GMB Union and Portals Security Papers enter Learning Agreement

GMB members set to benefit from high-quality, fully funded learning programmes at Portals Paper Mill in Bathford.

GMB members will benefit from new learning agreement

The GMB team at Portals Paper Mill in Bathford, Somerset have secured a Learning Agreement which will help maintain the employer’s level of commitment and support to its employees.

Sharon Turnbull, Portals HR Manager, commented:

As Portals continues to invest in technology and software such as our new fully integrated HR system, it made absolute sense for us to work in partnership with GMB to support our staff."

Over 80 employees at Portals’ Bathford Mill are set to benefit from the new learning programmes which focus on supporting staff training and upskilling IT user skills.

GMB’s Learning Project workers will then help to provide further opportunities to enrol in nationally recognised and accredited courses such as English, Maths, Equality and Diversity and Advanced IT.

GMB Representatives Neil Livall and Kevin Johnstone have stepped up as GMB Union Learning Representatives to support, signpost and mentor learners.

Dedicated Tutor support will also be available, in addition to Portals providing an on-site room for group learning and a dedicated GMB Union Learning office.

Tim Northover, GMB Regional Organiser added

We’re excited to work in partnership with Portals. This also demonstrates that the GMB is again actively taking the initiative and enhancing the benefits of GMB membership through these excellent learning programmes.”

GMB Representative Neil Livall said:

We are a strong and organised GMB Branch and we are committed to supporting our members and delivering improvements in the workplace.

The learning programmes launched in late August and form part of Portals’ ongoing commitment to employee learning development.