CLD Standards Council Member Bulletin – 01 February 2023

CLD Standards Council Conference – videos now available to watch

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Thank you to everyone who attended our conference in person or online in December. If you were unable to attend or want to experience the talks again, you can now watch/listen to the conference video recordings on our i-develop conference page.

Please note you will need to use your member login to i-develop to access this. If you have lost your login/password, please contact us at

We had a number of excellent and illuminating presentations beginning with Professor Ken Muir delivering the annual lecture, ‘Making a Lifelong Learning Curriculum in Scotland a Reality’

Watch/listen to the Annual Lecture by Professor Muir.

Professor Ken Muir, University of the West of Scotland and Independent Advisor to the Scottish Government
Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training

Members were welcomed by Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training who reflected on the importance of CLD.

Watch/listen to the Welcome Speech by Jamie Hepburn, MSP.

Alan Sherry OBE, Chair of the CLD Standards Council set the scene and the theme of the conference ‘A Successful CLD Workforce’ by offering up points for thought and discussion.

Watch/listen to Alan Sherry’s Introduction to the Conference.

Alan Sherry OBE, Chair of the CLD Standards Council Scotland
Sarah Latto, Policy Officer at Volunteer Scotland

Sarah Latto, Policy Officer at Volunteer Scotland presented a workshop focussed on ‘Supporting the Voluntary Workforce in CLD’

Watch/listen to Sarah Latto’s Presentation.

Sara Thiam, CEO of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry concluded the conference with an enlightening and informative keynote presentation about the importance of connecting the CLD sector with industry and discussed James Withers’ independent review of skills delivery.

Watch/listen to Sara Thiam’s Keynote Presentation.

Sara Thiam, CEO of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry

The conference concluded with reflections from our Director, Dr Marion Allison and Chair, Alan Sherry, OBE.

Watch/listen to Dr Marion Allison and Alan Sherry’s conclusion and reflections on the conference.

CLD Talks were present throughout the conference capturing members’ thoughts between sessions on the CLD Standards Council and being involved in CLD.

Watch/listen to a range of thoughts from CLD Standards Council members and staff.

CLD Standards Council members Brian McQuillan from Glasgow City Council and Stuart Ritchie, Lecturer at Forth Valley College seated on a couch being interviewed by CLD Talks

News from the CLD Standards Council

In other news, the team held the first of the Higher Education & Further Education working group meetings for 2023 this week when they met online with College and University representatives from across Scotland. This productive meeting enabled training providers and the CLD Standards Council to discuss current issues, including recruitment onto CLD programmes, as well as the number of CLD programmes at various SCQF levels available to practitioners and students.

The main key action points the group agreed to focus on were:

  • The need to raise awareness of CLD as a profession along with the training opportunities and career pathways available for people
  • Improvements required regarding data gathering and sharing
  • Articulation pathways

We will provide further updates as work develops.

Ross and Marion held a valuable meeting with representatives from third sector and uniformed youth work organisations at the Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) offices in Edinburgh on Friday. Lots of positive and constructive feedback was had regarding membership and registration, as well as the value of the CLD Standards Council for both CLD practitioners and organisations. All involved fully endorsed the importance and strength of youth work being a part of CLD across Scotland.

We need your help!

Just a wee reminder that we are working on the development of the CLD Standards Council Communications Strategy and we would like to hear from you. Tell us about which social media platforms you use and how you would like your CLD Standards Council to communicate with you?  We have a very short and simple social media survey which will only take 2 to 3 minutes of your time. Your responses will be really helpful, so thank you in advance. 😊👍

CLD Standards Council: Member Meet-up – Gaelic CLD Cèilidh, 8 February, 1pm

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Don’t forget to sign up for our Gaelic CLD Cèilidh/meet-up to explore how Gaelic language and culture could provide a useful and accessible tool in both adult learning and capacity building, as well as a new engaging content for most communities.

Register for the Member Meet-up Gaelic CLD Cèilidh on Eventbrite.

News from the CLD Sector

Scottish Women’s Aid

An information guide is available on how to help someone who might be experiencing domestic abuse.  It can be difficult to know what to do and how to do it in a way that is safe and supportive.

CLD Talks

CLD Talks are back with the first CLD Talk of 2023 going live on Wednesday, 1st February. You can access this and the back catalogue of podcasts from CLD Talks from all the major streaming platforms or just search for “CLD Talks”.

Cyber Accessibility and Security Webinars

As part of Cyber Scotland week 2023, LEAD Scotland are offering a number of FREE public webinars, such as making your online presence accessible and staying safe online. Open to everyone. Got a question? Contact

Are you #ShareRepairAware?

Supporting local sharing and repairing projects is an amazing way to change the way we consume, make less waste and support your local community – but what exactly is sharing and repairing? Where are the local projects in Scotland and what does it mean to get involved?

UK Turing Scheme Programme Guide for 2023-24 (PDF)

The Turing Scheme provides grants to fund individuals undertaking education and training in the UK to go on study or work placements across the world. They have widened out the scope in regard to the kinds of organisations which can be involved in bids. This may create potential opportunities for CLD organisations to apply as part of partnerships with schools or colleges. Please get in touch with if you want to chat through any potential bids in more detail. 

Dyslexia Scotland Downloadable Information Leaflets

These bitesize chunks of information are for people with dyslexia as well as families and for changemakers in different settings. You can download general dyslexia information leaflets, information specific for children, parents and educators, for employment and the workplace, as well as for study skills.