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Unionlearn to be featured on ITV programme on maths ability in UK

29 October 2014

Unionlearn will be featured on a television programme on ITV looking at the issue of poor numeracy in the UK on Thursday (30 October).

The show, Trouble with Numbers: Tonight, will be broadcast on ITV, STV, UTV at 19:30.

The ITV website describes the show as:

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New Learning & Skills Policy Update published

14 October 2014

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.

Read the Learning & Skills Policy Update October 2014.

Author Martina Cole tour promotes reading for pleasure

07 October 2014

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.

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Leicester City Council - a model employer for supporting union-led learning

06 October 2014 Midlands

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.

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FBU video raises awareness of Dyslexia

29 September 2014 Midlands

West Midlands Fire Service, in partnership with the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) ULF team, has produced a video to raise awareness of Dyslexia in the workplace. The video, which promotes good practice in supporting employees who have dyslexia is now being used by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

Show Racism the Red Card fringe meeting at Labour Party Conference 2014

18 September 2014 North West

This important fringe event is being held during the Labour Party Conference 2014 in Manchester to provide information......

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Trade union members take advantage of Birkbeck discount

15 September 2014 Southern and Eastern

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.

BECTU's new learning initiative

11 September 2014 North West

BECTU's has launched a new learning initiative the union hopes will encourage more of its members to consider a role as trainers.

John Crumpton, BECTU Regional Learning Organiser, described the initiative:

"Let's begin with a few questions.

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Investment in skills "crucial" for Britain's future - Mark Carney

09 September 2014

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.

Mark Carney told Congress:

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Celebration of Learning 2014 events in the Midlands during October 2014

08 September 2014 Midlands

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:


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