Skills Development

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. 


 Details of future webinars will be posted here. 



Overview of the Digital Skills Project


Skills Gap Model (LIVE)

Workforce planning assessment examining current and future needs, skills gaps, skills development and succession planning.


Future Skills Required

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.


Cultural Environment

Examining changes to culture, use of smarter working, changes to HR policies, staff empowerment, management styles, agile culture.


Leadership Programme (digital)

Programme/materials to support raising understanding of digital transformation across leaders, linking to leadership competencies.



Best methods and resources for engaging staff in learning including the development of learning standards for e-learning to create a consistent approach and high quality, accessible learning.


Digital Skills Academy

Evaluate the feasibility of a digital academy for local government.


Community of interest (LIVE)

New community of interest including human resources, organisational development, IT, change and digital transformation to drive digital skills agenda and collaborate.



Release 4 is expected to produce a Digital Skills Playbook (which will include resources, case studies, how to guides), Leadership Training Model and a workshop on specialist skills framework (DDaT).

During the next quarter the digital skills project will also create business cases to support the delivery of national outcomes around three different areas:

  • Essential skills trainers;

  • Modern learning for officers and elected members;

  • Creation of models to support sharing of digital skills and areas of expertise across the Partnership.