Want a new skill for 2018? Check out these free NEC taster courses

Unionlearn and the National Extension College (NEC) and been working together to provide learning opportunities to support the development of union learners and union learning representatives (ULRs) for a number of years.

There are a number of benefits for union members though the unionlearn and NEC partnership, including:

* Free taster courses, only available to union members
* 10% discount on all NEC courses
* Access to high quality learning

Ros morpeth and Mary Bousted signing the NEC and unionlearn MOU

The free taster courses are an ideal way for people to explore areas they might want take further, and the NEC offers a wide range that are exclusive to union members. Each taster consists of a self-contained extract drawn from a full NEC course, and the list of available subject areas is wide and varied.

Potential learners will find full details on what they can expect, the knowledge and skills you will gain, and the approximate time it will take to study. The materials include activities, self-assessments, opportunities to reflect, and an example assignment at the end.

Clare Hickey works as Business Development and Student Recruitment Manager with the National Extension College. Clare said:

Our online courses are ideal for those who are looking to fit learning around work and other commitments, making studying a manageable part of your busy life. You can access our online course materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you can study at your own pace.”

We actively encourage learners to achieve their future goals – be that career progression, access to Higher Education, gaining new skills or simply learning for fun.”

Information about the wider courses from which each taster is taken is also available if you wish to take your learning further. Please see below for the full list of NEC taster courses you can choose from.

Tasters range from Accounting Principles, Concepts and Conventions to writing Short Stories. There are science courses covering Biology, Electronics and Climate Change as well as tasters that can help you plan your workload or understand critical thinking.

There really is something for everyone.

For more details on the Tasters for union members go to the NEC website.