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It's not rocket science - girls need encouragement to pursue STEM careers

Clare Moody MEP talks about STEM skills for women at Southwest TUC event, 23 June 2015 ©Private
Yesterday, Tuesday 23 June, was National Women in Engineering Day. I spoke to employers, teachers, trade unions and other interested organisations at a South West TUC event to focus on women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As well as being Labour's spokesperson for Space,...

Teaching Excel with Tesco's help

Community room at Tesco superstore in Poole ©Private
You know the saying – there is no such thing as a free lunch, well at Tesco , there is. Maybe not a lunch as such, but certainly coffee and biscuits with the free learning space. As a digital champion for the Bournemouth and District Branch of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrist, the...

Drawing on experience to support apprentices

PFA reps visit PCS learning reps at HMRC Southend with Oreleo ©Private
I was born in Wimbledon South London and went to school in Essex. At sixteen, I was fortunate to join an air conditioning company to begin a 4-year apprenticeship in Electrical Installation. The Engineering Industry Training Board (EITB) sent me to SENTRA in Shoeburyness for my broad-based training....

Writing about working class history

Angela Remembered cover image ©Private
I was interested in Trade Union history, but it was a chance remark by someone that the full story of Angela Gradwell Tuckett had never been told that inspired me. My advice to any fellow trade unionists who want to explore and write about working class history is to choose your subject well,...

Who doesn’t want to learn? Reflections from Learning at Work Week

Happiness and Well-being at work session held during Learning at Work Week at the TUC ©Private
I remember fondly one of my first Learning at Work events at Balham Job Centre Plus hosted by one of the most vivacious union learning reps (ULRs) I have had the pleasure to work with. She had put on a fantastic day of events to include salsa dancing, massages, manicures. I wasn’t quite sure how I...