ULF Project provides new CPD opportunities to help tutors Aspire | unionlearn

Tutors in Plymouth are benefitting from new vocational qualifications after the joint-union ULF project “Building a Learning Legacy” brought together training providers JT Development Solutions Ltd (JTDS) and Plymouth-based Aspire2Live.

Aspire2Live works with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. As part of their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) its tutors need to undertake a minimum of 40 hours training each year to maintain their professional qualifications. Training provider JTDS provides a range of vocational qualifications, including apprenticeships, and…

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Jon Crawford: Swapping the pitch for pens… | unionlearn

Not many teenagers leave school and a year later decide to return to carry on studying. But then Jon Crawford was never likely to be an ordinary teenager.

At 16, having left Wolverhampton Grammar School after GCSE’s, Jon failed to secure a professional contract at Wolverhampton Wanderers, the club he joined as a nine-year-old.

Determined to pursue his dream of top flight football Jon joined Bristol Rovers as a Scholar where he trained with the First Team and played for them in pre-season. But then an unexpected leg injury saw him side-lined and by the time he returned to fitness a new…

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New TUC Gender in occupational health and safety guide to help reps | unionlearn

A new TUC guide will help health and safety reps keep both men and women safe at work. The guide for trade union representatives will help them take gender differences between men and women into account when identifying health and safety concerns at work.

Gender in occupational health and safety says that historically the health and safety needs of men in the workplace have been prioritised over women. Risk prevention has focused on visibly dangerous work – largely carried out by men – in industries like construction and mining, with an assumption that the kind of work that women do is…

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Unionlearn has been on the road again | unionlearn

This winter unionlearn has been delivering a series of Supporting Learners conferences around the country. Here Kirsi Kekki and Jane Warwick from the unionlearn team reflect on their experiences of the events.


Jane, I know that the main theme of the Supporting Learners events is to showcase all the tools and support unionlearn has to offer to reps but what really stood out for you in this year’s conferences?


Well, that is hard to say. It’s always great to meet so many enthusiastic reps. And I’m always astonished when I hear about all the amazing things they…

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The Supporting maths and English learning in the workplace – a guide for union learning reps | unionlearn

Engaging and supporting adult learners in English literacy and language and maths is a demanding but rewarding role for unions and union learning reps.

This short unionlearn guide provides a short introduction, ideas for developing English and maths learning in the workplace and gathers together useful resources for all reps to utilise in the workplace.
EnglishMathsSupporting English and maths.pdf PDF (944 KB)

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Unionlearn welcomes skills commission report | unionlearn

Unionlearn today welcomed the publication of the Skills Commission Report into older workers, but highlighted the role of well-trained Union Learning Reps in providing mid-life career support and reviews.

The Report recognises that many people are working longer than ever before. Today’s labour market sees many older workers not only working longer but balancing paid work with support for dependants whether that takes the form of support for parents, children, grandchildren or voluntary roles, with women predominantly affected.

Unions are the biggest provider of workplace Mid-Life…

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Partnership work at Manor Green School results in new apprenticeships | unionlearn

Staff at Manor Green Special School in Maidenhead have been signing up to study apprenticeships thanks to partnership working between the school and the GMB union.

A learning agreement between the school and the union has been in place since 2013 which has resulted in various learning promotions, especially level 2 distance learning and since last year also apprenticeships.

GMB Southern Region Project Worker Agnieszka Zamonski explained how learning for union members had progressed at the school:

I introduced the provider, CSM Training, to the employer, then together we attended…

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