The Digital Skills project looks to identify where councils can work together to share experiences of workforce planning, skills gap analysis, the move to using job families and adopting competencies.
A number of digital champion programmes exist across the Partnership and we will look at how they are progressing and we will work with Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations to embed a standard approach to defining essential skills.
As demand for traditional classroom learning changes, we will examine the best approach to learning in this 24/7 world we live in.
A digital skills playbook will signpost staff to existing resources and case studies. We are reviewing the Digital Data and Technology profession which is being embedded in Scottish Government to see how this might apply to Local Government. The project will identify what future roles we will need and will evaluate potential models to deliver this capability.
Our Digital Skills Community are launching a webinar series with the aim to create a boxset of resources looking at how we achieve the project aims and also the national deliverable we are exploring.
Each episode will include guest presenters from different councils discussing topics such as skills analysis, digital champions, future roles, cultural shift, modern learning and much much more.
The first webinar featured Digital Office Leadership Programme Manager Jackie Martin and Chris Wright from Perth and Kinross Council who gave an overview of what digital is, an explanation of the Digital Partnership and a quick overview of the overall programme of work. They also briefly explored the Digital Skills project, including what has happened so far and what the Digital Skills Community would like to work on nationally.
Research to provide clarity for local government on the future skills required in 2, 5 and 10 years.
Mapping Skills to Roles and Using Job Families
Framework and method to map existing skills to roles. Reviewing digital, data and technology roles being embedded by Scottish Government and how this fits with local government. Learning around job families, the process of embedding this approach and moving away from job descriptions.
- DDAT Skills Framework Review of digital, data and technology roles being embedded by Scottish Government to see how this fits with local government by Digital Transformation Manager at South Ayrshire Council.
Toolkits and Methods for Upskilling Workforce
Materials to support digital skills audit using the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations Essential Skills Framework and identification of the best methods and resources to upskill all types of staff (including most effective digital champion/guru models). A national online survey will also be launched that councils can use with their workforce using the SCVO essential skills question set.
- Digital Skills Template (National) We are using this template with all councils to find out digital skill gaps and areas of expertise across the Partnership. This will help inform potential models for supporting each other and will input in the national agenda around creating a National Digital Learning Hub.