Climbing Frame

The union learning Climbing Frame is a free online resource that provides Union Learning Reps (ULRs) and others that work with learners, with information about a range of learning topics, as well as a facility to store information about their sessions with learners. This allows them to work with learners to create a 'climbing frame' of actions that can help them achieve their learning goals.

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The Climbing Frame has as its core a holistic approach. This approach recognises that union learners have aspirations, skills and experiences, which relate to all aspects of their lives; their current jobs, possible career routes and their personal situation. The Climbing Frame has been designed to support the interaction and transferability of skills and experience.

The Climbing Frame includes a variety of 'Learning Themes' which are topics of interest to ULRs. Unionlearn Learning Themes include 'Supporting Learners', 'Personal Development and Career Planning', 'Higher Learning', 'ICT' and 'Supporting Mid-life Development'. Users of the website can either browse the range of subjects included within the Learning Themes or find specific information of interest to them by using the 'search' function.  Within the Learning Themes useful onscreen text information can be found along with hyperlinks to external websites and also documents which can be downloaded and printed.

The 'Learner Management' area of the website is where the ULR can store information about their sessions with learners. Working with the learner the ULR can create a 'Climbing Frame' of actions for them which can help them achieve learning goals. A variety of reports can be produced for the learners themselves and also for the ULR to show the overall profile of their learners.

ULRs can also access case studies, news and a wide range of useful links. ULRs can make use of the Climbing Frame discussion forum, store their own notes and links and also record their own learning and progress.

The union learning Climbing Frame can be used to:

  • Provide up to date information to help during discussions with learners
  • Update ULRs about various learning opportunities
  • Develop individual action plans with learners
  • Keep records of sessions with learners
  • Store local information and contacts
  • Gather information about learner profiles to support negotiations with employers.

Climbing Frame Learning Themes include:

  • Supporting Learners
  • Using the Climbing Frame
  • Apprenticeships
  • Digital skills
  • Supporting disabled Learners
  • Maths and English (Functional Skills)
  • Health and well-being in the workplace
  • Higher Learning
  • Personal Development and Career Planning
  • Supporting Mid-life Development
  • Progression for union reps.

Register to access the Climbing Frame at:

For further information please contact Louisa Smith, Project Officer: [email protected]