Get grammar confident during #LiteracyWorks week | unionlearn

As part of the #LiteracyWorks campaign to promote workplace reading, writing and ESOL unionlearn will be holding a “Grammar Confident” workshop at Congress House in February.

#LiteracyWorks runs from Monday 5th to Friday 9th February and the half day workshop will be held on the Friday – starting at 10 am and wrapping up with lunch at 13.00. The workshop will be facilitated by unionlearn Projects Officer Matt Pointon.

Unionlearn Policy Officer Kirsi Kekki said:

This workshop weeds out some of the regular issues we have with grammar and punctuation.”

Grammar may sound…

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Keeping up to speed with FEU Training | unionlearn

Can you tell us a bit about your career to date?

After I left university with a degree in English Literature, I moved to Japan for a year with the Japan Exchange and Teaching programme (JET). Then I travelled to Australia before heading onto New Zealand to work with a magazine publishing house as the editorial assistant for two publications – one a national current affairs title, and the other an Auckland city magazine. I subsequently moved to Air New Zealand’s inflight magazine as the entertainment editor, where I interviewed musicians, actors and directors, and reviewed blockbusters on…

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South West new Prison Officers get the learning habit | unionlearn

Nearly a hundred new Prison Officers across the South West have got the life long learning habit thanks to POA Learning at HMP Dartmoor.

POA Learning staff based at the Devon prison have, over the past two months, registered ninety six POELTs (Prison Officer Entry Level Training) with lifelong learning opportunities from within the South West region.

The continued lifelong learning opportunities are many and varied and include several level 2 courses including Mental Health Awareness, Dyslexia Awareness, Equality and Diversity and Learning Difficulties. Along with these there have…

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South West UNISON hold leadership training for Black members | unionlearn

Twenty-two black members across the South-West are implementing action plans in their branches across the region after a successful brand new leadership course in Bristol at the end of last year.

The weekend course was called “Developing Leadership with Black Members” and was designed to engage black members across the region, both from cities with significant black populations such as Bristol, Swindon and Gloucester and from rural communities, where there is greater isolation.

Speakers included UNISON Assistant General Secretary Roger McKenzie and Wolverhampton South West MP Eleanor…

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TUC rises to the skills challenges facing the West Midlands | unionlearn

The West Midlands has a proud history. The birthplace of the industrial revolution and Shakespeare, the region has rich cultural, industrial and academic assets. Yet, despite this history and the strengths within the region, the West Midlands faces significant challenges in the years to come if the region is to punch its weight economically.

Too many years of underinvestment in both plant, machinery and, crucially, people has meant that the regional economy has failed to reach its full potential.

To be fair the scale of the challenge is something that the West Midlands Combined…

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“Learn something new in 2018” with Supporting Learners eNews | unionlearn

The first Supporting Learners News of 2018 is now out, and is a packed edition aiming to inspire reps and learners alike with ideas for the new term.

The January edition highlights the forthcoming Literacy Works week and gives an update on the exciting new Rainbow Years Project. It also signposts readers to free taster courses for union members and has a comprehensive list of regional events.

There is also a heads up about a brand new eNote from TUC Education that will help you improve your writing skills – and much more.

Unionlearn Project Officer, Louisa Smith, said:


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