Usdaw open new Learning Centre in Widnes

Tesco Widnes Distribution and Usdaw have opened an on-site Learning Centre offering members of staff accessible and affordable learning opportunities. 

Usdaw Deputy General Secretary, Paddy Lillis and Site Manager, Kev Rooney officially opened the long awaited learning centre in partnership with Halton Adult Learning Services offering English, Maths and IT courses.  

Paddy said at the launch;

The learning centre is a result of 2 ½ years hard work by the Reps who were determined in their efforts to set it up. Not forgetting the support and commitment from the management team on site who played a vital role in achieving this goal.”

It will be a tremendous facility for our members wanting to improve, or learn new skills  which in turn can only be benefit the company.”

The Learning Centre will be supported by a team of seven Union Learning Reps (ULRs) including two Union Learning Rep coordinators, Brian Congleton and Kate Comer who have worked hard to successfully negotiate a fantastic Lifelong Learning agenda.  A joint Learning Committee is also in place to ensure success and longevity of learning at the site.

Julia Baldwin, Usdaw Lifelong Learning Project Worker, said;

It’s great to be opening another Usdaw Learning Centre for staff at Tesco, and well done to the reps at the Tesco’s Distrubution Centre in Widnes for all the hard work they put in making this happen.”

We have a very strong record of working with employers setting up and supporting workplace learning centres across the country, which allows staff to access learning and development opportunities that benefit both themselves and the employer. I’m sure the new Learning Centre will be of huge benefit to staff in Widnes.”

You can find out more about union learning centres on the unionlearn website