Reading Ahead in West Suffolk

UNISON learning reps at the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust held a Reading Ahead event on Tuesday 6th June in the canteen at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds to raise awareness of reading for fun and to promote a workplace reading club.

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Up close and personal with Rescue Annie

As part of June’s ‘Festival of Learning’, Aegis members and work colleagues at Yorkshire Drive and Lynch Wood have been learning some potentially life-saving skills thanks to Learn with Aegis.

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Unionlearns 2017 annual report now online

Inspiring learners to achieve is the theme of the 2017 unionlearn Annual Report – and despite a difficult year it has been inspiring to see so many learners supported and projects delivered through the union learning route this year.

The report highlights the work that unionlearn, the Union Learn Fund and TUC Education has been doing over the last year to improve the workplace learning opportunities for thousands of people, in particular around the core areas of English, maths and apprenticeships.

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Unionlearn links up with Women Chainmakers Festival

Thousands of people lined the streets of Cradley Heath in the West Midlands for the Women Chainmakers Festival on Saturday 1st July, an annual TUC event honouring women of the town who joined together to fight for better work and conditions in 1910.

This year’s event included stalls, circus skills, music and theatrical performances, a funfair and more.

Unionlearn were on hand to promote workplace learning, and the stall proved very popular with union members and the public keen to find out what opportunities were available.

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Unions supporting high quality apprenticeships

One of unionlearns key priorities for the coming year is to continue to expand its work with unions to promote and support high-quality apprenticeship programmes that can deliver for young people and adults alike.

To tie in with this unionlearn has produced a new publication, Unions supporting high quality apprenticeships, to demonstrate some of the work unions are currently doing. It includes case studies that demonstrate the way that unions are supporting different groups in workplaces across the country.

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New booklet shows how union learning measures up

Union learning has a proven track record of successfully helping learners improve their knowledge and skills and boost their job prospects.”

This is the view of unionlearn Director Kevin Rowan following the publication of a new unionlearn booklet that summarises some of the key outcomes and achievements of the Union Learning Fund (ULF) and unionlearn.

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Unions open the door to learning for all

At this year’s unionlearn Conference a new publication was launched highlighting how union learning has supported disadvantaged learners.

Opening doors to all: How union learning tackles disadvantage describes how unions have used learning to remove the barriers that create disadvantage and is full of case studies demonstrating how this has worked in practical workplace situations throughout the country.

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Read all about it - Supporting Learners News now out

The July edition of Supporting Learners News is out, and is summer bumper edition looks at the highlights from unionlearn's annual conference, including the award winning Union Learning Reps and the launch of several new unionlearn publications for union learning and workplace reps.

There is also information on the forthcoming regional learning and skills events running from October, which will be happening in:

North West - Wednesday 4th October 2017 – Southport

Northern - Wednesday 9th October 2017 – Newcastle

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Careers work in England’s schools: politics, practices and prospects

The United Kingdom (UK) is leaving the European Union. As it moves towards finding a new place in the world order, an accelerating wave of economic, social and technological change will inevitably transform the economy (Lawerence, 2016), schooling and people’s lives. There are several unknowns about the long-term impact and consequences resulting from this, but change is on the horizon. For example, almost half of UK business leaders are worried about post-Brexit skills shortages and fear they will not find enough suitable personnel (IoD, 2016).

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What the Taylor Review says about learning and skills…..

Apart from the specialist press, such as the TES, coverage of the proposals in the Taylor Review on learning and skills has been limited.

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