Widening participation is a fundamental part of unionlearn’s mission and we work diligently to provide unions and ULRs with the support, resources and training they require in order to offer their members and other workplace learners an entirely unique learning experience.
It is imperative that we focus on hard to reach learners, who are not likely to access mainstream learning, such as, older workers, those with little to no qualifications and vulnerable workers with no easy access to learning and who we know are less likely to access further training. unionlearn, unions and our partners in learning are in a unique position to support those members and transform their lives.
One of unions’ key contributions to the learning and skills agenda is the ability of Union Learning Reps (ULRs) to engage learners that are otherwise hard for providers to reach.
For 10 years the TUC and unionlearn managed a network of learning centres sharing a common approach to the delivery and support of learning.
Unions and ULRs now work with community groups to extend the benefits of committed learning champions beyond the workplace.
Learning changes lives. It also changes attitudes, provides better job prospects, transforms personal situations and breathes a new confidence into learners. However, many people are still not feeling the benefit of learning – the joy of reading to their children, the discovery of a new talent, or the simple pleasure of acquiring a whole new range of skills.