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.
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.
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.
Investing in sustainability skills is vital for the future prospects of both trade union learners as well as the wider British economy.
Skills utilisation is a policy term that refers to “the use of skills” in the workplace. In recent years there has been an increasing awareness among policy makers that greater consideration needs to be given by employers and unions to making the best use of existing or newly acquired skills.
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.
Unionlearn has produced a short handout on some of the key arguments on benefits of learning in the health sector. The handout is a resource summarising central business arguments for employers and benefits for health sector employees that negotiators may wish to raise with health sector employers.
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.
The right to request time to train came into operation from 6 April 2010 for employers with workers of 250 and more.