Case studies

Browse and search through our case studies below.

Inspiring women

Kate works for e.on the power company as a boiler integrity engineer. She is the only female on her ten-member team, but there are other women engineers in the company she can talk to and more young women graduates are coming up through the ranks. Kate, 29, said: 'People always want to hear horror...

Raising Awareness of Higher Learning - Unite

Unite's finance sector 'United in Learning' project, with support from unionlearn with the SERTUC's 'Accessing Higher Education (HE) in the Workplace' project, held an event at Unite's London Woodberry office in March. The event aimed to raise awareness of hIgher education opportunities available...

Negotiating time off for Higher Learning

Charles Ashford embarked on a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Politics from the University of East Anglia in 2008. Charles undertook the honours degree whilst working for HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Charles negotiated time off from his employer as part of his contract and Management allowed him to...

Introduction to Higher Learning - FBU

FBU is currently promoting a course to members via Kent University. It is a short introductory programme, which members can undertake prior to enrolling on a BA/BSc in Applied Professional Practice, a flexible degree that is directly related to the workplace, job role and individual. The short...

Foundation degree in Employment Based Independent Study - Merryl Collings

Merryl Collings is now Business Support Co-ordinator with the Trading Standards Department of Suffolk County Council. In 2004, she was working for Suffolk Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG), also part of the County Council. One of the career guidance staff discovered that there was ESF Funding...

Foundation degree in Retailing

David Brown is working towards a Foundation degree in retailing delivered mainly online and validated by Manchester Metropolitan University. This has been developed with Tesco, Skillsmart Retail, fdf and other partners and has been running since 2007. David is currently a Deputy Manager for Tesco in...

New degree builds on success

Jewson, the UK's leading builders' merchant, recently launched the first ever Foundation degree in Builders' Merchanting. This development arose from an initial EBTA engagement to accredit a package of in house training developed by Jewson to upskill their existing workforce. Taking a lead Jewson is...

Reaching the hardest to reach

With the help of Union Learning Fund, Unite continues to show its dedication to London's migrant workers and domestic workers by helping them overcome barriers to learning and play a major role in their communities and workplaces. Every weekend, 150 workers gather to study IT and take literacy and...

Making Learning Affordable

Making learning accessible and affordable has proved to be a winning strategy in shopworkers' union USDAW's national learning campaign in the retail sector, Check Out Learning. From January to December 2008, the Eastern Division of the union held eleven in-store promotions, recruited 130 new members...