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CDN Emporium: Inspiring Ideas. Developing the Workforce

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The CDN Emporium 2016: Inspiring Ideas took place 01 to 17 June, offering a fortnight of thought-provoking and practical workshops, seminars and activities at our offices in Scotland and in colleges across Scotland.

This year the CDN Emporium explored ‘Developing the Workforce’ as a theme, focusing firmly on the current needs and challenges facing colleges.

The Emporium creates opportunities to:

  • Share inspiring practices and success stories from Colleges, their partners including Schools, Employers and Students
  • Lead and discuss inspiring ideas that shape a transforming workforce development agenda.

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Twitter: @ColDevNet #emporiumCDN

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Linkedin: CDN Emporium: Inspiring Ideas

Youtube: Live Streaming Available

Padlet: www.padlet.com/Emporium/DYW

Documents: Developing the Workforce – Inspiring Information

Case Studies: Employer Engagement case studies from colleges throughout Scotland

The Programme:

Wednesday 1 June 2016

CDN Emporium Launch – Inspiring Ideas
Responding to the STEM Skills Gap

Glasgow Science Centre

On Wednesday 1 June at the Glasgow Science Centre, CDN Emporium – Inspiring Ideas 2016 was launched, celebrating the start of a two week festival of inspiring professional learning.

The focus for the evening was Developing Scotland’s Workforce: Responding to the STEM Skills Gap. CEO of the Glasgow Science Centre, Dr Breslin provided an inspirational address, exploring how young people without his own inherent passion for a STEM subject can be enthused by science and technology.

Find out more about the launch by reading the full news article and view both the recording and photographs.



Tuesday 7 June 2016

Guidance Annual Conference

Argyll Court, Stirling, CDN

This conference theme was: Developing the Workforce and explored the key issues in relation to guidance and employability:

  • Foundation Apprenticeship programmes
  • Career Education Standards
  • Career Development Programmes for college staff.

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Developing Your Own Capacity Through Mindfulness – an Experiential Introduction

Argyll Court, Stirling, CDN

There is growing interest in the application of mindfulness in the workplace; particularly in relation to reducing stress, and enabling resilience.

However, the significant benefits are more far reaching than improving well-being; research has shown significant improvements in productivity, relationships, employee engagement, creativity and the capacity to deal with demanding workloads. This half-day experiential session will provide an introduction to the key concepts of mindfulness training and its relevance to leaders or emerging leaders within organisations, illustrating how mindfulness can help us to meet the challenges of the workplace with effectiveness, curiosity and creativity. This session can be seen as a stand-alone introduction or a precursor to the Mindfulness for Leaders programme which will run over 6 sessions between August and October 2016.


Wednesday 8 June 2016

Open University: Enhancing Employability Through Language Skills and Intercultural Learning

COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh

Language skills and intercultural knowledge within the workforce bring important benefits to individuals, business, trade and society as a whole. By engaging with relevant stakeholders, this event will:

  • Demonstrate the importance of language skills and intercultural awareness in the workplace
  • Illustrate the value to learners of engaging with language and intercultural skills
  • Explore practical ways of introducing language learning in the college curriculum.


Friday 10 June 2016

Essential Skills for Education and Employment

101 Park Street Coatbridge, New College Lanarkshire

Essential skills encompass a broad range of generic skills which help equip people to meet modern and emerging employment and self-employment opportunities, and is therefore key in workforce development.

The event will:

  • launch inspirational video resources and accompanying tutor materials, developed by New College Lanarkshire for CDN and the ES Network
  • showcase inspiring practices from throughout the college sector, including school and college partnership work
  • showcase Skills Development Scotland’s refreshed My World of Work
  • debate the future direction of this crucial focus in both education and employment

Keynote presentations live streaming will be available here.


Friday 10 June 2016

Work Based Learning – Changing Perceptions

Argyll Court, Stirling, CDN

The importance of developing both knowledge and skills to meet the needs of employers is the key theme of this event.

The supporting role of the college sector and its partners in meeting these expectations is examined from Foundation Apprenticeships to Employability.


