Case Studies

Prince Rock Learning Centre throws it doors open to staff

10 July 2014 South West

Early morning on Wednesday 18th June Union Learning Reps from Plymouth City Council opened up the Learning Suite at Prince Rock. The Suite was open from 7.30 to 4.30 in the afternoon to ensure people on different shifts all had a chance to attend the event. This approach worked, and 34 staff members popped in throughout the day, with a few actually attending twice. Some had already completed courses, whilst others where dropping in to see what it was all about.

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ULRs urge crowds Call the Midwife at Carnival

08 July 2014 South West

A Union Learning Rep (ULR) from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) at Poole Maternity Hospital brought midwives, families and friends together to take part in the 48th Corfe Mullen Carnival - and spread the message of good quality health care to thousands of onlookers.

Jillian Ireland, RCM ULR, said; “Our 'Call the Midwife' entry was designed to be a Union activity under the banner of having fun but also to promote the simple basic aspects of maternity/human care that we have seen in the TV programme.”

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It's Miles better with Union Learning

03 June 2014 South West

Union members, along with their friends and family, from across Dorset and beyond spent a day at the Miles Cross Farm Education and Enterprise Centre on Feburary 1st. The Centre, based  just outside Bridport, had put on a series of practical taster sessions and workshops for them to have a go at.

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Portland Centre shines a light on learning

23 April 2014 South West

Roger Davies, a ULR from the Prison Officers Association (POA) has been busy setting up a new learning centre at Portland Young Offenders Institute, and the hard work has been rewarded by loads of new learners. Though the centre has only just opened but is already proving very popular with prison workers and their families, many of whom have signed up for courses ranging from IT to literacy and mental health awareness to bicycle maintenance.

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Climate Week in Dorset highlights local action

10 March 2014 South West

Climate Week in March has become a regular event and chance to highlight how people can work together to reduce their carbon footprint, both at work and home. 

Roger Bell is Environment Officer at Unisons Dorset Local Government Branch. Since starting the role late last year has wasted no time getting involved in promoting energy saving and green skills. He has already linked up with South West Unionlearn to deliver Energy Best Deal sessions and saw Climate Week as a way to get the word out to more council workers.

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Stepping up to Fitness - Forest of Dean Council

06 February 2014 South West

Staff in the Forest of Dean District Council are taking steps to improve their health and fitness thanks to an idea from the local Union Learning Rep.

Many of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work and it's all too easy to become very inactive.  Research shows that nearly 80% of the UKs population is not active enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle, yet only very small changes at work and how we travel to and from work, can make a BIG difference.

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Many ways to learn

11 December 2013

On 20th June 2013,  PCS ULRs delivered an event that engaged with the whole workforce with the idea of learning to celebrate Learning at Work Day. The event was held at the HMRC in Central London with funding secured from the FDA. There were 5 separate sessions delivered on the day with each session well attended.

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Meet the mentors from the ministry

03 December 2013

Civil Service union learning reps are improving their own skills by helping students through the Public Sector Mentoring Scheme (PSMS).

The First Division Association (FDA) and Civil Service Fast Stream development programme have joined together to develop union learning reps (ULRs) as mentors for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Middlesex University, which has a socio-economically diverse student base, designed the training programme and recruited the initial mentees, 80% of them from black and minority ethnic and 70% women.

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Prison Officers take learning beyond the walls

11 November 2013 South West

POA Learning CentreIn the centre of the bleak moors that make up large parts of Devon lies HMP Dartmoor.  Dominating Princetown, the prison was  built during the Napoleonic Wars to hold French prisoners.  The prison later held Americans during the war of Independence and notable prisoners such as Irish labour leader Michael Davitt and 1100 conscientious objectors, such as Labour Co-operative politician Fred Longden.

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Alison takes her learning forward with help from RAP

15 October 2013 South West

Alison Harmer works at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) in Trelisk as the Outpatient Data Quality and Overseas Visitor Officer. Alison has negative experiences of the education system and left school at 16 with 3 “O” levels to become a filing clerk at a wholesale company. However following a personal development review she contacted the Trusts Training Manager, Helen Lynch, to find out what learning opportunities might be available. Helen mentioned the Raising Aspirations Project and things spiralled.

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