Usdaw’s Sean is awarded for supporting disadvantaged learners

Usdaw Union Learning Rep (ULR) Sean Dixon has been presented with the unionlearn ULR of the Year Award for Supporting Disadvantaged Learners at this year’s unionlearn Annual Conference.

Sean Dixon
Sean Dixon receiving his Award from Gordon Marsden MP and TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady ©Jess Hurd

Sean works at DHL Castleford and was presented with the award by TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and Gordan Marsden MP at the annual gathering of learning reps, union officers and education providers.

Sean has been keeping very busy at the Learning Centre organising initiatives around functional skills and health and wellbeing at work. Sean has also been very active supporting the sites migrant workers with learning ranging from running focus groups to exploring mental health whilst being away from home to running sessions to improve English skills.

Sean explained:

Migrant workers are an important part of our team. We run Migrant Workers Mental Health drop in sessions, we fully support all levels for functional skills right down to Entry Levels. We always try to keep all learning at the centre inclusive.

I’m really proud to have won this award and I think it fully reflects the amount of work that the ULR team has put in.

Anna Lagan is Warehouse Operatives on the site and fully supported Sean’s award. Anna said:

He has done loads of good, positive, things on our site. We can discuss about our fears, our problems and he makes us feel at ease.

Steve Gallagher is General Manager at DHL Argos in Castleford. Steve said:

I’m really proud of Sean and the work he puts in helping those from a disadvantaged background, and helping people improve themselves.

Sean has always had an interest in learning as Usdaw Lifelong Learning Manager Martyn Warwick explained:

Having come from a training background Sean was already passionate about the agenda. When he joined DHL in Castleford, he found the learning agenda was being driven as much by the union as the company.

Sean found that as a Union Learning Rep he was able to help and support his colleagues in the workplace, tackling inequality, promoting good health and wellbeing and helping members gain skills and qualifications – something that was really important to him.

Unionlearn Director, Kevin Rowan, added:

The unionlearn Annual Conference celebrates workplace learning and the role of unions in supporting members across the country. Union Learning Reps are vital in promoting learning and skills development, which not only helps workers, but also employers – and the awards recognise all their hard work.”

Sean and his team of ULRs have done a fantastic job supporting disadvantaged learners and promoting workplace learning through the Usdaw Learning Centre at DHL Argos Castleford.