Bringing forward a Strategy and Framework for CPD for CLD in Scotland is one of our key roles as a Standards Council. We want to see a creative, rigorous and always relevant approach to learning and development.
An effective CPD infrastructure, both generic and for specialisms, is necessary to support both individual progression and change within the field. CPD may look very different for different groups of workers and should include interagency training.
The CPD Committee work in a dynamic and responsive way, influencing providers and stimulating a broader agenda of CPD for the broad spectrum of practitioners across the CLD field, including volunteers. They have brought forward a CPD Strategy and Framework - i-develop - in consultation with practitioners, employers and learning providers across Scotland, and are now working to make i-develop as effective and responsive as possible.
You can watch Gillian Lithgow, Chair of the CPD Committee, explain the purpose and impact of the committee's work here:
When the Interim Standards Council commissioned a piece of research from Edinburgh University it found "limited availability of most forms of formal CPD for all staff" and referred to "the apparent incongruity of more experienced staff having more opportunities for all forms of staff development and support than early career staff." We are working to address this challenge.