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CLD Digital Competence

As you may know, CLD Standards Council is undertaking a review to ensure that digital skills, knowledge and competence is embedded and visible across the Competent Practitioner Framework.  In his announcement on CLD Digital Investment funding in December 2021, Jamie Hepburn MSP identified this work as one of the priorities to be addressed through the funding.
Digital upskilling of CLD practitioners has been highlighted by stakeholders as being a priority need. Working with Scotland’s Communities 2018, a workforce analysis of CLD in Scotland, reported that digital skills were one of the most common development needs of the workforce and the skills that employers most often struggle to find when recruiting staff. 
Stakeholders report that the pandemic has further highlighted the need for digital upskilling. Feedback on the consultation draft of the Adult Learning Strategy shows that the sector views an emphasis on enhancing practitioners’ digital capabilities as integral to delivering positive outcomes in a post COVID-19 learning landscape.
In order to ensure stakeholders views are incorporated, a series of focus group events are being held for CLD practitioners, Higher/Further Education CLD staff and CLD partner agencies.  I would be great if you would attend one of the events for CLD practitioners.  You can register for the focus group on Eventbrite by following this link: CLD Digital Competence Review – Practitioner Focus Groups.  Please feel free to share with colleagues who may also be interested.
The focus groups will inform the content of an online survey which will be circulated for wider distribution across the CLD field during April 2022.
This review will be completed by summer 2022 so please come along and share your views on how best to incorporate digital into our Competent Practitioner Framework.

With best wishes,
Jackie Howie
CEO Learning Link Scotland

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