Usdaw Union Learning Reps at Boots at Nottingham and Burton on Trent are persuading young workers to engage in English and maths learning.
The government is currently running a one-year trial to fully fund courses for learners aged over 19 who are earning less than £15,736.50 a year.
Pennine Foods in Sheffield has been working with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) to support English learners – and the joint working is proving a recipe for success with 27 learner completions recently.
Cheryl Copley , Usdaw Union Learning Rep (ULR) for Next distribution in Dearne Valley, has really grown into the role according and has been focusing on supporting learners improve their English skills.
Workplace learning centres can go through peaks and troughs, and This was the case at DHL M&S in Swindon. But the dedicated work of the Unite branch and their team of Learning Reps has seen a big change, and the centre is once again thriving.
Workplace learners across the Midlands will be benefit from the regional Supporting Learners event in Birmingham this autumn.
During the past 2 years, Usdaw’s lifelong learning campaign in the Southern Division has been very successful in delivering functional skill courses at Tesco customer fulfilment centres – stores which deliver solely to on-line customers. ESOL has been a big part of this offer.
One of the highlights of TUC Congress is hearing individual stories at the annual Union Reps awards. This year the ULR of the Year award went to Usdaw Learning Rep Felicity Pryce-Page , who received her award from Frances O’Grady in front of delegates in Manchester.
Employees with support services provider ISS based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital have started a course in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), with the help of UNISON.
Sue Kinnaird and Danuta Smoliniec are Union Learning Reps (ULRs) with Unite the Union at Seachill in Grimsby and have been presented the unionlearn ULR of the Year Award for Supporting Disadvantaged Learners at July’s unionlearn Annual Conference at TUC Congress House in London.