CDN Update

I hope this action-packed Update finds you safe and well.
At the start of this month we launched the first national CDN Workforce Survey – it’s already received a fantastic number of responses! The purpose of the survey is to identify the upskilling priorities of our colleagues right across the college sector, and crucially how you want to learn. Your answers will shape the design of all our professional learning courses and events into the future. We're looking for responses from ALL members of the college workforce across Scotland. The survey will be close on 31 March – so please do take the survey here today!
We have recently launched the highly-anticipated Virtual College Expo22 which will take place on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 June, with the theme - Rewrite the College Story: Learning Experiences, Skills Development, Anchoring Communities. We are inviting you to share your knowledge and experience at this year's Expo by submitting your online session and/or student story videos - submit your proposal here.
We continue to offer a wide range of impactful courses and events to support your professional development. Take a moment and have a look at what's on offer below and on our events section of the website.
As ever, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to talk about any aspect of our work, if you'd like to suggest new ways that we can support you, or share experiences and great practice that colleagues in the sector would find useful. You can email me at: [email protected]
Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive, CDN
CDN Workforce Survey
Have your say today!

At the beginning of this month, we were delighted to launch the CDN Workforce Survey.

The purpose of the survey is to identify the future learning requirements of the workforce, and crucially how you want to learn.

Your answers will inform both the design and nature of professional learning moving forward.

We’re looking for responses from ALL members of the college workforce across Scotland.

If you have any questions in relation to the survey, please contact: [email protected]

The survey closes on Thursday 31 March – have your say today!
Virtual College Expo22
Call for Workshop Session Proposals and Students' Stories

We are excited to announce that Virtual College Expo22 will take place on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 June!

This year's theme is Rewrite the College Story: Learning Experiences, Skills Development, Anchoring Communities.

Virtual College Expo22 is the most exciting professional learning event for the college sector in Scotland, offering inspirational keynotes, workshops, seminars, and panel debate.

This year we also recognise Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 as we celebrate and share student stories from across the country.

We are now seeking proposals in any area of college life and learning, to be considered for workshop sessions and/or short videos to be included within the students’ stories area at Virtual College Expo22.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 25 February - complete your proposal here.
CDN Economic Recovery Group
Colleges as Enablers of Sustainable, Inclusive Economic Growth
Scotland’s colleges are key drivers of regional development, and a new national programme, supported by CDN, will explore how they can play this crucial role as successfully as possible in the face of continuing rapid economic change.

The programme is providing a semi-structured framework for facilitating self-reflective and honest conversations initially with college senior leaders and latterly with them and their partners by applying a unique diagnostic tool to review and refocus the strategies of college regions as anchor institutions for enabling collaborative regional economic recovery and renewal.
College Leadership and Governance Summit: Colleges as Key Drivers of Inclusive Economic Renewal
Book your free place today
Taking place on Thursday 28 April, the Summit will bring together sector leaders, board members and industry partners to discuss the role of colleges as anchor institutions within their regional economies and the role they will continue to play in driving forward economic renewal and growth.

Titled 'Colleges as Key Drivers of Inclusive Regional Economic Renewal' the sessions will build on the work to provide our colleges with an opportunity to analyse the role they play in their regional economies through a facilitated series of self-reflective conversations and insights.

This year we are delighted to welcome two keynote speakers: Carolyn McLeod, Audit Director, Audit Scotland and Professor Graeme Leach, visiting Chair in Economic Policy, University of Lincoln and former Chief Economist at the IoD.
Online course delivered by colleges in Scotland: Introduction to a Career in Social Care

Colleges throughout Scotland continue to deliver the exciting online course: Introduction to a Career in Social Care.

This online course prepares students for a career in the wide variety of care settings in Scotland and on completion will be supported in seeking employment.

This course is delivered with funding from the National Transition Training Fund from Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council.

We're delighted that 18 colleges in Scotland are delivering this exciting new online course, view the full list of colleges here.
Partner News: The SCQF at 21 Online Conference

We're delighted to be hosting the SCQF at 21 Online Conference on CDN's virtual event platform.

The SCQF Partnership Conference, Recognising Skills in a Changing Landscape on 24 March, intends to highlight the important part the SCQF plays in supporting learner journeys in these rapidly changing times. It will celebrate the achievements of individuals, showcase best practice in the use of the SCQF across a range of sectors, as well as raise awareness of the SCQFP’s latest projects and developments amongst partners and stakeholders.
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