FCDL is the UK wide membership networking organisation that supports community development through advancing and promoting good quality Community Development learning and practice at local, regional and national levels. FCDL works to provide a network to support the development, evaluation and dissemination of good quality Community Development learning, training and qualification opportunities.
FCDL and our partners, Community Development Cymru (CDC), Community Learning and Development Standards Council Scotland (CLD Standards Council), and the Community Work Education and Training Network in Northern Ireland (CWETN) are very pleased to announce that the newly revised community development national occupational standards (CDNOS) are now formally approved by UKCES (the UK Commission for Employment and Skills) and are available for use. Click below to find the Introduction and all 25 standards in one PDF document that is downloadable.
We suggest that you read the Introduction before looking at any of the individual standards. Over the next few weeks we will put more information and guidance about the revised standards, and what has changed, on the website, but for now we are keen to make the revised standards available to anybody who wants to look at them.
Many thanks to our partners and colleagues in JETS (Joint Education and Training Standards Committee) who we partnered for the joint custodianship of the Youth Work and the Community Development Work national occupational standards, and to our partners and colleagues in the National Youth Agency (NYA) who acted as the accountable body with UKCES, and also provided hands on support with the on line consultations and technical support throughout the review and rewriting process.
The Review Implementation Group (RIG) played an invaluable active and supportive role throughout the review process and many thanks to its members for their active support and critical reflections and expertise. The member organisations are:
Scotland: CLD Standards Council Scotland, Scottish Community Development Centre, Scottish Community Development Network
Northern Ireland: Community Education and Training Network, Rural Community Network
Wales: Community Development Cymru, University of South Wales, Wales Council for Voluntary Action
England: FCDL, Community Matters, England Standards Board, Community Development Foundation, Big/Local Trust.
Thanks also to the organisations who generously supported the review process by hosting consultation events and encouraging people to get involved. These include Craigavon Borough Council, Rural Community Network, University of Glasgow, Scottish Community Development Network, Third Sector Research Centre at University of Birmingham, Leeds Beckett University, London Metropolitan University, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of South Wales, Communities First Cymru.
Most of all thank you to the hundreds of Community Development practitioners, working across diverse settings, policy areas and roles, who contributed to the review by sharing their thoughts and experience by participating in one or both phases of the on-line consultations and/or participating in the review events. Without their input and contributions the review could not have happened.
We hope that we, collectively, have strengthened the Community Development NOS in terms of their role in supporting good quality and value based Community Development learning and practice, and also made them more accessible and easier to use. Please let us know what you think in due course.
The Federation has a long-established reputation for the excellence of our skills and knowledge and our high quality training expertise.
FCDL has always played a leading role in the development and reviews of the Community Development National Occupational Standards, (CD NOS). We currently hold custodianship of the CD NOS, in partnership with our youth work colleagues.
All our past funded projects have provided free and customised development and learning support to a range of small, diverse and marginalised community groups. This work has provided us with the opportunity to learn from community led groups and networks bringing diverse perspectives, insights and experiences.
We can support you to use Community Development approaches to work effectively and inclusively in health, housing, environment, learning and other community and strategic settings.
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● Customised training (accredited and non-accredited)
● Consultancy, research and evaluation.
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