Morrison’s and BFAWU work together in Wakefield

Morrisons Rathbones in Wakefield have been utilising the learning opportunities offered by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) Learning Services to bring various courses to their site and support the workforce develop their skills.

Rathbones learners

The range of courses helps the staff both in their personal and professional development, and the employer has also been supportive in encouraging and releasing their staff to attend the courses and classes.

BFAWU Project Worker Kamran Ali said:

We have over 30 NCFE Level 2 distance learning courses from Team Leading & Warehousing and Storage to Principles of Dementia & Children and Young People’s Mental Health.”

These courses are accredited and fully funded at level 2, which means they are free to the learner and give the learner the freedom to do the course when it suits them. Lots of workers in Morrisons Rathbones have enrolled onto the distance learning courses.”

The BFAWU have been instrumental in promoting the learning opportunities to their colleagues. Sean Malloy the Branch Secretary saw the potential benefits and asked David Ratnik (Union Learner Rep) to drive the project from the union side.

Kamran explained that:

David had over 70 colleagues interested in benefiting from the Functional Skills English classes and after doing assessments to determine levels, we met the Company and learning providers, finally we have classes running. “

David has been supporting shop floor workers with assessments and enrolment paperwork at the classes for the Functional Skills English courses, and been on hand to answer any questions from workplace learners.

As well as distance learning and classroom based Functional Skills classes the union and their workplace ULR, with help from the Learning Services team, has been keen to support good mental health at work.

They have arranged a Mental Health Awareness course run on site. This was delivered by trainer Jo Rowing, who has been delivering these courses for the BFAWU up and down the country – proving very popular with members ad employers alike.

The Mental Health Awareness Course at Rathbones Morrisons was attended by union members and Company Management.

Kamran said:

After attending this course the sites General Manager wants the rest of the workforce to benefit from the Mental Health Awareness Course, and will be working with the union to find the best way forward.”

These are exciting times in regards to learning on site, we will continue to work with the onsite Union reps and management to help workers progress in their learning journey.”