Usdaw partnership promotes English and Maths success at Tesco Goole

Last year saw yet more success in English and Maths for staff at the Tesco Goole Distribution Centre when more than 30 members of staff received their English and maths certificates in just one quarter. All thanks to Usdaw ULRs and their work building a partnership.

Some of Usdaw's English and Maths learners in Goole
Usdaw English and maths learners at Goole Tesco's

The learners are latest beneficiaries of a lifelong learning partnership at the site that has seen over 140 people take part in English and Maths courses.

Usdaw Union Learning Rep (ULR) Keith Springate said:

Usdaw and Tesco have been working together with Profound Services for a while now.”

We have a team of ULRs who promote the courses and help to set them up. Profound’s tutors do the rest and they have an excellent record of success.”

 Profound Services provide work-based learning and employability programmes, as well as running a successful warehouse and forklift training centre, and based in County Durham.

Barry Nelson is Operations Manager with Profound. He said:

We are proud to be involved with this project.”

For a lot of these workers, English is a second language so to have 142 completions is really fantastic and shows the commitment of the students. It’s also been a success story for Profound and a privilege to work with a union management partnership.”

Usdaw ULR Andy Rowley was one of those who took the class. Andy said:

I took the English Course to see how it worked and to gain a better qualification than I received at school.”

The course was fun and interesting, learning new skills and understanding the work better.  I progressed to the next level of English and passed both levels. I progressed to sit and learn Maths with great success. I recommend everyone to take up the Learning Challenge.”

Other students were full of praise for the course, Marian Viscol said:

I come to this course to improve my English, to speak and write better than my knowledge (sic).”

Our teacher Joanne is a very good person and always trying to help us when we need (sic). Thanks TESCO and Profound Group for the chance to learn English and don’t forget about USDAW.”

Katazyna Stanislawa Wegrzn added:

I joined the USDAW English Course because I wanted to feel more comfortable when speaking with my workmates.  I was surprised how quickly I stopped being stressed and joined conversations with everyone around! I improved my English and built self-confidence, so I’ve achieved two goals at once.”