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Learning & Skills Policy Update October 2014

This newsletter is intended to keep unions and other stakeholders abreast of policy developments in learning and skills, including providing updates on what the TUC and unionlearn are saying on specific policy issues.

The October 2014 edition includes:

  • Introduction
  • Industrial Partnerships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • Technician pathways project
  • English and maths
  • 24+ Advanced Learning Loans
  • Skills Policy Round-up

TUC Education Courses for all Union Reps (Scotland)

The latest edition of the TUC Education in Scotland Course Programme Booklet gives details of TUC Education Courses on offer in Scotland from January to June 2015.  Should you wish to apply for a place on a TUC Education Course an Course Application Form is included at the back of the booklet on page 33 or can be downloaded as a PDF.

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TUC education courses 2014-15 - North West

This booklet gives details of the TUC Education Course Programme in the North West of England for the period September 2014 to July 2015 and also contains a Course Application Form.

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TUC Education Annual Report 2014

Each year, more than 80,000 trade union representatives enrol in trade union education courses organised by the TUC or by its affiliated unions.

TUC Education offers high quality, accredited union reps training through a partnership with a network of FE colleges across the UK.

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Wales TUC Education courses for union reps

Wales TUC Education Service organises a programme of accredited courses for trade union representatives. This booklet gives details of the course programme for the period September 2014 to July 2015 and also contains a Course Application Form.

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TUC education courses 2014-15 - Midlands

This booklet gives details of the TUC Education Course Programme in the Midlands of England for the period September 2014 to July 2015 and also contains a Course Application Form.

Trade union shop stewards, health and safety and union learning representatives are being encouraged enrol on TUC education courses that start from 15 September. The courses cover everything a union representative needs to know to help and support their members in the workplace.

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Unionlearn briefing on BIS Adult Literacy and Numeracy report

The House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee has highlighted the positive role that unionlearn plays in supporting unions and union learning reps to help workers to improve their literacy and numeracy skills. Adult Literacy and Numeracy is the published report of an inquiry conducted earlier this year by the Select Committee.

Unionlearn Strategy for Supporting Learners (2014)

This strategy for Supporting Learners (April 2014 to March 2017) has been developed to support the delivery of impartial learning and careers advice services to union learners. This is the second three-year strategy since unionlearn was launched. It is an underpinning strategy for all unionlearn activity with the primary aim of making all learning and progression opportunities available to all working people, particularly those who are disadvantaged in the workplace. The contribution of union learning representatives (ULRs) is vital to the success of this strategy.

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Learning Rep - Autumn 2014 Edition

In the fourth edition of the Learning Rep E-magazine, we have the following:

Falling off the radar: The impact of living off-line

This report, compiled by Ana Lopes, UWE, is based on presentations and sessions presented at the ‘Falling off the Radar: the impact of living off line’ one-day conference that took place in Tiverton, Devon, 23 June 2014.

The conference was organised by a steering team that included unionlearn, UWE (Centre for Employment Studies Research), Transform4 Work, Unite Community, POA Dartmoor, Cosmic and Citizens Advice Bureau. 

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