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Research Paper 5 - From voluntarism to post-voluntarism


This paper traces the history of union involvement in training from the neo-corporatism of the 1960/70s, through the voluntarism of the 1980s/90s, to the present "post-voluntary" era, as described by Gordon Brown when Chancellor of the Exchequer. It concludes that, although that there has been significant capacity building in unions under New...

Union Learning Representative Research Report – North West


This is the most extensive piece of research that has been done on Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) in the North West. In commissioning the research we and the North West Development Agency (NWDA) hoped to gain some useful insights into how the ULR role was developing and what we might do to support and develop ULRs who we see as a key factor...

Trade union use of ICT to support learning


This report was commissioned by the TUC's Building Opportunities Through Workplace Learning Project, to draw an accurate picture of the scale and types of use of ICT by trade unions in support of learning, either in workforce development or trade union education. The report is based on five case studies of trade union use of ICT in support of...