The Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool was the venue for Blackburn College and Mercia Partnership receiving the unionlearn quality award in front of over 150 delegates attending the Linking Communities and the Workplace conference held on 17 November.
Throughout the country, over 26,000 union learning reps (ULRs) are helping people back into education. Blackburn College and Mercia Partnership are now two of 25 education providers who have received the Quality Award in the North West.
The unionlearn Quality Award is awarded to providers in the learning world who are committed to working with trade unions. Awards are made to providers who demonstrate that unions and union learners are considered in the design, development and delivery of courses and programmes.
John Murphy, Trade Union Education Course Co-ordinator at Blackburn College, said:
"We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of all the hard work of staff and learners and their achievements at the Blackburn College centre. It shows what a crucial role trade unions can play in engaging their members in education and learning."
Andrew Taylor, Managing Director of Mercia Partnership, said:
"We are aiming for our partnership with unionlearn to grow over the coming months and improving on what we have already achieved and have the full commitment of our staff, learners and employers.
"This award is in recognition of the hard work from the staff at Mercia Partnership on programmes including IT, Apprenticeships, Skills for Life and the relationship we have built with PCS and their learners. We are very proud to receive it."
Dave Eva, Regional Manager for unionlearn in the North West, said:
"I am delighted to see both these providers receive the unionlearn Quality Award for their outstanding work in areas including Trade Union Education, Apprenticeships and NVQs. It is again an indicator of the terrific work unions and providers can do together for the benefit of members, employers and the regional economy."