Usdaw Mobile Learning Centre helps workers access digital skills

With many people not having access to IT equipment or a workplace learning centre Usdaw’s Mobile Learning Centre is proving a vital resource to allow workers to develop digital skills.

Usdaw Mobile Learning Centre

Usdaw Project Worker Lawrence Miller has seen retail learners in the unions Southern Division continue to enjoy the benefits of Usdaw’s mobile learning centre as it visits an increasing number of stores across the region.

Lawrence said:

It’s grown in popularity, especially in austerity hit areas where people cannot afford a lap- top, tablet or even sometimes a mobile phone”.

The Centre has 12 laptops available now after an injection of funding from the EULF. Each laptop has a mouse to aid easier learning and each has windows 10 and outlook 365 so it is equipped to run a range of digital skills courses.

Lawrence explained:

We have just completed the second basic ICT course at Tesco Thornton Heath where ULRs Cleveril Baptiste and Julie Conlon are liaising with the employer and the local community to make this successful.”

Julie said:

We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to work as Usdaw reps delivering these courses in our workplace as without the mobile learning centre this would just not have happened”

Lawrence added that it helps that Julie is very “hands on” and is very computer literate and said:

She has been instrumental in getting the computers updated when required.”

Two new digital skills courses are planned - at Tesco Addlestone and Brixton. Scott Berti Tesco store manager at Addlestone says;

I have been trying to get support for colleagues to get online to view their wage slips and order their uniform but I did not have the resources to help colleagues so a big thanks to Lawrence and the Usdaw team who were really helpful in accommodating this training.”

MULR Chaya Patel has been instrumental in helping organise the ICT course at Tesco Brixton where Paul Hutley the Tesco area people partner, offered learners matched time off work to attend the course.

Paul said

This is a fabulous opportunity for our colleagues to upskill themselves and a huge benefit to Tesco as an employer.”

Usdaw continues to promote learning to all their members and the mobile learning centre is another tool to help upskill and (fingers crossed) give better job prospects to our learners.