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Unionlearn signs up to UK Digital Inclusion Charter

14 April 2014 Supporting learners

Unionlearn has signed up to support the UK Digital Inclusion Charter, launched to mark the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. The charter aims to help more people go online.

The Charter says:

"11 million people in the UK lack basic digital skills and capabilities. The consequences are profound. Without access, skills, motivation and trust people will continue to be digitally excluded, with a real social and human impact; affecting job prospects, health, education and more. 

New report illustrates trade union contribution to making successful apprenticeships

07 April 2014 Apprenticeships

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has released a new report, produced by unionlearn, which illustrates the contribution trade unions are making throughout Europe to the success of apprenticeship systems.

TUC Health & Safety Reps Survey 2014

01 April 2014 Health and well-being

The 2014 TUC Health and Safety Representatives Survey is now available, it can be filled in on-line or on paper.

The deadline for return of completed survey forms is Friday 27th June 2014.

The paper version can be requested by email from

Unionlearn sponsors 'Collective Learning Fund Agreements' in the South West

In 2013 unionlearn commissed case study research to access the impact of the ‘Call to Learn’ project. The publication, Call to Learn – TUC unionlearn South West collective action for lifelong learning, identifies the benefits and challenges of developing Collective Learning Funds (CLFs) to unions and to management and provides five CLF development case studies.

Video highlights work of ULRs in mid-life career reviews

19 March 2014 Supporting learners

A new video featuring personal accounts from union learning reps (ULRs) about how they delivered activities, utilised resources and engaged colleagues to discuss their career has been launched. The Supporting Mid-life Development video has been produced by unionlearn.

The video is the latest tool in the supporting learner's suite of resources and contains footage of ULRs discussing their experience of the Mid-life Career Review pilot project.

One participant said:

Inspire future workers

Give up an hour of your day and help inspire a new generation of trade union members and activists. Unionlearn is calling on union reps – and ordinary union members – to sign up to Inspiring the Future.

Inspiring the Future is a free service where volunteers pledge one hour a year to go into state schools and colleges to talk about their job, career and the education route they took. So far, 12,000 volunteers have signed up, along with 4,200 teachers from 2,500 schools and colleges.

TUC Health & Safety Stage 1 Course - Aberdeen

14 March 2014 Scotland TUC Education

TUC Education in Partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College* is offering a Health & Safety Stage 1 course in Aberdeen during the Spring 2014 Term.  Currently there are still places available for this course and we would welcome applications from newly appointed Health & Safety Reps or from those existing reps who would simply like to update there skills and knowledge. (*Formerly Stow College)

Course Title: Health & Safety Stage 1

Mode of Attendance: 2 x 5 Day Blocks

Union Reps Stage 1 Course - Fife College (Kirkcaldy)

12 March 2014 Scotland TUC Education

There are still places available on the forthcoming TUC Union Representatives Stage 1 Course at Fife College, Kirkcaldy commencing April 2014.

This 10 day course is for newly appointed Trade Union Reps and will run over 10 days, details as below:

Course - Union Reps Stage 1

Dates - 10 Mondays from 14th April 2014

Timings - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Venue - Fife College, St. Byrcedale Campus, St. Brycedale Avenue, Kirkcaldy

Course Tutor - Jim Walker

Poor adult numeracy could cost UK economy £20 billion a year

12 March 2014 Maths

More than one in three adults feel held back by poor numeracy in daily life....

Unionlearn pays tribute to Bob Crow

11 March 2014

Tom Wilson, Director of Unionlearn, has paid tribute to Bob Crow, the General Secretary of the RMT, who died today aged 52.

Tom Wilson said:

"Bob Crow and the RMT were great supporters of union learning. We are very saddened by the news of his death.

"The RMT membership includes many disadvantaged rail workers – cleaners, track workers. Their union helped support them in developing their skills and opportunities as well as fighting to improve their terms and conditions."



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