Supporting Mid-life Development Survey report now out

Society is growing older and people are living healthier and longer lives. The average age of retirement is nearly 65 years for men and over 63 for women. The concept of sequential life stages has been replaced by many different life roles some of which need to be carried out at the same time such as caring responsibilities and paid work. The average worker will work 6 different jobs at 6 different companies and possibly face 2 redundancy situations during their working life.

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Apprenticeship Levy - 15 useful negotiating tips

Are you a trade union officer or rep?
If so, the following negotiating tips can help make sure that the Apprenticeship Levy is used on good quality Apprenticeships.

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Award winning writer, Ann Cleeves, to speak at unionlearn Conference

Unionlearn is working with the Reading Agency to ensure that delegates at the annual unionlearn conference have a chance to hear from award winning and inspiring writers. 

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Supporting Mid-life Development Survey report

In late 2016, unionlearn conducted a survey into mid-life development reviews and older workers to assess how unions were continuing to take forward this important agenda.

Evaluation and feedback from the 2013/14 government funded Mid-life Career Review pilots in which 15 unions participated found that unions were well placed to support individuals because of their unique network of active ULRs. Since the pilot stage unions have continued to be the largest provider of workplace mid-life career reviews.

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South West Unite Learning day in Bristol is the proper job

Unite’s Bristol Office was packed with learners from all backgrounds in May as the region’s learning team held a Learning For Life day as part of Learning at Work Week.Learning for Life day flyer

Though officially starting at 10.30 many people arrived early to try out a vast array of different sessions and find out what was on offer from the union.

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Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and POA Learning offer qualification for stewards

The South West TUC, Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and POA Learning have joined together to offer all volunteer stewards at this year’s Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival an opportunity to study towards a Certificate in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events.

Tolpuddle Festival Stewards

The course covers:

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NHS apprentice quality includes involving unions

UNISON, Unite, RCM and unionlearn have been part of the group devising Quality Principles for NHS Apprenticeships. The unions collaborated with the National Skills Academy for Health (NSAH) and Health Education England (HEE) to provide health care employers guidance on what a good standard Apprenticeship provision looks like.

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Climbing Frame is the one stop shop for ULRs

Climbing Frame LogoUnion learning reps (ULRs) continue to find the Climbing Frame a valuable tool for finding information and recording learners’ progress, according to a new survey, which reveals that 94 per cent would recommend it to their colleagues.

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Learning at Work Week – a chance to promote union learning

Learning at Work Week has happened every May since 1999 and aims to highlight the importance, and benefits, of learning and development at work. This year, activities are planned from the 15th – 21st May on the theme 'Curious & Creative'.

All types and sizes of companies and organisations across the country are keen to mark Learning at Work Week and it has proved an ideal chance for union’s, and in particular Union Learning Reps (ULRs) and workplace Learning Centres to get involved and promote the resources and learning opportunities they organise in workplaces for staff.

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Unions ready for a busy Learning at Work Week

Union Learning Reps across the country are busy holding events in workplaces and the community this week (15th – 22th May) as Learning at Work Week rolls out.

Organised by the Campaign for Learning, Learning at Work Week aims to spotlight the importance and benefits of education and development at work, promoting opportunities to learn and upskill for employees. Unions are ideally placed to organise and support events and it is always very popular with Union Learning Reps (ULRs).

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