CLDSC Member Bulletin – 20 April 2022

CLDSC Members Survey – Planning for 2022

The CLDSC is conducting a survey to understand the views of members on the work undertaken by the CLDSC over 2021, and to inform future planning into 2022. We would greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your views with us.

The survey will only take around 5 minutes to complete and will close on Friday, 29th April 2022. Please share your thoughts!

CLDSC Development Officer Vacancy – closing date 24 April 2022

Last few days to get your applications submitted to join our team as our new Workforce Development Officer! The Development Officer will lead the development of workforce proposals to highlight and modernise CLD career pathways in Scotland.

Specific duties include:

  • Working closely with the CLDSC Committees and Officers, co-ordinate the CLD Standards Council internal and external policy profile pertaining to CLD workforce data
  • Providing advice to senior officers and assisting in drafting a range of policy and high quality papers and discussion pieces to stimulate dialogue and recommendations

For more information and to apply, view the Work for Scotland website.  Closing date: midnight on 24 April 2022.

Virtual Member Meet Up – 5 May 2022, 1-2pm

Sign up to hear about how CLD practitioners in North Lanarkshire Council implemented the Youth Guarantee Programme to support CLD employment. For the past year, North Lanarkshire Council’s CLD team employed 19 CLD Assistant Support Workers (ASW’s) aged between 16 and 24 years for one year’s paid employment under the Youth Guarantee Programme. Each employee worked in all areas of CLD and had a robust training schedule. All but one ASW has continued onto a positive destination.

This session will showcase the ASW’s learning journey and what the evaluation has shown. Join us to find out more.  

Register for the May Virtual Member Meet Up on Eventbrite.

Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme

A reminder that Education Scotland’s Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme is open until 11th May and bids to support CLD practitioners are welcomed. If you would like to find out more, then please join one of the online information sessions taking place over the next few weeks: 

New edition of Concept published

The Spring 2022 issue of Concept is now available to view and as always, it’s a great mix of articles and reviews. Where else can you read about adult education as a social vaccine, CLD practitioners’ engagement with ICT and The Welcoming Association Edinburgh in one place?  

National Numeracy Day – 18 May 2022

We and our friends at @EdScotCLD are delighted to be Champions of #NationalNumeracyDay on 18 May! Join us and over 2,810 other Champions helping the nation get on with numbers. Sign up to become a National Numeracy day champion and in the build up to 18 May you will receive everything you need to support adults.

There are separate registration pages for those working with schools and adult learning:

Find out more about National Numeracy Day and take the Numeracy Challenge.

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International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII)

The seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII) will be hosted by Morocco in 2022. Over 1,000 participants are expected to take part in the conference, which will examine effective adult learning and education policies within a lifelong learning perspective and within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Conference participants will develop a new framework for action on adult learning and education that will replace the Belém Framework for Action (BFA), adopted at CONFINTEA VI in 2009.  

Find out more on the Confintea VII website.  

World Community Development Conference 2022 – postponed

In light of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the International Association of Community Development and the WCDC2022 organizing team in Georgia have made the decision to postpone the #WCDC2022 until 3-5 October 2022. The conference will still take place completely virtually, and all registrations and accepted abstracts will be honoured.

Please check the WCDC website for further updates.

Digital Youth Work Survey

A year ago, YouthLink Scotland asked a few questions about the digital youth work needs which helped shape its training offer over the last year. Once again, they would be grateful if CLD Youth Work practitioners could take a few minutes to fill in the Digital Youth Work Survey. There are 10 quick questions to answer and your responses will guide support offered in the future.

And also, Digital Youth Work is not all about online! Join the YouthLink Digital makerspaces learning community – in person event on 27 April 10am – 12.30pm at Heart of Midlothian Football Club, Edinburgh. If you’re interested in developing digital activities with physical groups you can join in, meet other youth workers and try out some activities that might be just right for your youth group. 

Register for the Digital Makerspaces Learning Community event on Eventbrite.

SCVO Essential Digital Skills Check-up Tool

The internet plays an essential part in our daily lives. We use it to communicate, to work, and to learn. Now more than ever, it is important we have the skills needed to navigate the online world, and to feel safe and confident whilst doing it. To help you measure your digital foundation, life and workplace skills, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) have developed the Essential Digital Skills Check-up.

Based on the Essential Digital Skills Framework, it contains three simple checklists to help you measure where your strengths are and to identify the areas where you may need more support.

If you’re thinking about supporting your workforce’s digital skills, try the SCVO Essential Digital Work Skills Check-up tool, and get in touch with SCVO Digital team if you’d like to explore adapting it to suit your organisation. Email: