what is BEST?

BEST LogoBEST (“Business Enterprise Solutions and Training”) is our recently established business development department.  College Centre Managers in each location work with the BEST team to develop and schedule courses which are designed to support local businesses and individuals in their locale.

We aim to “do the BEST for your business” by working with you to identify your training needs and to deliver a comprehensive range of  training for business and industry – from First Aid to Chainsaws, Food Hygiene to Day Skipper.

The BEST team is  happy to speak to businesses and individuals to discuss specific training and development needs and to liaise with the College Centres to deliver the solution locally wherever possible. If you have specific requirements which are not covered by our normal range of courses, then we will tailor our provision to meet your needs.

Training courses will be delivered as locally as possible, often using the college’s network of 10 college centres. If it suits you, we may even be able to deliver the training on your own premises. This ensures high quality training can be accessed by delegates without incurring significant travel costs.

courses coming up

BEST has a comprehensive list of workshops and short courses available via its network of college centres such as: Bookkeeping, Sage accounting, First Aid (1 day & 3 day), IOSH Working Safely (1 day) and Managing Safely (4 day), Food Hygiene, Personal Licence Holder, WorldHost, Chainsaws, Animal Transport, Deer Management, ATV’s, Day Skipper, Yachtmaster, Personal Survival Techniques, Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities.

To download the latest full course schedule click here - many other courses are available and we are always keen to hear about training you need for your business.

You can also sign up to receive our regular course updates by email.

Management Workshops

BEST has developed a series of 5 one-day management workshops covering Leadership, Marketing, Recruitment & Selection, Finance and Operational Planning and Business Processes. For more information click here.

Microsoft IT Academy

As a recently approved Microsoft IT Academy we are now able to offer Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) training and assessment. Covering modules including Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint, MOS provides industry recognised IT qualifications. The training will be delivered via a project-based learning plan, with Learn > Practice > Certify components.

Each module should take you about 10-12 weeks to complete the training and sit the exam.

The cost of each module is £150, which includes all course materials, training, assessment and tutor support.


If you are interested in registering for Word or Excel please get in touch to discuss.

Bespoke training

We are keen to offer bespoke training and help you identify your training needs.  You can contact us through your local college centre or direct to the BEST team | 01397 874874



For your business

If you have fewer than 100 employees and make a commitment to staff training, Skills Development Scotland may refund 50% of training costs up to a maximum of £5,000. For more information read about Flexible Training Opportunities on the SDS Website:

Individual Learning Account

You may be eligible for funding towards the cost of certain courses from Skills Development Scotland through an Individual Learning Account. To find out more, go to or call 0800 917 8000

contact us

If you would like to contact the BEST Team direct call 01397 874874 or email


what businesses say about us

"Marine Harvest looks forward to working with the College's new training initiative, BEST, in the development and delivery of training courses for its staff throughout the West Highlands" Lynn MacFarlane, Marine Harvest

"Highland Motors are happy to be working with the BEST training and development team as part of West Highland College UHI." Steve Smith, Highland Motors

"Crannog Concept Limited and The Underwater Centre are very pleased to continue working with West Highland College UHI through its new BEST training & development team." Anne Fairman, Crannog Concept Limited & The Underwater Centre

"The Stein Inn looks forward to continuing to work with West Highland College UHI through their training team at BEST." Teresa & Angus MacGhie, Stein Inn