Technician pathways

Technician registration and unions flyer


This is a one-page quick look flyer at who technicians are, what technician registration is and most importantly why supporting technician workforce is trade union business. The handout can printed out and used in meetings and events.

Mapping the technicians workforce

Union reps focus group listens to presentations about the project ©Private
A Finnish proverb suggests that a beloved child has many names. Technicians are a case in point. There is a plethora of job titles and job roles they carry in workplaces all around the country. Defining who is a technician is a regular starting point when I begin telling people about unionlearn's...

Employers supporting the technician workforce and working with unions


Trade unions and employers regularly negotiate on a number of learning and skills related issues. Unionlearn has produces a short guide for unions to help them tackle technician registration and technician access to continuous professional development (CPD).

The guide supplements the Technician Registration Toolkit – A resource for union...

Unionlearn annual report 2015: Changing Lives Through Learning


Despite all the challenges unionlearn continues to flourish. This year’s report has some stunning headline figures:

  • Over 230,000 learners supported – including many of the most disadvantaged who would never get the chance to learn without union help.
  • Independent research from Leeds University showing that unionised workplaces receive twice as...

Unionlearn to sign EngTechNow campaign charter

Unionlearn will sign the EngTechNow campaign charter at its national conference on Monday. EngTechNow is a project promoting the contribution technical staff make in UK's engineering industry and value of EngTech registration to technicians and employers. The charter is a vehicle for partnerships to work on promoting and supporting professional...

It's not rocket science - girls need encouragement to pursue STEM careers

Clare Moody MEP talks about STEM skills for women at Southwest TUC event, 23 June 2015 ©Private
Yesterday, Tuesday 23 June, was National Women in Engineering Day. I spoke to employers, teachers, trade unions and other interested organisations at a South West TUC event to focus on women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As well as being Labour's spokesperson for Space...

New Learning & Skills Policy Update published

A new Learning & Skills Policy Update has been published for June 2015. The edition includes information of the impact on apprenticeships following the new government’s policy approach on learning and skills. Also covered are information on two recent unionlearn reports, Helping Young People into work and Skills and training: the union advantage...

Learning & Skills Policy Update June 2015


This newsletter is intended to keep unions and other stakeholders abreast of policy developments in learning and skills, including providing updates on what the TUC and unionlearn are saying on specific policy issues.

The June 2015 edition includes:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Consultation on adult vocational education
  • Union advantage research report
  • Un...