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 of a map of a production department and this model could be used to help identify potential learning issues:

Number of staff 35 8am–5pm, 10 5–9pm
Breakdown of staff in days 22 women (Indian and Pakistani), 13 men (all White British)
Breakdown of staff (evenings) 10 women (5 East European, 5 Black Caribbean)
Union organisation/members Days: 18 (15 Indian and Pakistani women, 3 White British men), Evenings: 2 Black Caribbean members
1 day shift steward, white, male British; 1 day shift H&S rep, white, male British
Union training Not known

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.