Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU)

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has a proud tradition of encouraging members to partake in all forms of education, whether that be to enhance their skills as union representatives or to increase their academic qualifications. The union prioritises learning at every level of the union, with education being on every agenda from branch level, right through to national executive meetings.

The union runs 16 in-house courses every year for our shop stewards, health and safety representatives and union learner representatives, building their knowledge base to enable them to represent you to the highest standard. From basic representation to more advanced diversity and equality training, BFAWU aims to deliver first class training through our network of trainers.

BFAWU also runs four union learning fund projects covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, which offer second to none opportunities for workers within the food industry and in the wider community, to build their educational portfolio or to brush up on those subjects that may have been missed or under achieved earlier in life.

The union has a great team waiting to help with computer training from taster days to more advanced applications, help with English, Maths and communication skills or assistance with CV writing.

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Bakers union ensure learning is sweet at cake factory

Bright Blue Foods Ltd is a cake factory in Blackburn, and workers there have been benefiting from the support of BFAWU Learning Project Worker John Fox . John has encouraged the company to sign up to a joint Skills pledge with the union as well as organising learning assessments for staff with a...

Kamran Ali Thrilled to work with the union

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I am thrilled to be working with the BFAWU Learning services as the new project worker and enthusiastic about bringing learning to comrades across the region. Over the past couple of months I have been working as a Project Worker on an interim basis, this gave me great insight into the role and an...

New unionlearn leaflet encourages ESOL support at work

Unionlearn is launching a new leaflet which aims to encourage unions and employers to work together to help workers who would benefit from English language support. “ Are we all speaking the same language? ” highlights the need for good communication in workplaces, and points to the benefits of having workers who are confident with their English...
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Sarfraz builds his confidence and skills thanks to his union

Sarfraz Ali works at Pennine Foods in Sheffield and has been building up both his skills and his confidence thanks to support from the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), and Project Worker Lisa Greenfield . As well as developing his skills Sarfraz is now a Shop Steward and Union Learning...

John shares the bakers’ recipe for success

The bakers’ union BFAWU is overcoming the obstacles facing the 21st century food industry to help people progress throughout the sector. John Vickers , who manages bakers’ union BFAWU Learning Services, has been involved with union learning and training for more than four decades since he first...

URTU supports members to go online

Today people who lack digital skills could be missing out on a lot of fun and opportunities in their lives. For example, 72% of employers require basic digital skills and 25% of jobs are only advertised online. Public services are becoming 'digital by default'. Eventually 90% of public services will...

BFAWU support food workers improve English skills at Oasis Foods

Oasis Foods are based in High Wycombe and produce high quality mayonnaise, sauces and dips for many big foodservice companies. They are expanding rapidly and have invested heavily in new machinery and warehouse space over the past 5 years. Carol Hillaby is BFAWU Project Worker for the South East and...