Unionlearn conference

Unionlearn conference

Each year, unionlearn hosts a conference with a specific theme bringing together hundreds of union learning reps (ULRs) with partner organisations, including employers, learning providers, government departments and other interested parties. The aim of the conference is to offer people involved in union-led learning the opportunity to hear about and discuss current issues and opportunities.

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Unionlearn annual conference July 2016

This year's conference took place on Monday, 4 July 2015 from 10:00-15:30 in Congress House, London.

The conference was entitled "Our ten years" and celebrated the ten year anniversary of unionlearn. A broad agenda focused on skills development through learning of individuals and communities, meeting the needs of a modern workforce, and the vital role of skills in a sustainable economic recovery and that learning matters.

Unionlearn conference 2016 Video

Unionlearn 10 year anniversary video

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Unionlearn annual conference July 2015

This year's conference took place on Monday, 6 July 2015 from 10:00-15:00 in Congress House, London.

The conference was entitled "The union skills advantage". A broad agenda focused on skills development through learning of individuals and communities, meeting the needs of a modern workforce, and the vital role of skills in a sustainable economic recovery and that learning matters.

Unionlearn annual conference July 2015 from unionlearn on Vimeo.

The conference also celebrated the work of unionlearn and unions over the past year and looked forward to the year ahead.

Speakers included: 

  • Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary
  • Peter Horrocks, Vice Chancellor of The Open University
  • Rhona Cameron, Comedian
  • Professor Mark Stuart, Director: Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC)
  • Neil Darwin, Chief Executive of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP
  • Ben Nield, Assistant Director at the Marchmont Observatory, University of Exeter
  • Fanny Blake, Quick Reads Author

Unionlearn conference 2014

In 2014, the conference theme was "Britain needs a skills rise" and over 400 delegates came together to listen to a range of high profile speakers, including Skills minister Matthew Hancock, and discuss the important issues in union learning in coming years.

Unionlearn conference 2014
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In his speech to the conference, the minister of state said that more than £15 million of funding for Unionlearn will continue in 2014 to 2015.

Read the speeches:

Media coverage:

Recruiter magazine: Apprenticeships are for all ages, says minister (23 June 2014)
National Extension College: Opportunities for learning at work enhanced through new Unionlearn and National Extension College agreement (24 June 2014)
Show Racism the Red Card: SRtRC attend Union Learn Annual Conference, June 23rd 2014

Follow the conference as it developed on Twitter #ulconf

Unionlearn conference 2013

Read the full text of Vince Cable MP's speech.

In the media:

UnionNews: Employers must work with unions to improve workers’ skills and aid economic recovery (29 October 2013)