2018/19 Union Learning Fund open for bids

Round 19 of the Union Learning Fund (ULF) is now open for bids, with a closing date for draft applications of Friday 29th September 2017. The fund will enable unions to bid for projects that support learning across a wide range of areas including supporting apprenticeships, improving maths, English and digital skills and tackling disadvantage. 

The ULF was established in 1998 to promote activity by trade unions in support of the objective of creating a learning society. Its initial aim was to develop the capacity of trade unions and Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) to work with employers, employees and learning providers to encourage greater take up of learning in the workplace.

It has developed over the past 19 years to work on new priorities especially tackling disadvantage and promoting equality, increasing social mobility, improving basic skills, (English, maths and digital), helping people access work and adapt to change at work and the lengthening of working life, supporting high quality apprenticeships and supporting unions to maximise the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy. 

Kevin Rowan, unionlearn Director said:

The ULF plays an important role supporting unions improve skills in the workplace. The Round 19 Prospectus aims to continue this by building on the fantastic work that unions have been doing and focusing on key themes, such as helping young people, tackling disadvantage and supporting social mobility that can build highly skilled and dynamic workplaces of the future.

The unionlearn team are keen to work with unions to help them create robust bids and support them throughout the application process. We hope to announce the successful bids towards the end of the year.”

To support the strategy for raising skill levels unionlearn have agreed the following key themes and priorities for ULF projects supported in 2018/19 to focus on:

  1. Improving equality and tackling disadvantage 
  2. Improving English, maths and digital skills 
  3. Growing high quality apprenticeships and traineeships 
  4. Improving support for infrastructure projects, workforce development and skills progression 
  5. Demonstrating sustainability, value for money and mainstreaming of union learning activity

Application forms should be submitted through the ULF database. If you do not have access to the database, please contact Marj Wainwright on [email protected] or 0151 482 2718. To access the Prospectus for Round 19, please go to: https://www.unionlearn.org.uk/publications/union-learning-fund-prospectus-round-19-20172018

The ULF team will assist projects with the process. For further information telephone the national office 0151 482 2711