North West

Unionlearn in the North West has been working closely with Higher Education since 2004. We work with trade unions, employers and community organisations to improve access to learning and skills opportunities that benefit individuals, businesses and the wider community.

We have links with a wide range of providers in the public, private and third sectors that enable us to secure a diverse range of high quality provision, advice, guidance and support for learners. 

The TUC devised a role for a new kind of union representative, the Union Learning Rep (ULR) and statutory rights for ULRs were granted in 2003. Today there are over 22,000 trained ULRs, with over 2,500 in the North West.

Our affiliate unions presence in the workplaces ensures that we can reach out to employers and employees in a unique way through our network of Union Learning Representatives who can gain the trust and confidence of the whole organisation.

Here in the North West our recent achievements include:

  • Promoting digital inclusion by equipping over 50 community hubs, training over 300 digital champions and engaging over 3500 adults to go on line for the first time.
  • Supporting adults in the workplace and community to undertake midlife development reviews using a range of resources and activities to help adults think about their transferable skills and identify new skills they may need to extend their working life.
  • Developing and providing access to an assessment tool to enable adults to undertake Maths and English assessments and try out a number of short tests and quizzes looking at Skills, Knowledge and Well being.
  • Securing learning agreements, establishing workplace learning centres and promoting co-investment in learning through collective learning funds.
  • The Collective Learning Fund programme generated over £2 million, including ‘in-kind’ contributions, in resources focused on skills and learning from 32 workplaces. For example, our Regional Learning and Skills for All programme received £1.2 million in funding from external agencies and also leveraged £800,000 in contributions from employers towards training at work. The programme supported 17,191 adults within 107 workplaces across the North West.
  • The Union Learning Fund supports over 30 unions across the North West to support Learning and Skills in the workplace.  

The North West has always been a pioneer in workplace learning. Unionlearn started out in the North West in 1998 with a small amount of funding and has consistently attracted funding from a variety of sources to address the issues around skills in the workplace.

Contact us

Liverpool Office

  • addressNW TUC & Unionlearn, 4th Floor, Jack Jones House, 1 Islington, Liverpool L3 8EG
  • phone0151 482 2711

Salford Office

  • addressTransport House, Merchants Quays, Salford Quays, Salford M50 3SG
  • phone0161 872 2688

Education Officer