Doreen Chappell, Curriculum Manager Skills for Life, received the prestigious unionlearn Quality Award from Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary and Dr Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the ATL (Association of Teachers and Lecturers). The award was made at the unionlearn annual conference, for Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Services' English, Maths and ESOL Provision (including Dyslexia Support). Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Services (LASALS) is one of over 100 education providers to have received the award.
The unionlearn Quality Award is awarded to providers in the learning world who are committed to working with trade unions. Awards are made to providers who demonstrate that unions and union learners are considered in the design, development and delivery of courses and programmes. Those providers achieving the unionlearn Quality Award will be included on the unionlearn website which receives over one million hits per month.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
'I am delighted to see Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Services receive the unionlearn quality award for its outstanding work. Unionlearn is working closely with education providers not only to encourage workplace learning, but also to champion career progression. I am extremely proud of the work of unions and union reps have done in enabling workers to access all levels of education.'
Dr Mary Bousted, ATL General Secretary, said:
'I am delighted to present the unionlearn Quality Award to Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Services in recognition of its excellent work with trade unions. LASALS is playing an important role in raising skills levels throughout Leicester and helping individuals to develop their full potential. As general secretary of a teaching union, I know and respect the hard work undertaken by staff at the organization, which is enabling working people to change their lives through learning.'
Doreen Chappell, Curriculum Manager Skills for Life, said:
'Working in collaboration with union learning reps (ULRs) in order to apply for this award has been an interesting and rewarding process. The value ULRs bring to our organisation cannot be overestimated; they have the ear of staff, they encourage them to participate and are able also to advocate on their behalf when managers may be reluctant to release them for classes. Having this award endorses this work and enables us to ensure that we are providing a quality service.'
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