Unionlearn Regional Supporting Learners events in November | unionlearn

Are you a new Union Learning Rep (ULR), been a ULR for years but want to find out about the latest resources, or someone interested in workplace learning and looking for an opportunity to network with like-minded people and share ideas?

If the answer to any of these is yes – then sign up today for one of unionlearn’s regional Supporting Learners events this November.

The series of events takes place across England during November and are aimed at ULRs, union reps, officers and union learning project staff. 

Events in October have proved very popular with Union Learning Reps and…

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The apprenticeship reforms and how you can help | unionlearn

You’ll hopefully be aware that apprenticeships are a great way to progress in work and life for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. They are also a great way for employers to improve the skills base of their business. 

You might also know that there have been a number of reforms introduced to apprenticeships, designed to deliver an increase in both the quality and quantity. This has included the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and the start of a shift to move all new apprentices onto high quality apprenticeship standards (from the older style apprenticeship frameworks) by…

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POA Learning help Amanda achieve her potential | unionlearn

Amanda joined the Prison Service in 2008 working as an OSG (Operational Support) working at HMP Hewell. 

Even at that point Amanda knew where she wanted to be, and what she wanted to achieve. Her goal has always been to become a Prison Officer and help people change their lives.

In 2010, she went for her Officer assessment in Kent and achieved everything except for the English assessment. This was a bit of a knock back, but in 2015, after going on ‘detached duty’ to HMP Grendon and HMP Woodhill, she decided she would try again to achieve her goal.

This time, the outcome was…

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Blackpool UNISON’s #mathsworkout | unionlearn

Learning charity National Numeracy joined UNISON to embed numeracy in the Preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Monday 9th October, as part of unionlearn’s #mathsworkout week.

Tom Jenkins, UNISON’s regional learning and development organiser for the North West, delivered a ‘Fun with Numbers’ workshop to around 50 nurses. Activities included a celebrity age quiz and a drug calculations workout.

Sally Hilton and Hannah Cowan from National Numeracy discussed cultural attitudes to maths with the nurses before guiding them through the online…

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PCS Northern reps add up the benefits of #mathsworkout week | unionlearn

PCS Reps across the Northern Region have been getting to grips with maths as part of unionlearn’s #mathsworkout week.

Clare Hownam is PCS Northern Regional Learning Organiser and promoted maths activities to reps taking part in a number of events across the region.

Clare held lunch break sessions on the first day of a PCS Negotiating Skills training event held at PCS Regional Office in Newcastle, and at unionlearn’s Regional Supporting Learners event at the County Hotel, also in Newcastle.

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Determination and union support result in Lee starting apprenticeship | unionlearn

Lee Hughes first approached Usdaw in September 2014 when he asked to do the Warehousing and Storage apprenticeship at JD Williams Hadfield. On his initial assessment Lee struggled with his maths, coming out at Entry 2. The Usdaw Mobile Union Learning Rep explained that they felt the apprenticeship functional skills was too high a level (level 1) for him to achieve without first achieving his Entry 3. 

JD Williams allow time from work to complete apprenticeships but stand-alone functional skills courses have to be done in the student’s own time. Lee explained that due to personal issues he…

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Is Maths a barrier to participation in society? | unionlearn

Does this question sound peculiar to you? Actually, all one has to do to answer this is to step foot into one of the many Work Clubs created in partnership with our ULF/GMB learning project and Job Centre Plus.

Here we regularly see new people attending who feel strongly that they are having modern day maths inflicted upon them with Universal Credit and other schemes. Speak to anybody who is on the other side of the Work Club, those being the Job Centre Plus staff working to help people find work, and they will (mostly) tell you that Universal Credit is giving claimants the ability to…

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