Case Studies

Climate Week in Dorset highlights local action

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.

Stepping up to Fitness - Forest of Dean Council

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.

Prison Officers take learning beyond the walls

11 November 2013 South West Learning Centres

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.

Alison takes her learning forward with help from RAP

15 October 2013 South West Higher learning

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.

Unionlearn helps Lisa fit in higher learning around work and care

15 October 2013 South West Higher learning

Lisa Marie Allen is an Assistant Technical Officer working at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) in the Sterile Services department. Lisa has cared for her terminally ill mother since she was 18, resulting in her not being able to attend college in the past. However after reading a leaflet about unionlearn’s Raising Aspirations Project she felt inspired to try out Higher Education.

Howzat! for a great Learning at Work Day

L@WD Babcock CricketAs England retain the Ashes what better time for workers at Babcocks in Appledore to don their whites and put bat to ball, taking on a team from Barnstaple based engineering firm J+S Ltd in a 20 / 20 cricket match, all part of the years Learning at Work Day.

What's Roman ever done for us?

The CWU Learning Centre in the Royal Mail continues to deliver lots of high quality training to staff, a lot through the recent Tribal Learning offer. These fully funded short courses offer a range of distance learning programmes, and can lead to nationally accredited qualifications. They are free and available in workbooks and online.

ATL reps learn to spot mental health issues

ATL reps learn to spot mental health issues

1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 - 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder, around three children in every class, and cases of depression amongst young people have doubled over the last two decades. Also more than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood yet less than half were treated appropriately at the time. 95% of imprisoned young offenders have a mental health disorder.

Learning at the centre of the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

Tolpuddle Martyrs FestivalInspiring working people to take up new learning opportunities has always been a central part of the trade union movement, and where better to highlight the work of union learning than at the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival in Dorset.

Unionlearn event helps reps support learners at work

Union Learning Reps and officers from across the region had an opportunity this June to find out more about unionlearn’s Supporting Learners strategy as one of a series of training days being delivered across the country, by National and Regional unionlearn staff, visited the South West.