English, maths and ICT

English and maths are basic skills that people require to be able to do their jobs, run a home, manage money and enjoy a social life.

That includes the ability to read, write, speak English and use maths. Unions are constantly highlighting these skills to employers as vital for the learning opportunities of workers, their careers and for the efficiency of businesses and services.

Many of you will know the term "Skills for Life" which has been used to describe English language and maths skills. The terms English and maths are increasingly being used – they are often the words learners themselves use to describe what "Skills for Life" means. Of course, some existing (and still very useful) unionlearn documents still use the term "Skills for Life".

In this section, there are separate pages for English, maths, digital learning (ICT), English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) and functional skills.

These pages give you information about how you can support learners to improve their skills, along with some of the resources, training and other help that unionlearn provides, examples of how other unions and Union Learning Reps (ULRs) have supported members with English, maths and ICT and links to useful websites that can help further.

English, maths and ICT Latest news in this section

Unionlearn annual report shows increasing numbers of ULRs

07 July 2014

Unionlearn has released its annual report for 2013-14. The report shows an increase in the number of union learning reps (ULRs) and the union learning fund (ULF) performing well ahead of expectations.

In her foreword, Mary Bousted, chair of the unionlearn board, says:

SERTUC Learner of the Year Award

14 September 2012 Southern and Eastern

Unionlearn SERTUC would like to invite unions to nominate individual learners for the unionlearn SERTUC Learner of the Year Award.

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(Simon, along with other staff members receiving certificates in learning from the former Education Minister, John Denham MP)

A journey towards overcoming learning difficulties

08 March 2012 Southern and Eastern

Since making the positive decision of taking up learning, Simon Cotton has gained a tremendous amount of self-belief and is far more able to communicate effectively.

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Changes to English and Maths Qualifications

07 March 2012

This update gives unions and centres news of recent changes and announcements in the range of qualifications in English and Maths that will be available for funding in 2012/13; and some of the background to what is going on.

The developments with ESOL qualifications

07 March 2012

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications are going through further changes. A major difference will be that instead of discrete ESOL* qualifications learners will be expected to take the same classes as native English speakers and then progress to taking the same qualifications as well.

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