Online Learning Opportunities

Education Scotland CLD officers have collated a range of websites and specific online courses that may be relevant to those working in the Community Learning and Development sector. We hope you find these useful – please get in touch with if you know of an opportunity worth sharing

Thinking Digitally Course Lead Scotland will be delivering the Thinking Digitally course, free for disabled people, carers, and those who provide services for disabled people and carers. This course provides a supportive environment for learners to improve their digital skills, earn a qualification (12 credits at SCQF level 6), and create an accessible ‘digital artefact’, such as a website or blog. You may benefit from this course if you are looking to: improve your digital confidence and competence, learn about different online tools for communication and collaboration, and discover how to produce accessible online content.

The course will involve 13 one-hour tutor-led sessions delivered over Zoom, with 10 weeks of supported group learning and 3 weeks to finalise your digital artefact and e-portfolio. To take part, learners will need to have basic digital skills, access to a computer that supports videoconferencing, and a stable internet connection. Learners will also need to be able to complete a course at SCQF level 6. This requires learners to have the time and capability to study independently for a few hours a week, and to reflect upon their learning, with support.

Please visit Lead Scotland’s website for more information about the course or email for enquiries or further information.

Dumfries & Galloway College is offering an Introduction to Working with Communities. This course is specifically designed for those who are already working or volunteering in the community.  Successful completion will see you gain a Professional Development Award in Community Involvement as well as a range of units, contextualised to your role, in working in the wider community. The programme is designed to introduce you to Community Learning and Development (CLD) theory and practice, with particular focus on involvement in community capacity building, which is one of the three main strands of CLD. This level 6 award will prepare learners for possible progression to other programmes at an equal or increased SCQF level in the field of Community Learning and Development.    The award is suitable for learners who may have some understanding and experience of Community Learning and Development -but have no formal qualifications in the field. Those employed in the field of CLD, and who achieve a recognised qualification such as this award, may qualify for membership of the Scottish CLD Standards Council. This course will start on the 24th January 2022 and finish on the 17th June 2022.

Scottish Centre Conflict Resolution are offering a free programme of sessions ‘Untangling the knots’ The course is aimed at practitioners who have a role working directly with young
people and their families within the Third, Health, Criminal Justice, Parenting, Family, Education, Social and Housing, Mediation or Conflict Resolution sectors, either as a practitioner/volunteer. You must be able to attend all 4 online sessions. Details:

#CLDTalks Podcast Have you caught up with the new CLD Podcast yet?  Created by CLDSC Registered Member Conor Maxwell, CLD Worker in South Lanarkshire, the podcasts have been established to raise the profile of CLD across Scotland.  You can find the podcasts on all the usual podcast sites like or Spotify and follow @CLDTalks on Twitter – make sure you use the #CLDTalks hashtag! There are two podcasts to listen to so far: Jim Sweeney MBE and Adele Martin.  You’re guaranteed insights, information, learning and laughs!

You can also see more podcasts relevant for CLD collated in this wakelet:

ASH Scotland has produced a range of e-learning courses including Understanding Tobacco and Smoking and money advice.

College Development Network Virtual Bridge webinars run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday’s 11 – 11.30am. All previous webinars available to view on CDN’s YouTube channel details for 2021: Virtual Bridge Webinars – Choose Registration (

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Digishift series: We have been hosting big Zoom calls called DigiShift, in collaboration with Third Sector Lab, attended by hundred of charities.  These calls began as a space for everyone to discuss the challenges of moving quickly to digital service delivery.  They have become a collaborative networking space where we work together, with experts in their field, to formulate best practice. Past sessions are available on their YouTube channel and details of future sessions here: DigiShift – SCVO

Promoting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and preventing Self Harm and Suicide Animations have been co-produced by NHS Education for Scotland and Public Health Scotland to support the implementation of Scotland’s Public Health Priorities for Mental Health, Scotland’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027; and Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan – Every Life Matters
These new resources will help workers to understand the factors that influence mental health and resilience
in children and young people; engage proactively with children and young people about mental health, self-harm and suicide; and recognise when to seek help to support those in their care:

LEAD Scotland collected together websites, apps and information about how you can continue to learn online during this time. These are suitable for everyone, with lots of different options, from improving your English and Maths skills, to specialist courses designed by leading universities.

