ULRs central to National Retraining Scheme says Frances O’Grady

As the roll out of the National Retraining Scheme (NRS) gathers pace TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has highlighted the key role of Union Learning Reps in helping workers access the schemes opportunities.

The National Retraining Scheme will support adults to retrain and kick start a new career and is led and overseen by the National Retraining Partnership – a unique partnership between Government, the CBI and the TUC – to ensure the collective voices of businesses and employees are heard.

This week Education Minister Kemi Badenoch announced the further rollout of the Get Help to Retrain digital service to the West Midlands and North East following a successful launch across the Liverpool City region last month.

Three more locations are getting ready to benefit from the TUC supported scheme in the autumn. These are the Leeds City Region, Cambridge and Peterborough, and the South West.

Frances said:

Every worker should have the opportunity to improve their skills and retrain. This is especially important as technology and automation are set to transform Britain’s economy in the coming years.

The launch of the first phase of the National Retraining Scheme is great news. It’s the beginning of a collaborative approach between government, unions and business to provide retraining to many more working people so they are prepared for the jobs of the future. Union Learning Reps will play a central role helping workers access opportunities through the scheme.

These trials are just the beginning. We look forward to helping the National Retraining Partnership develop a full national programme to invest in the potential of all workers and deliver the skills we need for the future.”

The Department for Education has produced a short video to explain the National Retraining Scheme.