Aberdeenshire Community Learning and Development (CLD) team recognized for good practice in staff training
ABERDEENSHIRE Council’s Community Learning and Development (CLD) team has been hailed as one of the best in the country for staff training.
The team, which promotes education and community learning, has been awarded a standards mark for professional learning by the CLD Standards Council for Scotland, the professional body for CLD teams.
The award is specifically in recognition of the work done by Aberdeenshire CLD to provide training opportunities for staff.
Standards Council awards are given based on the range of opportunities provided, how organizations follow codes of conduct, learning culture and how local partnerships are created.
Sue Briggs, Strategic Development Officer for Quality Improvement and Professional Learning, said: “We are a small team of less than 100 colleagues and sessionals, but this is one of the largest. large local authority CLD teams in Scotland.
“Achieving our standards mark enables us to be recognized as providing a good quality learning offer which could attract more staff to join us in Aberdeenshire.”
To secure the award, the team developed a portfolio of their good work that was accessible to staff.
Ms Briggs said: “To achieve our brand of CLD standards, the Aberdeenshire CLD Staff Professional Learning Group created a SharePoint site to house all of the documents and links to their exciting professional learning offering.
“The CLD Improvement Team also worked with our colleagues on the ALDO team, supported by Employee Development Officer Sophie McKen, to create a training matrix that matches all CLD job profiles within the advice.
“As the elements are internal, we have also created a short video to provide a tour showing how staff members would digitally navigate their professional training offering.
“As part of the qualification criteria, we needed to demonstrate a commitment to 35 hours per year of professional learning and how this was captured to inform future learning for our practitioners.
“CLD was also able to demonstrate a commitment to two staff events each year with a quality service.”
At the CLD Standards Council meeting, the Aberdeenshire team impressed with the accessibility of their resources.
Ms Briggs said: ‘During the endorsement interview we received praise and were forced to give the panel no further information, although they continued to discuss our work with us for a while. .
“They also asked if they could share our practice with other local authorities.”
CLD employee Graeme Hooper said: “Achieving the standards mark is important to me and my colleagues.
“The variety of learning opportunities for my peers to grow through a culture of learning is highly valued.
“Committing to adjust, increase and improve our continuous development and use of the system benefits all of us.
“As a practitioner, I enjoy being refreshed and challenged by emerging good practices, which I believe will transfer to our work and build trust within communities.”
Councilor Gillian Owen, Chair of the Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee, said, “I am delighted and extremely proud that our CLD team has achieved this coveted mark of standards.
“It is very well deserved and a testament to the continued effort and support this team provides within the communities of Aberdeenshire.
“As with all staff on our council, we will continue to support continuous learning and development at individual and team level and in doing so we will grow and improve performance throughout the service.
“This participation of all CLD practitioners will have a huge impact on our culture of learning and I look forward to us maintaining the current standard for many years to come.”
Adviser Vice President Anne Simpson added, “To maintain the Standards Mark brand, CLD will now be asked to demonstrate how it integrates professional skills, values and ethics into its future professional learning offering.
“This will be monitored by a panel of managers, peers and academics from the CLD profession in Scotland who will ensure that the service remains focused on its commitment to maintaining the standards that it has become recognized for.
“I am very confident that this will also build confidence in the communities we serve that we are committed to being a renewed and knowledgeable workforce.”