Digital Pilot Licence
Data | Digital | Climate | Wellbeing
(SCQF Level 7)

Fully Funded Learning

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Career opportunities in Data and Digital are growing at an exceptional rate and, increasingly, employers are seeking candidates who can evidence knowledge. The Digital Pilot Licence or DPL takes you on a holistic journey showing the relationships and linkages between data, digital, climate, and personal wellbeing.

These skills are now a life requirement for personal development, and professional engagement, improving job prospects, and both technical and non-technical career advancement.

The NEERSF Digital Pilot Licence is comprised of 4 Accelerator programmes, delivered fully online, accessible 24×7, and at a pace that learners control. Certificated and quality assured by SQA as a customised award. It’s credit levelled to SCQF level 7 with 18 learning credits. The NEERSF DPL has 4 Programmes: Digital Marketplace, Driving Value from Data, Climate Solutions, and Wellbeing.

To achieve the full DPL award, candidates must complete all 4 of the accelerator programmes. The Digital Pilot Licence offers learners the opportunity to upskill in digital and data whilst gaining confidence to engage with the environment and the new working practices we will live with now and in future.


The North East Economic Recovery and Skills Fund is a £14.3 million investment by the Scottish Government to support economic recovery and enhance skill levels in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire though key sector growth, employment, training, and skills development opportunities.

The Fund is delivering 29 employment, upskilling and reskilling, and business growth and innovation projects that will benefit more than 3,000 people across the region. The projects focus on entrepreneurship; accelerated business start-up, development and growth; increasing digital skills in the workforce; equality and inclusion; and upskilling and reskilling people to enter or remain in work and take advantage of new, green jobs as part of the energy transition.

The North East Economic Recovery & Skills Fund delivery partners are Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Skills Development Scotland, Robert Gordon University, University of Aberdeen, Opportunity North East, Energy Transition Zone Limited, and Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.

Aberdeen City Council is the lead accountable body for the North East Economic Recovery & Skills Fund.