Research Paper 13 - Co-investing in workforce development

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Collective Learning Funds (CLFs) are union-led initiatives to stimulate co-investment in the personal development of the workforce to make such learning affordable. They have been piloted by unionlearn to test different models in different contexts. The pilots involved increasing funding and in-kind contributions from employers and providers, obtaining greater support from unions and enhancing employee commitment.

This evaluation report by the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change at the University of Leeds demonstrates that CLFs have considerable value to employers, unions and learners. They are establishing learning partnerships between employers, unions and providers, which are opening up learning opportunities in a number of workplaces.