As part of the Scottish Government CLD Digital Investment funding, CLD Standards Council is undertaking a review to ensure that digital skills, knowledge and competence is embedded and visible across the CLD Competent Practitioner Framework.   The objectives are to:
  • develop national guidance that sets out clear principles for digital delivery, and how to support improved infrastructure for digital approaches.
  • develop a set of digital competences for CLD mapped within the CLDSC’s Competence Framework.
To support this we would appreciate you taking the time to share your views on digital CLD practice with us.  

This survey is for you, even if you don't think you have much digital practice or experience to share - we want to hear from you!   
The survey will take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete and
will be open until Friday 27th May 2022. 

In his announcement on CLD Digital Investment funding in December 2021, Jamie Hepburn, Minister for HE and FE, Youth Employment & Training, £500,000 was committed to support the development of staff skills and capacity to deliver digital CLD provision. The investment will help enable the CLD workforce to develop and deliver high quality digital approaches to CLD delivery.

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 Covid-19 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.

A series of focus groups were held during March 2022 with CLD practitioners, employers and national partners to discuss how digital should be referenced in the Competent CLD Practitioner Framework.  Themes and suggestions from these focus groups have informed the questions in this survey.  

CLDSC collects and processes data in accordance with Education Scotland's Privacy Policy.  Your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence and all data disclosed will be handled, processed and stored in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018.  None of the data you provide will be used to personally identify you and the data collated will be used for analysis and reporting purposes only.   For further information about this and how your data will be used please see the Education Scotland Privacy Policy (

If you have any questions about the proforma please email