Unite signs breakthrough agreement with Nissan

Unite’s North-East, Yorkshire & Humberside region launched its new learning agreement at Nissan with a series of six events across the car manufacturer’s Sunderland plant during Learning at Work Week (LaWW) in May.

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The learning agreement, which covers 7,500 workers, represents the first time the company has worked in partnership with Unite on the learning agenda.

Unite Regional Learning Manager Gill Pearson, explains:

We have an extremely strong Unite branch on site and once the convenor and deputy convenor got involved, they drove it forward, which enabled us to bring our learning on site, something we have been trying to do for many years.”

Through its series of launches across the site, the union was able to engage almost 500 members of staff, says Unite Learning Organiser Anna Lavery.

Anna said:

We now have a pilot of 30 learners studying functional skills English and maths with training provider Stream on Demand; we’ve enrolled members on courses through our online platform LearnWithUnite; and in September we’re going to be launching Keeping Up With The Kids, to help parents help their children with maths homework.”

In addition, Anna and the team of three ULRs on site have been helping the functional skills learners by organising revision sessions on site ahead of their exams, as well as planning a second set of promotional events to enrol even more learners in the autumn.

Many employers in Nissan’s massive supply chain are also getting in touch with Anna to find out what Unite could offer them in terms of workplace learning.

This story first appeared in the Autumn 2019 Learning Rep – click here for the full e-magazine.