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This strategy for Supporting Learners (April 2014 to March 2017) has been developed to support the delivery of impartial learning and careers advice services to union learners. This is the second three-year strategy since unionlearn was launched. It is an underpinning strategy for all unionlearn activity with the primary aim of making all learning and progression opportunities available to all working people, particularly those who are disadvantaged in the workplace. The contribution of union learning representatives (ULRs) is vital to the success of this strategy. OFSTED has referred to the ULR movement as an 'outstanding model of peer learning support'.
The term Supporting Learners is used by unionlearn to describe the activities of union learning representatives (ULRs) and other union reps when they are working with members to help them make choices about learning, take up learning opportunities that are right for them and help them to progress in their jobs and careers. Whilst these activities involve all levels of learning and some elements of information and advice they also include mentoring, coaching, signposting and facilitating learning.