Help us develop support for BME apprentices

Unionlearn is looking for case studies on supporting Black and minority ethnic (BME) apprentices in the workplace.

Unionlearn are currently drafting a guide aimed at helping union reps and union learning reps to support BME apprentices and ensure unions are part of widening the access high-quality apprenticeships.

Good practice case studies will explore how unions can make a difference through negotiating with employers or raising awareness of helpful support schemes. The guide will include practical advice and recommendations for further action.

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Raise your awareness of Mental Health at work with TUC Education

Work related stress is at record levels and this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is focusing on stress – so it is an important time for reps to find out how they can support colleagues.

TUC Education are providing a number of Mental Health Awareness courses for union reps across the country over the next couple of months. These will help reps get to grips with the issues and increase their understanding mental health at work.

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David Blunkett to speak at Unionlearn conference

The Rt Hon Lord David Blunkett, Chair of the Heathrow Skills Taskforce and Former Secretary of State for Education and Employment, will address delegates at unionlearn’s annual conference in July.

Lord Blunkett is a keen supporter of union led learning. Last year he launched an online forum to gather independent views on Heathrow’s future education, employment and skills strategy at the TUC Congress in Brighton.

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Unionlearn Supporting Learners Strategy

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Unionlearn Apprentice event in Manchester for TUC150 celebrations

Unionlearn will be holding an Apprenticeship celebration event on Wednesday 6th June in Manchester’s historic Mechanics Institute as part of a week of events at the building which hosted the first ever TUC Congress in June, 1868.

This year sees the TUC celebrate 150 years since its first national conference in Manchester. During that time while much has changed the TUC’s mission remains the same: standing up for working women and men, and making sure their voices are heard.

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Employment charters - an opportunity for local leadership on employment issues?

Looking back to 2012 and the ‘early days’ of city devolution in England, it is clear that the issue of employment standards was not especially central to the devolution agenda at the outset. In 2018 that is beginning to change. Good work is increasingly seen as crucial to both economic and social policy priorities and the election of metro mayors in some city regions has created an opportunity for local leadership on this issue.

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Read all about it on the new TUC eNote

TUC Education, together with unionlearn, have launched the latest in their popular series of eNotes. Following on from the recent Write Now! eNote, the new online resource focuses on reading skills.

Read Now! contains guidance on how you can improve your reading techniques, from skimming and scanning to reading on screens.  

This eNote helps you to:

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Unionlearn Director to address Co-op Education Conference

Unionlearn Director Kevin Rowan will be speaking at the 4th Annual Co-operative Education and Research Conference at Federation House in Manchester on 1-2 May.

Kevin will be joining speakers Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Emer Coleman, Technology Engagement Lead at Co-op Digital and Bruno Roelants and Ariel Guarco from the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). 

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Apprenticeships and the Northern Powerhouse event next week

A ULR forum event is being held next week in Leeds at the Park Plaza and is aimed at ULRs, project workers and representatives across the Yorkshire and Humber region that will explore Apprenticeships and the Northern Powerhouse.

The Northern Powerhouse will be developing views around the skills we need now and in the future. These views will include the need to look at the skills of the present workforce. Coupled to this is the need to develop quality apprenticeships, look at the jobs of the future and how that affects union members.

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Community takes the stress out of studying for its members

Trade union Community has taken the stress out of studying for its members by granting successful applicants a bursary payment to cover certain costs during their first academic year.

The stress and costs associated with studying can often deter applicants from taking the next step in their learning journey, Community identified this issue from listening to its members and wanted to do something about it. Every year, Community offers up to 20 bursaries of various amounts to members or their children. Our successful applicants receive bursaries ranging from £1,000 to £4,500.

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