Workforce

The Workforce Development Network (WDN) supports voluntary sector social services providers to contribute to the national workforce agenda with the ultimate aim of improving outcomes for people who use services.

The Workforce Development Network (WDN), through a grant from Scottish Government, supports voluntary sector social services providers to contribute to the national workforce agenda with the ultimate aim of improving outcomes for people who use services.

The WDN supports providers to:

  • build their capacity for workforce development and workforce engagement;
  • contribute to the development of workforce policy and practice;
  • contribute their expertise and experience to relevant advisory and working groups;

CCPS Workforce Development Priorities

The WDN has three priorities, which underlie all of its work:

  • The voluntary sector social service workforce is considered and treated as a key and equal partner in major policy and practice developments;
  • Voluntary sector evidence, expertise and providers’ perspectives influence the development of social services workforce policy;
  • Government and other stakeholders recognise the value of the sector’s workforce and ensure this is appropriately rewarded with particular reference to recruitment and retention issues.

The priorities compliment work being taken forward independently by CCPS in accordance with our workforce related strategic outcome: ‘The voluntary sector provider workforce is well qualified, competent and confident, with good pay and conditions’.

We look at issues related to:

  • Regulation
  • Support for the workforce with digital technology
  • Legislation, policy and practice developments
  • Workforce sustainability (recruitment, retention and workforce planning)

The main areas of focus for the second half of 2021 will be safer recruitment, digital skills and workforce planning.

We will also continue to support providers with workforce issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, both in terms of short-term response and long-term recovery.

For further information, contact our team:
Alison Christie, Senior Policy and Development Officer (Workforce)
Megan Williams, Policy and Development Officer (Workforce)

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Workforce: Benchmarking the Voluntary Sector Workforce

A workforce resource in partnership with the HR Voluntary Sector Forum

2021 Benchmarking Report for CCPS and the HR Voluntary Sector Forum - Executive Summary

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The annual workforce benchmarking survey, a partnership between CCPS, the HR Voluntary Sector Forum and the University of Strathclyde, has been an invaluable source of voluntary sector data for over ten years and the findings used by the sector to influence national decision making.

The survey is designed to identify workforce trends and issues and generate data on a broad range of critical staffing issues across the sector.

The information collated has enabled CCPS to work in collaboration with the participants to identify and evidence issues of opportunity and challenge and ensure that these are given a focus at national level.

The 2021/ 22 Executive Summary provides information on the workforce issues listed:

  • Workforce profile
  • Working time and flexibility
  • Pay and conditions
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Employee participation and involvement
  • Training and skills
  • Discipline and grievance
  • Equality and diversity