As part of Learning at Work and Mental Health Awareness Week this May, Unite the Union Learning Representatives and First Bus South Yorkshire celebrated the continuing success of the Lifelong Learning agenda.
Dozens of migrant workers who have learned crucial language skills through Unite’s pioneering United Migrant Workers Education Programme (UMWEP) celebrated their latest achievements at a one-day event at the union’s London headquarters in the run-up to Christmas.
Unite member Catherine Llewellyn-Jones was a teacher but felt that she needed a change of career – and is now part way through an apprenticeship at Airbus in Filton where she training as an Undergraduate Aerospace Engineer.
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.
Simon Hunneybel , is 44 and has worked nights as a HGV driver for Sainsburys in Waltham Abbey in Essex for nearly 13 years. He never felt he had to worry too much about developing his skills, but his growing family resulted in revaluating this – and his union was there to help.
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.