What is unionlearn?
Unionlearn is the learning and skills organisation of the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Trade unions work to protect employee rights for their members through collective bargaining. Unionlearn works to assist unions in the delivery of learning opportunities for their members, as well as managing the Union Learning Fund (ULF).
What does unionlearn do?
Over the past 12 years, more than 30,000 Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) have been trained, and more than 220,000 people are being given training and learning opportunities through their union every year.
Unionlearn is also responsible for providing education and training opportunities for workplace reps and professionals via TUC Education. Each year, more than 50,000 trade union reps enrol in trade union education courses organised by the TUC.
"Changing lives through learning"
Union learning is growing fast – almost every union is now involved in union learning, supported by unionlearn, helping hundreds of thousands of learners at all levels, from basic numeracy and literacy to degree level qualifications.
In a 2010 survey of 400 employers, with a total of 6 million employees, 87% said that they wanted to continue to support union learning, with two-thirds saying that it benefited the organisation and 81% saying it benefited the individual.
Every major political party, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Conservative, has voiced strong support for unionlearn.
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- Unionlearn Annual Report 2017 (and previous annual reports)
- Survey of ULRs and union reps supporting learning and skills, 2014
- Union Learning Survey, May 2015
- Tackling Disadvantage: The unionlearn effect in opening up learning and skills
- Unionlearn Strategy for Supporting Learners (2014)
- Still making a difference – The continuing impact of trade union education on Britain’s workplaces.
- Unionlearn towards 2015
Learn more about unionlearn
- Why we're here
- Who we are
- Union Learning Reps
- Union Learning Fund
- TUC Education
- Unionlearn conference
- Research into union learning
- Who we work with
- Quality Award