Monday 13 June 2016

Developing the Young Workforce: Supporting Employability Skills through SQA National 2 Employment Skills Units

Argyll Court, Stirling, CDN

This event includes:

  • Hands on access to resources developed to support the delivery of Preparation for Employment and 12 vocational skills units which make up the Employment Skills suite of units at SQA National 2
  • the launch of 2 Build a Profile an application for Apple and Android devices. You will be able to see how this application has been used to record skills achievement and provide evidence for assessment.

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Cyber Resilience in Colleges: Cyber Resilient Future

Argyll Court, Stirling, CDN

This half-day event, which is aimed at college leaders and corporate IT managers, will provide an update on Scotland’s new cyber resilience strategy “Safe Secure and Prosperous” (http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/11/2023/downloads).

The event will provide learning about threats that colleges can face and ways to prepare for attacks, and then recover and learn from them. There will be opportunities to ask questions and to discuss ways to make colleges more “cyber resilient”, as well as to consider opportunities for developing future skills in cyber security that students and the sector can capitalise on.


Tuesday 14 June 2016

Digital Skills Workshop – CoderDojo for Colleges

Argyll Court, Stirling, CDN

There’s been a shift in recent years with learners encouraged to develop their programming skills alongside mainstream Office skills. CoderDojo is movement that began in 2011, computer clubs for young learners that now stretch across the globe.

We would like to invite you to a special CoderDojo, led by John Bell who runs CoderDojos in Castlemilk and Bridgeton. John’s also a full-time primary school teacher in Falkirk, so we’ll be running this as a twilight session from 1730-2000.


Tuesday 14 June 2016

From Behaviour to Relationships 3

Dundee & Angus College, Gardyne Campus

This conference will discuss a range of concerns that staff have raised with regard to student behaviour in learning environments. This will include interventions with learners – understanding and responding to behaviours and the impact on student behaviours of building positive relationships with them. It will also seek to explore the behaviours and values that are helpful in the workforce.


Tuesday 14 June 2016

Inspiring the Future in Food

Canmore Hall, Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline

The event will aim to raise awareness of the opportunities of the increasingly global and technology reliant Scottish Food and Drink sector. From field to plate, the sector needs motivated young people with STEM skills to work in nutrition, research, product development, sustainable production, food science, engineering and technology.

The event will demonstrate Scotland’s Food and Drink supply chain story with representation from inspiring young food entrepreneurs, artisan producers, large producers and a mix of food education partners highlighting educational and vocational pathways into careers in this vibrant, key economic sector in Scotland. Among the many contributors there will be the SFDF (Scottish Food & Drink Federation), Young Enterprise Scotland, Tesco, The Innovation Centre for Industrial Biotechnology and Fife College will be launching their new courses in Food and Drink.


Thursday 16 June 2016

Scottish Hospitality & Tourism Association Summer Conference

Dakota Hotel Eurocentral, Motherwell

The summer conference of the Scottish Hospitality and Tourism Association enabling networking, employer engagement and education updates.

This conference aims to:

  • Industry Updates
  • Tourism Strategy 2020 – our role in supporting its objectives
  • Sustainablity – Food waste regulation awareness


Friday 17 June 2016

STEM Equality Forum

Forth Valley College Stirling Campus

This Forum will provide an opportunity for staff to share practice, information and resources in relation to the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion in STEM learning and careers. It will also act as a network to support STEM equality activity throughout the college sector, and give staff an occasion to discuss current STEM equality issues.


Friday 17 June 2016

CDN Emporium Finale 2016 College and Employer Partnerships

Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld

This lively and inspiring conference, supported by students, colleges and their partners including a range of employers, offers a rich mix of presentations, workshops, interactive stalls, networking opportunities, panel sessions, and discussions with a focus on:

  • creating opportunities to share practices and ideas from colleges, schools, employers and others
  • leading discussions to debate appropriate ways forward in developing Scotland’s workforce

Live streaming of the keynote presentations will be available on CDN’s YouTube channel.


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