LEAD Scotland have designed a new, free course in partnership with the Open University: Everyday computer skills: a beginner’s guide to computers, tablets, mobile phones and accessibility

YouthLink Scotland have compiled all their digital youth work online sessions on their YouTube channel for you to watch when it suits –

Education Scotland’s DYW officers have put together a programme of ‘end of the day blethers‘ over the next few months covering a range of subjects including ‘personal learning & achievement’, post-16 transitions’ and ‘equalities & inclusion’

Learn 100% online with world-class universities and industry experts – Browse Future Learn’s free online courses in subjects ranging from Psychology and Mental Health to Creative Arts and Media

Black Lives Matter – Explore resources from petitions to books and courses – to help you get involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, and educated about the history of black oppression

SALTO-YOUTH training opportunities: including ‘An intro on how to use Erasmus+ for international youth work, Erasmus+ opportunities for youth

Abertay University has four free credit-bearing courses to help individuals develop their digital marketing abilities, and support businesses. They are delivered online and include live teaching sessions.

Professional Development Resources for College Staff  on CDN LearnOnline

Free online learning in a range of subjects from the Open University

Find training, tutorials, templates, quick starts, and cheat sheets for Microsoft 365, including Excel, Outlook, Word, SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive, OneNote and more

The Microsoft Certified Educator Program is a professional development program that bridges the gap between technology skills and innovative teaching, learn more:

Trend Micro

Digi Learn Scot – a range of pre-recorded webinars to learn online at a time that suits you

Free courses from Volunteer Scotland exploring everything you need to know about involving, supporting and leading volunteers. Working with the Open University (Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership at The Open University Business School) this is a space for you to learn at your own pace, at a venue of your choice and with time built in for you to reflection

Generations Working Together provides information, delivers support and encourages involvement to benefit all of Scotland’s generations, by working, learning, volunteering and living together. Membership is free for anyone living in Scotland and some of the training courses are free too

Supporting Learning Outdoors This course is for anyone who has a role in supporting the delivery of curricular based outdoor learning. The course is aimed at instructors, third sector and private organisations, classroom assistants, volunteers, or indeed anyone who wants to work in partnerships with schools to deliver meaningful outdoor learning experiences.   The course will help participants to gain an understanding of the Curriculum for Excellence, and the framework for delivering this to pupils, as well as providing resources and ideas to assist good partnership working

EIS PACT programme offers research-based professional learning opportunities for all teachers and schools focused on policy, practice and pedagogy.  PACT is rooted in social justice principles, takes a human rights approach to poverty, and is designed to further support and deepen the development of a whole-school anti-poverty culture. We also recognise that this PL opportunity may also of interest/ benefit to others within the education sector, so while the PACT online programme has been designed with a clear focus on teachers and schools, we welcome the involvement of other education professionals such as college lecturers who work with school-aged children and QIOs, who are happy to participate on that basis, and with that definite focus. It is also not necessary to be an EIS member to sign up – this offer is for all in the profession

Public Health Scotland provides free online course in a wide range of subjects including Challenging Poverty Stigma: Course: Challenging poverty stigma – learning hub (

Upcoming webinars and online opportunities for CLD

The Education Scotland team have collated a number of webinars and online opportunities hosted by ourselves and others that may be of relevance to CLD practitioners and managers. See details of dates, times, platform where available and link for signing up below.

