Workforce Scotland
What's on in 2018?
Writing Our Story - Shaping the Future  

In August, we held our first 'Writing our Story' event, at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. This brought together friends, colleagues and learning partners to reflect on our current context, the future of public services, and the collective role we can all take in their delivery with the aim of shaping the future of Workforce Scotland.

We will be holding a second Writing our Story event on the 25th October in Edinburgh, to:

  • Share and discuss the outputs of our first event on 30 August;
  • Explore the future of Workforce Scotland - where could and should we be making a collaborative impact over the coming years;
  • Shape a collaborative and collective future strategy for Workforce Scotland and public services 

It is aimed at colleagues working within public and third sector organisations who recognise they have a role to develop organisations, whether formally in an OD or learning and development role within public services or carrying out these tasks as part of everyday service delivery.

If you are interested in participating we'd be grateful if you could connect with senior leaders and other change makers within your organisation to ensure that it's properly represented. You may also want to share this event with partners or stakeholders you have in other public service organisations who you feel may wish to contribute. 

Register Now for Writing our Story!
Workforce Scotland team
Join us
Would you like to be part of a team of Collaboration and Transformation Partners working together across public services? Supporting transformation for sustainable public services, influencing the future of Workforce Scotland and creating excellent learning opportunities? 

If this sounds like you, then why not apply to become one of our new Collaboration and Transformation Partners.

It is an important point in the development of Workforce Scotland and we are keen to draw together a team from across our public services.

We are determined to make sure we respond well to the needs across our sectors and that we take whatever opportunities we can to connect and pool our resources and talent around key themes for delivery. The Collaboration and Transformation Partners will play a key role in enabling this to happen.

Find out more and apply now
Thank you
After a number of years working within the Workforce Scotland team and ensuring everything has run like clockwork, we are sad to say goodbye to our former Communications & Programme Co-ordinator, Kirsty Merriman, who has moved on to a new role within Scottish Government. 

A heartfelt thank you to Kirsty for all her hard work and dedication and, although she will be sorely missed, a big congratulations from the whole of the Workforce Scotland team on her new position. We know you'll do a fantastic job!

As many of you have been speaking to Kirsty as your point of contact for Workforce Scotland, we'd be grateful if you could now email and we'll get back to talk to you about your enquiry.
Collective Leadership 
Collective Leadership Round-up
There has been a lot happening with our work on Collective Leadership since we launched the programme in January 2018.

Almost all our facilitators are now actively supporting teams across the country addressing the complex issues Scotland faces, from mental  health to domestic violence. Taster Sessions have been held right across the country for people to learn more about the programme and, this month, we are also holding an event on our first Collective Leadership research and practice publication which we have co-designed through a peer review. 

We are under way with plans to develop an International Collective Leadership Faculty, as well as a Research and Practioner Network, and we'll shortly be holding our next Facilitation Development Programme for our new cohort of facilitators. Not to mention our upcoming Collective Leadership event in November. 

We will shortly be publishing a regular Round-up so you can keep up to date with all things Collective Leadership - watch this space.

'What are we learning about Collective Leadership?' 
We are delighted to invite you to attend our first Collective Leadership learning event on Thursday 15 November in Edinburgh from 10am until 1pm.

This will be an opportunity to learn about the real work taking place across Scotland through our participant sites. We will also be launching our Collective Leadership Publication Series and Faculty.

Sign up to attend now
Taster Sessions
Want to learn more about Collective Leadership? Come along to one of our Taster Sessions we hold across the country and hear more about our work. Upcoming Tasters are:

Keep an eye on our webpage for the latest dates.

Get involved in the Fire Starter Festival!
Fire Starter Festival will be back in from 28 January to 8 February 2019! 

The annual festival highlights and celebrates innovation and creativity in Scottish public services, with a particular focus on transformational change.

Within the context of austerity, decreasing budgets and increasing demand, the festival gives public services an opportunity to share what is working and how it is making a difference, and allows us all to learn from one another, maximising our collective resources. It gives public, third sector, community and charitable organisations - no matter their size - an equal opportunity to share, engage and learn from one another within a national platform.

The festival also offers a place to hold a national conversation across silos and boundaries about big issues or questions about public services and to prototype possible approaches or solutions. It is also about connectivity and finding a catalyst, be it a question, topic, an individual, organisation or a piece of work that sparks a fire and a drive to go and do things different.

Do you have a creative idea, a burning question or something you want to share? Why not host a Fire Starter Festival event! 

If you are interested in being a part of the Fire Starter Festival, you can find more information about how to get involved on our website or by contacting

Why not watch our 4 minute introduction to the festival, or watch the video below to find out how we held a silent disco in Kelvingrove to launch Fire Starter Festival 2018! 
Workforce Scotland Taster
Want to know more about Workforce Scotland, the Fire Starter Festival or Collective Leadership? Then why not come along to our Workforce Scotland Taster Session in Inverness on 5th December.

Sign up now.

You'll be able to meet the team and learn more. Attend one of the sessions below or even come along to both!

  • Fire Starter Festival Taster Session - 5th December - 10:00-12:00
  • Collective Leadership Taster Session - 5th December - 12:30-14:30
Facilitation Network
The  Facilitation Network will be meeting again in Glasgow on 21st November 2018!

Sign up now.
The Network provides a safe space to explore facilitation in more depth, share a method or technique you have found helpful or test out something you would like to try with your peers.

This will be an open space session, so please do bring along topics or questions you want to share or discuss with the network. While this will run in Glasgow it is open to anyone across Scotland to participate in. 

Facilitation Network sessions are run throughout the year. Look at our
eventbrite page for more information.
Breakfast Clubs
Join us for the Breakfast Club - the creative way to start your day!

The Breakfast Club is open to anyone who wants to have a chat about mischief making and system shaking. Come along, buy a coffee (and a pastry if you fancy) and have a chat with a really interesting mix of people about whatever topic emerges that morning.

We run monthly breakfast clubs throughout the year, in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. For more information please visit our eventbrite page.
The Edinburgh Breakfast Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Join us, from 8.30 - 10.00 at Brewhemia on: Glasgow
The Glasgow Breakfast Club will be meeting 8.30 - 10.00 at Café Fame on the following dates:

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