Ava laugh at unionlearn gathering

Unionlearn is pleased to announce that comedian, commentator and former Prison Officer, Ava Vidal will be appearing at this year’s annual conference.

Ava Vidal is a cool and composed stand-up comedian, who quickly became a regular presence on television since being the BBC New Comedy Awards' only female finalist in the very first year of her career.

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Mansfield ULR Highly Commended in Festival of Learning awards.

A Union Learning Rep from Mansfield has been recognised in this year’s Festival of Learning awards.

Andrew Humphries from Mansfield has been announced as Festival of Learning’s Learning for Work Highly Commended Individual in their 2018 awards for his exceptional achievements in adult learning. This award celebrates adults who have transformed their own lives and the lives of their families, friends, their communities, and the places they work through learning.

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Workshops galore at unionlearn Annual Conference

Unionlearn has announced the workshop programme for its annual conference in July, promising a packed afternoon of practical session to wrap up the event.

There is a wide of range of subjects being covered that will bring delegates up to speed on the latest developments in areas and give them an opportunity to share ideas and experiences.

The workshop themes are based around unionlearn campaign priorities and include:

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Match up your skills with new unionlearn card game

Unionlearn and Linking London have updated the popular Match Up! progression card game.

The cards have been designed for reps to use to help learners gain a better understanding of the range of qualifications on offer and can be used explore the different progression routes available to learners.

This engaging activity can be used in different ways, and with groups or individually. Adult Learners Week, union learning taster sessions or as part of a workshop or meeting are just some examples of activities where they have been used with learners.

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Technical education changes bring T levels

The government has announced the plans to implement new T levels to provide an alternative to academic education post 16. The first T levels courses will be delivered in construction, education & childcare and digital from September 2020 with 22 more courses to follow by 2023.

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Help the Government to design a new training offer for adults

The Department for Education is looking for volunteers to help them understand what could encourage more adults to take up training.

We’re looking for adults aged 24 and above. You do not need to have any recent experience of training or prior knowledge to take part. We will simply be asking for people’s views and opinions.

This is an opportunity to genuinely influence government policy.  

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Make digital skills count at unionlearn network event

This June unionlearn will be holding its latest English and maths network event at Congress House, and has expanded its remit to include digital skills.

The event is an opportunity to discuss English, maths and digital skills learning support in the workplace. They are open to union reps and project workers and others who are interested in policy developments, supporting English, maths and digital skills learning and sharing good trade union practice.

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New unionlearn project will support Mental Health at Work

We have just completed Mental Health Awareness Week, and figures released by the Mental Health Foundation make pretty grim reading. Three in four Britons have been so stressed over the last year that they have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope, stress has resulted in one in three people being left feeling suicidal, whilst one in six have self-harmed as a direct result.

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Kamran Ali Thrilled to work with the union

I am thrilled to be working with the BFAWU Learning services as the new project worker and enthusiastic about bringing learning to comrades across the region.

Over the past couple of months I have been working as a Project Worker on an interim basis, this gave me great insight into the role and an appetite to carry on. I have been working as a Branch Secretary prior to and during the interim Project Worker role.

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Unions hold hundreds of Learning at Work Day events

Learning activities took place in workplaces across the country last week as union learning reps embraced this year's Learning at Work Week.

1000s of workers took advantage of the opportunities provided by reps, ranging from English and maths assessments to art sessions and baking for beginners.

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