Tuesday 18th January: 10am – 1pm, Youthlink Scotland: Action on Sectarianism training,

Tuesday 18th January: 2 – 3.30pm, YouthLink Scotland: Evaluating digital youth work,

Wednesday 19th January (& 26th January & 2nd February): 10am – 12pm, Keep Scotland Beautiful: Climate Emergency Training for youth workers,

Wednesday 19th January: 11am – 12noon, Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Understanding Poverty in the UK,

Wednesday 19th January (& 26th January & 2nd February): 2 – 4pm, Keep Scotland Beautiful: Climate Emergency Training for youth workers,

Thursday 20th January: 10am – 4pm, SCQF: Preparing a Submission for Credit Rating Online Workshop,

Thursday 20th January: 10 – 12noon, Parenting Across Scotland: UNCRC Supporting Families – How can the implementation of the UNCRC in Scotland help to solve the systemic problems of poverty and housing for families?

Thursday 20th January: 4.30 – 5.45pm, SQA: Understanding Standards, National 5 & Higher ESOL: speaking & listening,

Thursday 20th January 4 – 5.30pm,  Thursday 27th January 4 – 5pm & Thursday 24th February 4 – 5pm: Education Scotland: Tayside UNCRC Creative Conversations – Learner Participation,

Tuesday 25th January: 10 – 12.30pm, YouthLink Scotland: Participative democracy Certificate,

Tuesday 25th January: 10am – 4pm, SCQF: Would You Credit It? Online Workshop,

Tuesday 25th January: 10am – 12.30pm, Fast Forward: Hidden in plain sight: Understanding gambling harms and links to gaming,

Tuesday 25th January: 1 – 4pm, YouthLink Scotland: An introduction to intersectional youth work,

Wednesday 26th January: 4 – 5.15pm, Education Scotland: The Cycle of Wellbeing 2,

Thursday 27th January: 9.30am – 5pm, Keep Scotland Beautiful: Climate Emergency Training for youth workers,

Thursday 27th January: 10am – 12.30pm, SCQF: Recognition of Prior Learning for Employers Online Workshop,

Thursday 27th January: 2 – 3pm, ASH Scotland: Supporting young carers health & wellbeing: smoking and second-hand smoke, Zoom,

Friday 28th January (& 4th & 11th February): 10am – 12pm, Keep Scotland Beautiful: Climate Emergency Training for youth workers,

Wednesday 2nd February: 9.30am – 1pm, Education Scotland/Youthlink Scotland: Children’s Rights in Youth Work – What, How & Why? Zoom,

Thursday 3rd February: 12noon – 1.30pm, Youth Scotland: Under Pressure Session 1/4: Consent and digital literacy,

Thursday 3rd February: 12noon – 4pm, The Youth Volunteering Legacy Group: Youth VIP Volunteering Summit,

Tuesday 8th February: YouthLink Scotland: Digital Youth Work Conference: All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online,

Thursday 10th February: 12noon – 1.30pm, Youth Scotland: Under Pressure Session 2/4: Unhealthy masculinities in online spaces,

Thursday 10th February: 1 – 4pm, YouthLink Scotland: An introduction to intersectional youth work,

Tuesday 22nd February: 10am – 1pm, Youthlink Scotland: Action on Sectarianism training,

Tuesday 22nd February: 10.10 – 11.30am, ASH Scotland: Supporting young carers health & wellbeing: smoking and second-hand smoke, Zoom,

Wednesday 23rd February: 12noon – 1.30pm, Youth Scotland: Under Pressure Session 3/4: Gender Stereotypes,

Thursday 24th February: 12noon – 1.30pm, Youth Scotland: Under Pressure Session 4/4: Abuse in teenage relationships,

Tuesday 1st March: 4 – 5.30pm, Education Scotland: Sharing practice: period dignity in a Falkirk secondary school,

Wednesday 16th March: 10.30 – 11.30am, ASH Scotland: Supporting young carers health & wellbeing: smoking and second-hand smoke, Zoom,

Thursday 17th March: YouthLink Scotland: 2022 National Youth Work Awards, Save the date

Wednesday 6th April: 12.30 – 3pm, YouthLink Scotland: Participative Democracy Certificate course taster,

Also check out and for a range of pre-recorded webinars from the Education Scotland Digital Skills team. These were created for formal education setting, but the content will be a just as relevant to CLD practitioners. For example, learn how to use Microsoft Forms for quizzes and surveys or watch the session on online gaming and gambling.

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