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

#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!

A series of online learning sessions about climate and the environment for learners and families  These sessions have been created specifically for Scottish learners and their families and each session will have input from some exciting guest speakers! AimHi is the nature-first, curiosity-powered, live, interactive online school on a mission to make world-class live learning accessible to everyone. AimHi’s lessons are mostly attended by ages 11 through to adult, however they’re also suitable for younger ages. Some adults choose to bring children younger than 11. You can find out more and register by following the link below:

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


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.

Monday 1st March: 10 – 12noon, Scottish Gambling Education Hub: Gaming, online gambling and young people CPD,

Tuesday 2nd March: 10 – 12noon, Youth Scotland: Arts Toolkit Training, Zoom,

Tuesday 2nd March: 10 -1pm, Youth Scotland: Child Protection Awareness Training, Zoom,

Tuesday 2nd March: 10 – 1pm, Digital for Good/CAST/SCVO: Scottish Design Hop, Zoom,

Tuesday 2nd March: 2 -4pm, Volunteer Scotland: Developing Volunteer Strategy,

Tuesday 2nd March: 3 – 5pm, Education Scotland/YouthLink Scotland: Youth Work and DYW webinar: How can we further strengthen collaboration to support the development of employability skills and career pathways?

Tuesday 2nd March 2021: 3:00-4:00 pm, Education Scotland: The Home Learning Environment – Creative Conversation with Professor Edward Melhuish, Oxford University​​​​​​​

Wednesday 3rd March: 10 – 11am, Education Scotland: CLD Adult Literacy Practitioner Webinar, GoogleMeet,

Wednesday 3rd March: 12 – 1.30pm, Zero Tolerance: Preventing Abuse and Exploitation in Teen Relationships,

Wednesday 3rd March: 1 – 2.30pm, University of Glasgow: Migration & Refugee Education,

Thursday 4th March: 10 – 1pm, Youth Scotland: Navigating online social groups with autistic and neurodiverse young people, Zoom,

Thursday 4th March: 2021, 1pm-2pm, Education Scotland: ESOL Practitioner Webinar. This webinar will contain guest speakers from the Pan Ayrshire ESOL Partnership, Aberdeenshire CLD Digital Learning Pilot and NATECLA Scotland ESOL Webinar, 4th March – Registration

Monday 8th March: 10 – 12noon, Youth Scotland: Drama Workshop: Session Two Find Your Voice, Zoom,

Monday 8th March: 6 – 8pm, International Women’s Day: Online seminar,

Wednesday 10th March: 10 -11am, Education Scotland: CLD Adult Learning Practitioner Webinar, GoogleMeet,

Wednesday 10th March: 10 – 11.15am, PINS: Getting it right for every girl: Part 2, Zoom,

Thursday 11th March: 9.30 – 10.30am, SCVO: Employability: Positive partnership working between local authorities and the voluntary sector, Zoom,

Friday 12th March: 10 -12noon,  Youth Scotland: Feel Good Activity Kit & Hi5 Awards, Zoom,

Saturday 13th March: 10 – 4pm, Education for Climate Justice: Building back greener,

Wednesday 17th March: 11.30 – 2pm, University of Glasgow: Ethics, Religion & Values in Education,

Wednesday 17th March: 6 – 8pm, Youth Scotland: Arts Toolkit Training, Zoom,

Thursday 18th March: 2 -3.30pm, YouthLink Scotland, Exploring the Youth Work Skills Framework,

Wednesday 24th March: 10 – 1pm, Youth Scotland: Child Protection Awareness Training, Zoom,

Thursday 25th March: 10 -11am, Families Outside: Understanding the impact imprisonment has on families,

Tuesday 30th March: 10 – 12noon, Fast Forward: Gambling Education & Prevention Workshop for Youth Workers, Zoom,

, Wednesday 31st March: 6 -8pm, Youth Scotland: Feel Good Activity Kit & Hi5 Awards, Zoom,

Thursday 15th April: 10 -12noon, Youth Scotland: Feel Good Activity Kit & Hi5 Awards, Zoom,

Saturday 17th April: 10 -4pm, Education for Climate Justice: Moving from despair to hope,

Monday 19th April: 10 -12noon, Youth Scotland: Arts Toolkit Training, Zoom,

Tuesday 20th April: 10 -1pm, YouthLink Scotland/Education Scotland: Recognising & Realising Children’s Rights for Youth Workers training pilot, Zoom,

Wednesday 21st April: 10 – 1pm, Youth Scotland: Understanding Autism: Awareness,

Tuesday 27th April: 6 -8, Youth Scotland: Feel Good Activity Kit & Hi5 Awards, Zoom,

Wednesday 28th: 6 -9pm, Youth Scotland: Child Protection Awareness Training, Zoom,

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.

Please contact if you would like us to promote something on your behalf