Danny Corfe was elected as a Union Learning Rep (ULR) with Usdaw in September 2008, joining a team of reps at Bakemark, now CSM, in Bromborough, Merseyside. During that time, Danny has progressed on to becoming the ULR coordinator for the on-site Learning Centre and built a new team of reps.
Over the past 10 years, there have been fundamental changes to working practices at the site including changes in management, recruitment of staff and changes to shift patterns. Through all of these changes, the union learning centre has continued to offer a wide accessible learning offer including both tutor-led and distance learning courses.
The workplace learning is underpinned with local partnership working with Adult Learning Services through the local council and Trade Union Education Units.
Danny has worked closely with Usdaw Shop Stewards and Health and Safety reps to keep Lifelong Learning high on the union agenda. The learning centre is seen as an integral part of the Union offer on-site.
This has been achieved by regularly providing updates on learning activity at branch meetings and running successful promotion days in the staff canteen. Danny also attends new starter inductions to promote the Learning resources onsite and representing his union branch at conferences and forums.
Divisional Project Worker Julia Baldwin said:
Danny is a thoroughgoing administrator, a key skill for a Learning Centre co-ordinator. He keeps up to date learner records and manages the learning centre finances through the on-site Learning Fund.”
Working with the company is also an integral part of Danny’s role as coordinator allowing for Danny to link Lifelong Learning in with the company’s training and development offer.
One of the recent developments and examples of working together is the work delivered around Dyslexia. On top of all the work Danny has done with the learning centre and branch he has also been successful in securing £900 Learning Funding to specifically offer Dyslexia Awareness courses for both management and the union rep team and to purchase support resources for staff through the Learning Centre.
The Learning Centre and the specific projects delivered are overseen by the Learning Committee who has set up a specific Dyslexia Steering Group allowing for regular feedback and evaluation.
For the last 10 years I’ve been a ULR I have enjoyed helping people better themselves within and outside the business, it’s a good feeling knowing that you made a difference in their life , knowing they can trust you to come to me with their problem’s.”
Over the years I’ve help people get more qualified in their job with team leading NVQ level2 and management level 3, and many functional skills and I still have more to give.”
Julia summed up Danny’s support to colleagues saying:
Danny is a very competent and confident rep who has played a major role in bringing learning to staff.”
He is a very active ULR, who is always striving to offer affordable and accessible learning to our members at CSM”.