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Published 08 July 2014

Council's Community Learning & Development service achieves national recognitionA West Dunbartonshire Council service which supports people on their journey to employment has become one of the first in Scotland to receive an award for the quality of its staff training.

The Community Learning and Development service has been awarded a Standards Mark for its employee training.  CL&D delivers the learning element of the Council's Working 4 U service and provides opportunities for local people to gain recognised qualifications, improve skills, and increase confidence.

West Dunbartonshire is one of only four Councils in Scotland to gain the award from the CLD Standards Council for Scotland.

The award panel commended the "clear commitment" shown by the CL&D service to providing high quality professional development opportunities to its staff and staff from partner organisations. 

CL&D helps over 4,700 residents every year and runs courses across West Dunbartonshire at community and early education centres, primary and secondary schools and the West Employability Hub.

Councillor Kath Ryall, convener of Corporate Services, said: "As a Council we are committed to the training and development of our staff throughout their career to enhance their skills and help them to develop in their role.  I would like to congratulate the Community Learning and Development team for achieving this quality mark in recognition of their efforts as a service. "

Councillor Tommy Rainey, Depute Convener for Corporate Services, added: "This is a fantastic achievement and recognises the quality of the training, up-skilling and workforce development offered by the service."

West Dunbartonshire Council's CL& D section consists of Youth Services, Adult Learning, Community Literacies and a Community Development Team.

Courses delivered by the service this year include Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes, Improving Services, Child Protection and Protecting Adults at Risk.

The Standards Mark has been awarded for a three year period.