Higher learning at work

Higher learning at work is about ways to progress in your learning. Higher learning is for everybody, and many opportunities are suitable for workplace learning.

Traditional entry requirements may not be necessary – your life and work experience will make a difference, and you can learn about higher level study skills as you go along.

Higher level learning (HE) leads to qualifications at Level 4 or above, such as degrees, Foundation Degrees, higher national diplomas, NVQs Level 4 and 5 and other professional qualifications.

However, it is not all about qualifications, you can also do small chunks of learning as CPD (Continuing Professional Development) to bring your skills and knowledge up to date.

Unionlearn and its partners, the Open University, the National Careers Service (NCS), Linking London and the Sector Skills Councils have created a range of resources to help you to find out more about the different routes and pathways you can take through higher learning. The resources give access to information about funding available to make your learning more affordable and, if you are a union member, there may be special discounts and bursaries arranged through your union or unionlearn.

These resources will be useful to you if you are a union member or a rep, and also to all other working adults interested in progressing to higher learning, including apprentices. If you are a workplace mentor, tutor or assessor or a Human Resources professional or training officer you will find a range of resources to help you to advise learners, and you can check out ways of working with unions to change lives through learning.

Download or order a range of publications to help you in the workplace, including the higher learning at work series.

There is also a range of websites and resources to help find funding, courses, advice and plenty more.

Higher learning at work Latest news in this section

Trade union members take advantage of Birkbeck discount

15 September 2014 Southern and Eastern

Trade union members have an opportunity to take advantage of a deal that has seen hundreds of their fellow members return to higher education. In recent years, trade union members have benefited from nearly £400,000 in discounts to study at Birkbeck, University of London.

Employers predict crisis - Britain needs a skills rise

07 August 2014

New research published on Wednesday by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) shows that 43% of employers believe a skills crisis could happen in the next 12 months. According to research by the Prince's Trust and HSBC, 73% of employers think a significant skills crisis could hit the UK in the next three years, while 13% said they already have a significant skills crisis.

Minister pays tribute to unionlearn's work

30 June 2014

The Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise has paid tribute to unionlearn's work reaching out to disadvantaged workers, the Technician Pathways project and supporting quality apprenticeships and traineeships. Matthew Hancock MP told the unionlearn conference last week:

"You deserve credit for reaching out to disadvantaged workers – people who face some of the biggest barriers to accessing in training and development at work – but who arguably, have much to gain from it.

TUC calls for everyone to have opportunity to gain meaningful qualifications

18 June 2014

The TUC General Secretary has said that everyone should have the opportunity to gain meaningful qualifications.

National Extension College launches 2014 learning challenge

02 June 2014

The National Extension College (NEC) is launching a series of free courses during 2014, under the title 2014 Learning Challenge. The first course, 'Personal Development Planning' was launched during Learning at Work Week and runs for the month of May.

The course is aimed people who are working as or aspiring to work as a first line manager, or in order to gain a promotion.

The course will help learners to: