Mapping the workplace

Mapping the workplace

Union learning reps (ULRs) plays a pivotal role in getting learning going in the workplace. Mapping the workplace is a useful place to start.

'Organise! A TUC Education Workbook' includes a detailed guide to mapping the workplace.

Mapping the workplace - an example

The table below is an example map of a production department. This model could be used to help identify potential learning issues.

Number of staff Tip: consider part-time workers and shift workers
Example: 35 staff 8am–5pm, 10 staff 5–9pm
Breakdown of staff (days) Tip: consider demographics such as gender, ethnicity, disability and age
Example: 22 women (10 Indian, 12 Pakistani), 13 men (all White British, 1 with a disability)
Breakdown of staff (evenings) Example: 10 women (5 White East European, 5 Black Caribbean)
Union members Example:
Days: 18 (9 Indian women, 6 Pakistani women, 3 White British men)
Evenings: 2 (all Black Caribbean women)
1 day shift steward (White British man)
1 day shift H&S rep (Indian woman)
Union training Not known

Adapted from Organise 2, a TUC Education workbook

ULR Equality and Diversity Checklist

The checklist below is designed to help ULRs identify and support learning issues related to equality and diversity in the workplace.

Have I mapped the workplace?
What are the potential barriers/equality issues for different groups within the workplace?
How do I come across as a ULR to potential learners?
Is our ULR team representative of the workforce?
Do I have enough awareness around equality issues?
Do I have enough awareness around learning issues such as dyslexia, visual or hearing impairment, and learning disabilities?
Is the information we produce accessible for all?
Is the learning environment suitable for all?
Is timing, cost, levels, range or style of provision an issue for anyone?
Am I recording information so I can monitor take-up in the workplace?
Do I need further training?

If you have answered the questions and feel you need some more advice then contact your union’s learning project worker/ organiser or unionlearn in your region.