CDN Update

Welcome to the first update of 2022!

We have an action-packed year ahead, with ambitious plans for this year's Virtual College Expo22 taking place on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 June, alongside lots of new events, research and fresh professional learning opportunities.

At the beginning of next month, we'll be launching the CDN Workforce Survey. We're looking for responses from ALL members of the college workforce across Scotland. 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 inform both the design and nature of professional learning moving forward.
The survey will be launched on 1 February and will close on 31 March.
Watch this space...

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: jim.metcalfe@cdn.ac.uk
Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive, CDN
Online course delivered by colleges in Scotland: Introduction to a Career in Social Care

Colleges throughout Scotland are delivering an exciting new 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.

Interested in delivering this exciting course?

To enable your college to deliver and promote this fully funded course we have created a marketing toolkit and a neatly packaged online course. Please contact Ann Kirkwood, CDN Lead at ann.kirkwood@cdn.ac.uk for further information.
Management and Leadership Development
Take the next step in your career
At CDN, we offer a wide and exciting range of Leadership and Management activity to support you in taking the next step in your career.


Preparing for Executive Leadership (PEL) Programme

We are delighted that this successful programme is now in its third year. Preparing for Executive Leadership Programme (PEL) is for experienced senior leaders looking to take the next step to Executive level.
The next cohort starts March 2022 and spaces are limited to 12 - get in quick and apply today!

Bespoke Executive Coaching

We have partnered with Know You More (KYM), a social enterprise that provides high level digital executive coaching. This unique partnership offers senior college leaders the opportunity to benefit from on demand, bespoke executive coaching from wherever they are in Scotland – and to nominate up to five young people from their college’s Student Association to undertake three, one-hour coaching sessions (provided pro bono).
Get into Governance
Online modules to support you joining a Board
Interested in Joining a Board?

We have six short online modules to help you 'Get into Governance'.

The modules will provide you with the basics on what a board does, how it does it and what would be expected from a new board member. We also cover what you should expect in relation to training and support to fulfil your role.
Staying Safe and
Secure Online
Train the Trainer Session

Taking place on Cyber Security Week, Lead Scotland are offering a free session for staff in colleges who work with individuals with low IT skills or confidence that need extra support with staying safe and secure.
Estranged Students in Your College -
who are they,
how do you find them and how do you support them?

This event, partnered with Stand Alone, is for anyone who works with estranged students or who develops practice in this area.

Partner News:
Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2022

The Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards are Scotland's biggest celebration of young people.

Do you know an inspirational young person? Make sure their achievements are recognised.

Visit youngscotawards.com to nominate now!
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