Case studies

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Apprenticeship advocates at Bury Council

Historically, Bury Council had not actively engaged with the Apprenticeship agenda, apart from a few individually recruited apprentices into Adult Care Services. However the Council, with the full support of the Chief Executive, has begun to get involved in Apprenticeships in a coordinated way and to see them as an investment in a potential future workforce.

Apprenticeships at Caterpillar

As production demand peaked and recruitment to meet business needs was begun in earnest, Caterpillar became increasingly aware of a significant skills gap in their workforce.

Argos Magna Park – Apprenticeships Scheme

Lifelong learning has been well established across 6 Argos Distribution sites and learning opportunities are available to over 2000 staff members. The Lifelong learning agenda at Argos was formalised in a learning agreement initially signed between the Unite union and management at the Argos Magna Park site in 2006.

Newcastle Council Apprenticeships

As the most recent recipient of the Quality Award for its comprehensive and partnership approach to the Apprenticeship Framework, Newcastle City Council are a fantastic example of how employers and individuals can benefit from investing time and money in high quality skills and training.

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

The opportunities and all-round support provided by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council for their Apprenticeships, through working in partnership with providers, external agencies and trade unions, has just earned them the unionlearn Quality Award.

Shipshape training for apprentices at Babcock Marine

Like many young people in today’s uncertain economic climate, Ben Sharpe was unsure as to what career path he wanted to explore after studying Graphics, Film Studies and Music Technology at North Devon College.

South Tyneside Homes

South Tyneside Homes is the arms-length management organisation (ALMO) set up by South Tyneside Council on 1 April 2005. They manage, maintain and improve homes and estates in South Tyneside.

The Art of 'Diploma-cy'!

Thanks to the ongoing work of unionlearn, with the Northern TUC's bespoke Higher Level Skills project, another group of dedicated learners have been awarded a Level 5 qualification in the shape of a Chartered Management Institute Diploma!

Slade Green Learning Centre

Two years ago, RMT union branch secretary and ULRs Tom Collins and John Collins, negotiated a learning centre at the Slade Green Southeastern Railway engineering depot. The Learning Centre came off the back of a learning agreement signed by Lewisham College Trade Union Studies and Southeastern Trains.

The Co-Operative Group - Stoke

The Lifelong Learning Centre, located within the new Co-Operative Pharmacy National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Meir Park, Staffordshire, has just passed its 1 year anniversary of delivering learning opportunities to staff and members. The successful learning that has taken place has been recognised in a learning agreement signed between Usdaw and NDC.