Unionlearn announce autumn program of regional Supporting Learners events | unionlearn

Unionlearn today announced its autumn program of Supporting Learning events.

The events run across October and November and cover the country, giving Union Learning Reps (ULRs) a chance to hear updates on workplace learning, find out about new resources to support workplace learning and learn all about the latest campaigns they can get involved with.

Specific areas being covered at the regional events include:

* Mental health at work

* Digital Skills

* How to blog

* What is the National Retraining Scheme

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Newcastle UNISON and NHS Trust work together to support apprentices | unionlearn

In years gone by hospitals and NHS Trusts rarely had difficulty in attracting sufficient new members of staff but the impact of an ageing population and the rising demand for healthcare means that this is no longer the case. 

However, this challenge of rising demand along with the impact of the redesign of services, the increasing use of technologies and processes plus the drive for higher standards of care has encouraged many Trusts to look to harnessing traineeships and apprenticeships as part of their workforce strategies. 

The Newcastle upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,…

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Unionlearn welcomes report into apprenticeship gender balance | unionlearn

Unionlearn has welcomed a new report into gender segregation within apprenticeships which calls for national targets to support women enter male-dominated sectors.

The report, ‘Equality at Work? Positive action in gender segregated apprenticeships’ is written by Professor Chantal Davies of the University of Chester and sets out solutions as well as highlighting the issues facing young women.

The report was commissioned by Young Women’s Trust, a charity that supports young women on low or no pay. The Young Women’s Trust is calling for national targets to help women into male-dominated…

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CWU ULRs show that learning saves lives | unionlearn

For several years Union Learning Reps (ULRs) at Tyne & Wear Clerical branch of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have been delivering informal learning sessions in the workplace on various health topics.

Raising awareness about the importance of good hydration, hand hygiene, mental health and discussing issues such as hidden sugar in foods and drinks, men’s health, cancer, alcohol, stop smoking, shisha pipe use, risk of stroke etc. has proven popular with members across the BT sites in the branch.

Christine Carruthers, lead ULR at the branch, said:

The workplace is…

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POA Learning benefits from partnership working in Rugby | unionlearn

For union learning projects to support as many people as possible it is important to build partnerships, and the POA Learning team at Newbold Revel have done just that, forming strong links with the Benn Partnership Centre in Rugby.

The Benn Partnership Centre is a multi-cultural community centre, working to support vulnerable people to overcome barriers and to re-engage with the mainstream. The centre gives support and guidance to help combat personal barriers such as debt or personal crises, support with ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), provide functional and digital…

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UNISON West Midlands Regional Games return this month | unionlearn

As the UK basks in a sports mad summer UNISON are encouraging members, friends and families across the West Midlands to dust off their running shoes and getting ready for the 3rd annual Regional Games.

UNISON West Midlands Regional Games 2018 take place on Saturday 21st July at Holford Drive Community Sports Hub in Birmingham. 

There a whole load of sports and activities pitched at all abilities. Some are competitive while others are skills demos to watch or taster sessions that people can just join in with on the day. 

Organisers are also very excited to announce the following…

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Unionlearn and Unite get a bang out of STEM | unionlearn

Unionlearn and Unite were busy last week showing pupils and teachers why apprenticeship are union business, and how unions support skills, at two Big Bang Fairs across the country.

Team members joined forces with Unite Community branches at the South West and South East Big Bang Fairs at the University of West England in Bristol and the South of England Showground near Haywoods Heath.

Unionlearn took the opportunity to highlight how unions are supporting high quality apprenticeships and showcased the “Apprentices – Know Your Rights” and “SkillCheck” website whilst Unite staff talked…

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