College Development Network

College Development Network

College Development network (CDN) is the national agency in Scotland that supports skills and sector development across colleges and vocational learning. We support the college and skills system in driving success for students, their wider communities and regional economies.

CDN support staff and students, and work with colleges to play their part in Scotland’s economic revival by providing people with the skills employers need, they have a clear focus around:

  • Supporting the learning workforce to develop excellent digital skills
  • Promoting systems leadership development opportunities across the sector
  • Developing collaborative research and enquiry programmes focused on recovery and practical innovation in education and skills
  • Ensuring that tackling the climate emergency and building a sustainable economy is at the heart of the post-Covid strategy.

Each year CDN engage with thousands of members of staff working in colleges across Scotland through our training and network events. They also work with learners through our thematic projects like our governance and leadership summit, College Expo, and national awards programme.

CDN welcomes the opportunity to join the CyberScotland Partnership, working with stakeholders to ensure that colleges realise the ambitions of the Strategic Framework for a Cyber Resilient Scotland. Colleges contribute to the cyber pipeline and actively engage with the wider student body to raise awareness and develop the country’s future workforce.


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