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The Union Learning Fund (ULF) was established in 1998 to promote activity by trade unions in support of the objective of creating a learning society. Its primary aim was to develop the capacity of trade unions and Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) to work with employers, employees and learning providers to encourage greater take up of learning in the workplace. The scope of the ULF has gradually broadened over the last 15 years as union capacity has grown and government strategic objectives have changed and unions have been encouraged to work on improving access to work and to work in the community.
The ULF is managed and administered by unionlearn, the TUC’s Learning and Skills Organisation under an agreement with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which directs the level and type of learning activity that should be supported by the Fund.
This year unionlearn will bid for funding based on the programme of work that it is offering. A key part of this funding is the ULF and unions are invited to put in bids that will then go through a selection process based on what unionlearn and BIS have agreed are the types of activity that will achieve the outcomes and outputs that should be funded through public funding. There is no commitment on funding from BIS at this point in time and issuing of the Prospectus does not guarantee that funding will be available.