Case Studies

Calling time on Women's Wasted Potential

28 July 2014 Midlands

An International Women’s Day Inspiring Change Event

Mary Alys, who died in May 2013, was a key union voice on skills in the Midlands for over a decade in her roles at the helm of the region’s TUC Learning Services and then unionlearn. She was also a lifelong feminist and peace campaigner and a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom for more than 30 years. She firmly believed in the power of learning to transform people’s lives.

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University Hospital of North Staffordshire

28 July 2014 Midlands

When arrangements for an IT course for ancillary staff in the University Hospital of North Staffordshire HSDU sterile services (the decontamination unit) fell through, unionlearn in the Midlands tutors were able to step in and run the course.

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Giving Young People a say in the Apprenticeships of the Future

28 July 2014 Midlands

Unionlearn in the Midlands has helped to ensure that young people have a say in what the apprenticeships of the future should look like by inviting them to take part in a government consultation.

In April, the government department Business, Skills and Innovation (BIS) and the TUC and unionlearn Apprenticeships are Union Business project funded by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) brought together a group of young apprentices from across the region at Rolls Royce in Derby to hear what they had to say about their apprenticeships, both good and bad.

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BFAWU Shop Steward, Sameena Kosar

28 July 2014 Midlands

Bakers’ union BFAWU shop steward Sameena Kosar is using her own inspiring learning journey to encourage other Asian women workers at the Premier Foods Bakery in Stoke-on-Trent to access the learning opportunities the union has set up at its Learning Centre. She has has joined forces with the BFAWU union learning reps (ULRs) team at the bakery to try to break down some of the barriers faced by women working part-time and shifts while raising young families, in some cases as single parents, and encourage them to get back to learning.

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Cook Well, Eat Well

25 July 2014 Midlands

Unionlearn recently teamed up with the Children’s Food Trust programme, Let’s Get Cooking, to promote a fun and practical way for trade union reps to improve health and well-being in their workplaces by learning to cook and eat healthy food. Reps from public service unions organising in the health service, local councils, the fire brigade and HMRC across the East Midlands gathered to see what was on offer at the hands-on, practical one-day Cook Well, Work Well training event at Derby’s Riverside Centre in June 2013.

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Learning is for everyone: Learning Representative, Maive Coley

25 July 2014 Midlands

Maive ColeyHealthcare assistant and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Learning Representative is determined to ensure that learning is for everyone in the NHS. That includes low-paid women workers like her who now make up a large part of the caring workforce in hospitals and often spend more time than nurses at patients' besides.

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Sign Language Classes at Tesco Stoke

25 July 2014 Midlands

Shop worker and sign-language expert Sarah Shelly-Burton is one of a growing number of peer-to-peer teachers who are helping USDAW's lifelong learning agenda by volunteering to teach and share skills with their colleagues. Sarah has been able to sign from a young age as both her parents are hearing impaired.

"I use to sit on the bed and my mum use to teach me as a child. I could sign before I could speak so I've been using sign as a first language all my life," she said.

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Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Health and Social Care

25 July 2014 Midlands

According to public services union Unison, high quality care is best delivered by competent and motivated staff. Its union learning representatives (ULRs) work in partnership with employers throughout the health and social care sector to provide learning and training opportunities for the care workforce. But with less than one in four unqualified care workers a member of a union it also wanted to reach out and help to set up learning opportunities in non-unionised workplaces in the sector.

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Helping to Increase Apprentice Pay

25 July 2014 Midlands

The campaign for a Living Wage has gone from strength to strength since London Citizens launched its campaign in 2001. Its aim is to ensure that workers earn enough to provide their family with the essentials of life. It allows people to “live” – not just exist. Since the campaign began, it has added millions of pounds to the pay of low-paid workers and lifted thousands of families out of working poverty.

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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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