Unionlearn were raising aspirations and promoting high quality apprenticeship schemes at an employment fair in Blackpool last week.
Unionlearn joined with Unite the Union at the free “Raising Aspirations on the Fylde Coast” event which was held at Blackpool Central Library on the 27th September and organised by Lancashire Adult Learning in partnership with DWP and Blackpool Council Adult, Community & Family Learning Team.
Many braved the elements to attend and find out about local learning opportunities that could help build their careers.
Wendy Stevenson is Curriculum Manager at Blackpool Adult and Community Learning. Wendy said:
I am really pleased with the turn out especially with the terrible weather. So many residents of Blackpool have benefited with advice on courses and with the chance to speak to employers to enable them to promote their skills.”
The day was aimed at local residents currently looking for employment, working a zero hours contract and want something more or simply looking for a career change, and was a free event that highlighted employment and educational opportunities available in the area.
The unionlearn / Unite stand was packed full of information and resources about apprenticeships, what sort of schemes were available and what rights apprentices have in the workplace. It was also an opportunity to showcase unionlearn’s brand new Apprenticeship Essentials app.
Unionlearn Project Worker Matt Pointon was rushed off his feet keeping up with demand, and said:
The Blackpool Employment fair was a fantastic opportunity to let people know about the doors to learning. The trade unions and unionlearn can support opening those doors. It was a great day to meet several of our key partners and develop some new contacts.”
The stand proved very popular, with a queue of people waiting to find out more and pick up resources and information. It was also a good opportunity to share the message that “Apprenticeships are a union business” with partners and providers on the day and explore ways to work together in the future.
Sandra Baron, a Careers Advisor with Lancashire Adult and Community Learning, said:
The Raising Aspirations event at Blackpool was the perfect opportunity to meet new employers and organisations to enable our college to link up and work together for the benefit of all. We will be looking forward to inviting Unionlearn to visit our students enabling them to gain knowledge they may not have had the opportunity to gain otherwise.
Helen Cook, a Manager at Blackpool Talent 4 Care Academy added:
Unionlearn are a great partner and support the development of the Health and Social Care Career Academy. They deliver rights and responsibilities with support from Unite directly to our learners. So that they understand their employment rights, and this empowers people prior to starting their employment.”
Steve Turner Unite the Union Learning Organiser in the North West and was pleased with the way the day went and the partnership the region has been building with unionlearn.
Working with unionlearn, Unite the Union have been able to use that support to push on in Blackpool to boost the trade union presence in the town and wider region. We have developed new ideas on how to support apprentices and learners and this event was a great opportunity to once again engage directly with the community. “
Summing up a successful day Mark Rowe unionlearn’s National Apprenticeship Project Worker said:
Unionlearn gives a big thanks to our partners at Blackpool Adult and Community Learning. The event gave us the opportunity to talk to around 100 people and network with partners old and new.
We discussed with individuals how trade unions can support skills and learning and in particular we dealt with a number of misconceptions about apprenticeships particularly from older people.”
The find out more and to download the Apprenticeship Essentials app go to the unionlearn website or simply search for “Apprenticeship Essentials” in your app store.