Celebrating learning at URTU’s annual learning conference

The URTU Annual Learning Conference was held at the De Vere Orchard Hotel, Nottingham last March. The unions ULR’s and Project Workers gathered with colleagues from the CWU to hear about updates and find new ways to support learners.

URTU Learning Conference

Following a successful joint union learning workshop for reps from both URTU and Communication Workers Union (CWU) earlier in the year, this was the first time that delegates from both unions attended the Annual Learning Conference. Both unions said it was really helpful to share ideas and good practice.

On a bright sunny day URTU Learning project worker Agnieszka Zamonski welcomed the 20 delegates and speakers by opening the conference with a lively demonstration of Kahoot.

Kahoot is a free game-based learning platform which makes it easy to create, share and play fun learning games and quizzes. Delegates had the opportunity to see how this could be used to engage people at work into learning.

Jane Warwick, from unionlearn, then delivered a Supporting Mid-Life Development: Transferable Skills workshop.

The sessions aimed to help delegates:

  • Gain a better understanding of what transferable skills are.
  • Provide information on the Erasmus+ MidLife Skills Review project.
  • Experience the Transferable Skills workshop.
  • Review your own skills.
  • Explore resources.

Delegates worked in pairs to identify their own transferable skills and were interested to realise that everyone has a lot of skills developed at work, and life generally, that can be taken into different situations and careers.

Jane explained that the project she is leading aims to develop an online course to train and develop a network of mid-life skills champions. These champions will lead one-to-one reviews of mid-life skills.

Jane said: 

It was great to see the URTU reps so engaged in this Supporting Mid-life Developmentworkshop. The new online transferable skills was really well received by all who attended. One rep said that this was the first time he had ever had the opportunity to review his transferable skills in this way.”

To end the day, URTU Learning project workers, Simon Walker and Judith Swift, led a question and answer session which included the launch of the new URTU Learning website.

Delegates had a busy and engaging day and course evaluations demonstrated that delegates found the day “excellent” and “very worthwhile”.

The 2020 URTU Learning Conference is scheduled for March 27th in Nottingham.