We work with employers and employees to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. You can make an appointment to come in and see us, or arrange for an adviser to visit or discuss issues over the phone and give advice and guidance.
We run authoritative training courses for small business and larger organisations (see 'Find a course' above). For specific requirements we can customise training sessions to run in-house. We also work closely with organisations to assess their current situation and give recommendations on improvements that will increase efficiency.
"The training was very successful and well received. The fact that Acas are clearly experts in this area gave the training sessions an added dimension of credibility."
UK Employment Relations Manager, Scottish Power Plc
Commonwealth Games - Glasgow 2014
Everyone is working together to make the Commonwealth Games a great success, but there are some real issues employers need to start thinking about now. Employers should start planning as soon as possible to reduce the impact that the Games could have on your business.
Visit The Commonwealth Games 2014 page for further information and advice.
Featured training - New training courses
In response to the increasing number of enquiries received by our Helpline, we have launched three new training courses on Managing Holidays, Stress in the workplace and Managing Employee Use of Social Network Sites in the following locations:
To view all our courses, including dates and locations visit the Acas Scotland training listings page.
Did you know that many businesses can get help with funding to attend Acas training events?
Skills Development Scotland offer Flexible Training Opportunities (FTOs), which can refund employers up to 50% of the cost of up to 10 work-related training courses - to a maximum of £500 per course and £5000 per organisation.
FTOs are available to Scottish private and voluntary sector organisations with less than 100 employees. Organisations must match the 50% training costs with non-public sector grant/contract funds.
The application process is simple, visit the Skills Development Scotland website to find out more. For more information call the Skills Development Scotland "Employer Helpline" free on 0800 783 6000.
The following Acas courses are eligible for funding.
- Return to work interviews - How to get them right.
- Managing absence at work.
- Work and families.
- Effective disciplinary hearings.
- Redundancy and restructuring.
- Certificated workplace mediation.
- Successful employee engagement.
- Bullying and harassment at work.
- Effective disciplinary hearings.
- Contracts of employment - how to get them right.
- Conducting investigations.
- Having difficult conversations.
- Managing discipline and grievance.
- Recruitment and selection.
- Managing staff appraisals.
Please note that Acas does not administer FTO applications and is not involved with funding decisions. All organisations wishing to pursue funding opportunities will be required to liaise directly with Skills Development Scotland.
Acas training recognised by the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives (SCHWL)
Find out how our training courses have been reviewed by The SCHWL and how they have contributed towards the Healthy Working Lives Awards.
Every year thousands of employers come to Acas for guidance and training. But did you know we can come to your place too?
Our specialists can visit your organisation, diagnose issues in your workplace and tailor training and solutions to address the unique challenges faced by you and your organisation.
Find out more about Acas business solutions and the benefits they can bring to your organisation.
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For queries regarding employment issues, contact our national Helpline on 08457 474747 - Monday - Friday 08:00-20:00 and Saturday - 09:00-13:00.