Unionlearn highlight trade union learning at international event

Around 150 countries have developed or implemented Qualification Frameworks (QFs) to improve their training system’s quality and the recognition of learning outcomes– and last week unionlearn was invited to Turin to share its experience of QF’s and workplace learning with fellow trade unions and organisations from across the world.

Ian at ILO event

Unionlearn Service Manager Ian Borkett took part in panel discussion and live broadcast at The Academy on Skills Development, which took place at the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) Campus from 24 June to 5 July 2019. The Academy had 75 participants from 32 different countries, and encompassed all major topics in the Skills Development environment, with more than 40 experts contributing during the two-week period.

During the Academy Ian also ran a session on “social routes recognition in lifelong learning” and was able to highlight the any achievements and successes of union led leaning.

The Academy was part of the ILO 100th anniversary celebrations and on the afternoon of Thursday 27th June the Academy hosted a special event: a Symposium on Qualification Frameworks (QFs), which was be broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube to a worldwide audience. 

The session explored the increasingly integrated nature of QF’s and explored these topics with a discuss with experts from ILO, UNESCO, ETF and Unionlearn.

The panel discussed question such as Which lessons learnt could we share? What are QFs’ recent developments, in extremely flexible and technology-affected qualification systems? How do QFs interact with LMIS and quality assurance? They also took a wide range of questions from the floor.

Ian took the opportunity to highlight the work that unionlearn and the UK’s trade unions are doing to supporting workplace leaning, and in particular how it is sharing its experience of Mid – Life Development reviews through a pan European Ermamus + Project.

Ian said:

I was delighted to be given the opportunity to tell participants about the great British success story of union learning, and talk about the impressive work Union Learning Reps do in supporting disadvantaged learners in workplaces across the country where employers and unions work together in a strong partnerships. Union learning is a “win – win” situation.”