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How we use CLD Competences

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How we use CLD Competences
by Sue Holland-Smith - Wednesday, 9 December 2015, 11:32 AM


I am wondering if there are any good examples across the country of how people are using the CLD Competences for Staff Development purposes? In Dundee City Council we  piloted the use of the Competences as part of our staff Annual Review  (EPDR) process this year, asking people to self assess against the Competences framework.  It would be great to have a discussion about how others are using it, and what is working well for you.

Is anyone else missing the Competences Self-Profiling tool on i-develop? Please bring it back!


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Re: How we use CLD Competences
by Kevin McDermott - Wednesday, 9 December 2015, 12:23 PM

Hi Sue  Funny enough I was looking for the tool this morning and couldn't find it either...


In Aberdeenshire we have discussed building the competences into staff support and supervision but have not actually formalised this yet. I am out at a session next week with a group of our staff to look at the competences and how they can help shape our work. Our strategic partnership met last week and they agreed to focus our collective CPD around the Knowing and understanding the community competence over the next 12 months.

We also track staff CPD against the competences and are looking at how we increase our CPD offer around the community empowerment theme as well - something which also features in our partnership CLD plan.



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Re: How we use CLD Competences
by Sue Holland-Smith - Thursday, 10 December 2015, 9:44 AM

hi Kevin

many thanks for your reply. It would be interesting to talk further about building the Competences into s/s, and how you go about doing this.

I am interested to know how you track your staff CPD against the Competences. Do you have a model or format you could share with me? My email address is above.

thanks Sue

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Re: How we use CLD Competences
by hazel lindsay - Thursday, 31 December 2015, 11:28 AM

Hi Sue/Kevin

Glad to see others are also looking at putting the competencies to good use. I've had discussions with the Standards Council in the past to look at a way of leveling the competencies so that staff can map their learning journeys across the competencies and through the levels.I currently match any training that I deliver to at least one key competence so that staff are aware of their own development. I have just put together a short discussion session around the new Community Empowerment ACT. In the Powerpoint presentation after the learning outcomes for the session I've added a slide illustrating why staff should know about this and linked it to two competencies "Facilitate & Promote Community Empowerment" & "Develop & Support Collaborative Working". I also highlight on our CPD calendar which key competencies are being met within the training. I'm still seeking ideas to make more meaningful use of the competencies so happy to be involved in any discussions that come up.  


Hazel Lindsay - Workforce Development Senior, west Dunbartonshire Council