I became a ULR last year after I had completed my URTU Health and Safety Representative course.
What made you want to become a ULR?
Whilst I was on my URTU Health and Safety course, the tutor told me about the role of the ULR within our Union. Due to previously being involved in education when I worked at a college, I thought I would like to get involved in this.
This would allow me to promote learning in the workplace and support my colleagues.
What barriers have you come across in your role as ULR?
Some people think they are too old to learn or donʼt see the need to learn something new. Others also struggle with time due to home life and work commitments.
What have you managed to achieve so far?
I have set up a small URTU Learning Centre on site, which includes a Book Club. I have created a questionnaire about learning needs for people to complete. From this I have managed to sign up a learner on an online course.
What are your learning goals both personally and for the workplace?
I would like to improve the attitude towards learning and provide more information to work colleagues. I would also like to help the business to provide learning.
What support have you received?
Simon Walker (URTU Learning Project Worker) has provided me with lots of information and support and helped introduce me to local colleges and providers. I have also received books for my Book Club.
The employer is accepting the concept of learning but are struggling to commit to time for people to complete learning. At the moment, some members are struggling to see a need for learning. But, I hope to change their views with a Learning Open Day to provide more information.
What future changes would you like to see in relation to learning?
Iʼm not sure at the moment as Iʼm still finding my feet within the new role. However, I would like to see if English, Maths and Information Technology (IT) can be provided on a one-to-one basis, maybe via Skype.
This would help members who are struggling to find time to attend courses.
What do you see as your greatest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement, so far, is getting my Higher National Diploma in Equine Management.
I found that being in the education system was great and I love learning. This is why I would like to help others to gain more skills and qualifications.