Apprenticeships in the spotlight at Hull event | unionlearn

Unions and employers attended an event organised by Yorkshire and the Humber TUC and unionlearn in Hull last week to explore ways to support high quality apprenticeships in the area.

Nearly 40 delegates from across the region heard speakers and discussed best practise at the Hull City of Culture Apprenticeship Conference. The event was staged as part of National Apprenticeships Week and was held at Hull’s KCom Stadium.

Speakers from the Local Enterprise Partnership, Hull City Council, Siemens UK and Unite the Union all demonstrated their support in attracting young people to quality…

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Disabled apprentices – forthcoming guide for union representatives | unionlearn

Unionlearn and the TUC are currently drafting a new guide aimed at boosting the support that union representatives, including union learning representatives, can provide to help more disabled people access high quality apprenticeships.

The guide will cover a range of areas where unions can make a real difference, including negotiating good quality apprenticeship programmes with employers that include a clear focus on arrangements to support more disabled people to successfully apply (e.g. including ensuring reasonable changes to working conditions such as working hours, equipment or…

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Linking London and unionlearn – a 10 years partnership supporting the capitals learners | unionlearn

Linking London is a unique established partnership of London higher education institutions, colleges and other members including City and Guilds, London Councils Education and Skills Team, OCN London, Pearson and of course unionlearn. We have been in existence since 2006. The core aims of our partnership are to support recruitment, retention and progression through higher education, in all its variety, including full and part time, higher & degree apprenticeships and work-based learning.  

The central team are based at Birkbeck, University of London. Through Linking London membership…

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PCS and apprentices in the Civil Service | unionlearn

Trade Unions have a crucial role in the effective delivery of the UK’s apprenticeship programme over the next few years. In PCS (the Public & Commercial Services Union, current General Secretary Mark Serwotka), we are ideally positioned because of our close relationship with the civil service workforce, to help the government achieve its target of 30,000 civil service apprentices by 2020.

Whilst a union’s traditional role, of representing and organising its members in the workplace, campaigning for improved pay and conditions, remains our prime role, learning and development has…

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#Budget2017: Boost for technical skills funding | unionlearn

This week’s Budget was trailed extensively in advance as a Budget for skills and there was widespread support across the FE and skills sector for the new measures announced by the Chancellor. 

Iain Murray, unionlearn Strategy Manager, has written a TUC Touchstone blog about the Budget which points out that “there is much to welcome in the Budget on technical education and skills.”

The blog discusses the boost to funding for technical education as well as referring to the new £40M pilot for lifelong learning initiatives.

The Touchstone blog can be found at:…

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Union learning gave me the confidence to speak up | unionlearn

When I attended my training sessions to become a ULR, I was made aware of the Public Speaking Course being offered by Unite for its Learning Reps. It sounded excellent and I could see why this would be a very important skill for any Union Representative. I have always been terrified of speaking in front of an audience despite having good communication skills and this has been a barrier for me in the past.  

For this reason, I approached Matt Gillett who was organising and facilitating the public speaking course. I had the opportunity to discuss my fears and why these were both the…

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FBU’s Jane graduates thanks to the union | unionlearn

Fire Brigade Unions (FBU) Member Jane Gummery has put her passion for learning into practise and has just gained her Degree with the Open University. Jane is one of the FBUs more experienced Union Learning Reps (ULR) and has been supporting members for the last 10 years and she is now the Regional Education and Learning Organiser in the unions Region 7 (West Midlands area) as well as the Control Rep.

Jane has been one of the unions flag bearers for learning in the West Midlands and says:

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I have always been interested in learning and encouraging others to…

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