Case studies

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New hope blossoms from Tulip closure

More than 100 workers at a Wirral meat processing factory have been given the chance for a new start thanks to a partnership between Unite, unionlearn and local colleges. Many have now been given new skills and accreditation to help them apply for new jobs, following the plant’s closure. Unite...

Newcastle City Council

Felicity Mendelson, Senior Learning and Development Officer, Newcastle City Council, and UNISON Union Learning Representative (ULR) has been involved in unionlearn projects since 2001, when she oversaw the setting up of a learning centre for City Council staff. Since then the Council has gone from...

ULR Waseem Tahir excels as a mature student

Waseem Tahir started his career as a cinema projectionist and worked in the cinema trade for six years before he was made redundant. He used this as an opportunity to develop his skills, initially working in a customer services role at the Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council and moving on to co...

Joanne Maxwell - Higher Levels Skills project

Joanne Maxwell , an Environmental Health Technical Officer at Northumberland County Council embodies the need and demand for the Higher Levels Skills project in the northern region. Like many others, Joanne left school with a few O Levels and went straight into the world of work, believing she wasn...

From Skills for Life to higher learning

The Highdown Union Learning Centre, situated outside HMP High Down, was set up in conjunction with the Prison Service and the POA union in 2006 and is part of the U-Net unionlearn network of learning centres. It is open to 700 plus staff from the local and surrounding prisons. The Centre offers a...

Bite-Size higher learning - FBU

Last autumn funds became available via the 'Festival of Learning' for trade unions to help raise the profile of workplace learning. Especially in areas where little activity had taken place in regard to engaging with employers and involving Union Learning Reps (URLs). An emphasis was placed on the...

Tailor made higher learning

Hillingdon Hospital Trust signed a learning agreement on the 19th September 2008 between the Trust Senior Management and Unison union. The Trust agreed to offer Foundation degrees (FD) in Health and Social Care. Eight learners from nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy as well as healthcare...

Ash Hayden - Boots

Ash Hayden is proof of how new and innovative work-based HE programmes can support working adults in gaining university level qualifications and advancing their careers. Despite leaving school with just one A-C grade GCSE, Ash is now pursuing a highly successful career in logistics and the 33-year...

Tracey Hughes - Early Years

Tracey Hughes has always wanted to be a teacher. She left school with four O Levels and a secretarial certificate and worked as a secretary at a local school. In 2002 she decided to start working towards the qualifications she needed to fulfil her ambition to work with children. She and her husband...

Trisha Tunstall - Hairdressing and Salon Management

Trisha Tunstall was the manager of a hairdressing salon, working full-time, when she chose to start an online course leading to a Foundation degree in Hairdressing and Salon Management. She had achieved NVQ Level 3 in Hairdressing and BTEC Level 4 in Business Management. She also has a City and...