Help us develop support for BME apprentices | unionlearn

Unionlearn is looking for case studies on supporting Black and minority ethnic (BME) apprentices in the workplace.

Unionlearn are currently drafting a guide aimed at helping union reps and union learning reps to support BME apprentices and ensure unions are part of widening the access high-quality apprenticeships.

Good practice case studies will explore how unions can make a difference through negotiating with employers or raising awareness of helpful support schemes. The guide will include practical advice and recommendations for further action.

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Raise your awareness of Mental Health at work with TUC Education | unionlearn

Work related stress is at record levels and this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is focusing on stress – so it is an important time for reps to find out how they can support colleagues.

TUC Education are providing a number of Mental Health Awareness courses for union reps across the country over the next couple of months. These will help reps get to grips with the issues and increase their understanding mental health at work.

Figures last month from the HSE showed 526,000 workers suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17 and that, over that period, 12.5…

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Hayden collects fathers apprenticeship certificate as URTU supports scheme at Weetabix | unionlearn

Over the last 18 months the United Road Transport Union (URTU) has worked with learning provider Free2Learn to deliver Apprenticeships into XPO Logistics at their Weetabix site in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire.

This particular XPO site is responsible for the distribution of all Weetabix products, including Alpen, Weetos and Ready Brek, on a global scale. The site is a hive of activity with logistics deadlines to achieve on an almost hourly basis to ensure that each one of the 3 billion Weetabix manufactured each year are distributed in line with targets.

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David Blunkett to speak at Unionlearn annual conference | unionlearn

The Rt Hon Lord David Blunkett, Chair of the Heathrow Skills Taskforce and Former Secretary of State for Education and Employment, will address delegates at unionlearn’s annual conference in July.

Lord Blunkett is a keen supporter of union led learning. Last year he launched an online forum to gather independent views on Heathrow’s future education, employment and skills strategy at the TUC Congress in Brighton.

At the unionlearn conference Lord Blunkett will talk about skills development at Heathrow, and why the Taskforce has called for union members to continue their close working…

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Unionlearn Apprentice event in Manchester for TUC150 celebrations | unionlearn

Unionlearn will be holding an Apprenticeship celebration event on Wednesday 6th June in Manchester’s historic Mechanics Institute as part of a week of events at the building which hosted the first ever TUC Congress in June, 1868.

This year sees the TUC celebrate 150 years since its first national conference in Manchester. During that time while much has changed the TUC’s mission remains the same: standing up for working women and men, and making sure their voices are heard.

The original congress agenda included technical education and the ‘limitation of apprenticeships’ which is…

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Employment charters – an opportunity for local leadership on employment issues? | unionlearn

Looking back to 2012 and the ‘early days’ of city devolution in England, it is clear that the issue of employment standards was not especially central to the devolution agenda at the outset. In 2018 that is beginning to change. Good work is increasingly seen as crucial to both economic and social policy priorities and the election of metro mayors in some city regions has created an opportunity for local leadership on this issue.

Local employment charters have been identified as one means to advance employment issues locally. These are voluntary initiatives that set out to describe good…

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