Link Worker Workshops

National Link Worker Training

Leadership is about people

In recognition of the integral leadership role of link workers within practice learning environments, Learning Network West have been granted extended funding to continue to deliver FREE Link Worker Workshops by the Scottish Government through the Social Work Education Partnership. The workshops will run alongside those we already provide within our own partnerships in the West of Scotland. To broaden and strengthen the National perspective on practice learning, all sessions in 2022 will be delivered in collaboration with partners throughout Scotland. In addition to the traditional training we hope to deliver follow up sessions for Link Workers in the New Year to consider the changing environment of social work delivery and its implications for student learning

2021 dates:

  • Wednesday 3rd November 2021
  • Thursday 18th November 2021
  • Wednesday 1st December 2021
  • Thursday 16th December 2021

New 2022 dates:

All dates will commence at 9.30am until 3.30pm

  • Wednesday 5th January
  • Thursday 20th January
  • Wednesday 2nd February
  • Thursday 17th February
  • Wednesday 2nd March
  • Thursday 17th March
  • Wednesday 6th April
  • Thursday 21st April
  • Wednesday 4th May
  • Thursday 19th May
  • Wednesday 1st June
  • Thursday 16th June
  • Wednesday 6th July
  • Thursday 21st July
  • Wednesday 3rd August
  • Thursday 18th August
  • Wednesday 7th September
  • Thursday 22nd September
  • Wednesday 5th October
  • Thursday 20th October
  • Wednesday 2nd November
  • Thursday 17th November
  • Wednesday 30th November
  • Thursday 15th December


These workshops have been adapted to reflect the guidance from the National Social Work Education Partnerships in relation to placements and the continuing challenges of learning throughout and post pandemic.

Learning objectives include:

  • To increase understanding of the impact of Covid-19 within practice learning within 6 key areas: learning environment, supervision, student support, health and safety, assessment and direct observations.
  • To consider participants’ motivation to be a link worker.
  • To recognise how Adults learn.
  • To increase understanding of the key components of emotional intelligence and why it is important in practice.
  • To enhance understanding of the social work role.
  • To establish the roles/responsibilities of the learning team.
  • To be able to create an effective online and office-based learning environment.
  • To increase awareness of and confidence with new ways of assessment, including completing a direct observation.

An online resource pack will be provided with links to further resources. The online platform is currently on Zoom with full access details sent with the course joining instructions. Online training aims to be interactive as possible with frequent breaks.

All dates will commence at 9.30am to 3.30pm:

To reserve a place on one of the 2022 dates go to our events page on our website contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Looking forward to meeting you!