A new Learning & Skills Policy Update has been published for October 2014. The edition includes details of the government's pilot of changes to the skills system and skills funding in England through the Employer Ownership Pilot and the TUC's response.
Also covered are potential improvements to Apprentices pay, Ofsted's review of traineeships and the Technician Pathways project.
Bestselling author Martina Cole is to travel Scotland and England in October and November. The tour aims to help The Reading Agency's Six Book Challenge reading for pleasure programme achieve its goal of reaching 50,000 participants in 2015.
Leicester City Council (LCC) and its union learning representatives (ULRs) pretty much tick all the boxes for union-led learning best practice, promoting learning at every opportunity. The local authority has signed a learning agreement with the trade unions providing exemplary facilities for ULRs including a designated ULR room and regular monthly Lifelong Learning Forum meetings.
Trade union members have an opportunity to take advantage of a deal that has seen hundreds of their fellow members return to higher education. In recent years, trade union members have benefited from nearly £400,000 in discounts to study at Birkbeck, University of London.
The Governor of the Bank of England has said that investment in skills is crucial for Britain's future. Speaking at the TUC Congress in Liverpool, Mark Carney highlighted unionlearn's work as an important example of that investment.
Unionlearn Midlands will once again be encouraging ULR activity in the region during the month of October using the Celebration of Learning platform as a way to generate interest in informal learning for you and your colleagues.
This year, working in partnership with ULRs, we are offering to deliver a 1-hour workshop at your workplace on one of the following topics: