Skills Investment

At a time when the government is significantly reducing public investment in skills, there is a greater imperative on private investment from employers and individuals.

Employer Engagement

Through the work of union learning reps and education officers, learning is increasingly a core part of what we do. Vitally, it is becoming part and parcel of the deal that union negotiators can offer to their members.

Technician Pathways

Unionlearn is leading a two-year project entitled 'Technician pathways' promoting the trade union role in delivering professional registration for technicians working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Skills for a Green Economy

Investing in sustainability skills is vital for the future prospects of both trade union learners as well as the wider British economy.

Government funding and regulation

This section of the website looks at the issue of funding, including the different forms of investment that government, employers and individuals undertake to support learning and skills.

NHS Learning for Life campaign

The campaign aims to grow a learning culture across the NHS, engaging, especially, the lower pay bands of staff to take up learning and encourage unions and employers to develop learning agreements.

Sector Skills Councils

Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are independent, employer-led, UK–wide organisations. The network of licensed Sector Skills Councils aim to address skills needs within and across sectors.


Skills Investment Latest news in this section

Skills support success in Cornwall

Unionlearn in Cornwall is supporting trade unions with the ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence project Skills Support for Redundancy (SSR).

Employer Ownership Pilot and Industrial Partnerships - Invite to attend unionlearn seminars

03 September 2013 Skills investment

Unionlearn is holding two forthcoming meetings to raise awareness amongst union officials and reps about the ongoing development of the Employer Ownership Pilot and the establishment of a number of Industrial Partnerships over the coming months under Round 2 of the pilot.

Key surveys for union reps - send us your views

25 July 2013 Skills investment

The Right to request time to train and 24+ Advanced Learning Loans policies will both impact on workplace participation in learning but in different ways.

Learning & Skills Policy Update - May 2013

08 May 2013 Skills investment

This newsletter contains an update on recent learning and skills policy developments and a wide range of union learning initiatives

Engineering Technicians – an opportunity to make a difference

26 February 2013 Skills investment

We are inviting engineering technicians to take part in some very important research into their careers, progression and development opportunities. This is an important project which is part of a much wider drive to enhance the contribution engineers make to the UK economy and will help us understand and act on the needs and aspirations of the people who respond to this survey.