about enabling those who have faced difficulties in their lives to progress into work.

Our employability programmes are often tailored to skills shortages in the local economy working closely with employers to help ensure positive outcomes for those moving towards and into work, helping to match a person’s aspirations and goals to industry needs; a ‘win win’, delivering real and lasting change.

Work experience is critical. Organisations and businesses large and small can provide placements; building confidence and equipping individuals with valuable transferable skills for the work place.

Working with partners we offer a ‘pipeline’ of informal as well as accredited learning and training opportunities, to suit people at different points of moving towards, into work and in work in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray.