Working with providers

Working with providers

Union Learning Reps (ULRs) are doing great things for themselves and fellow workers in English and maths. The key to success is working in partnerships and pooling expertise to get the best results for learners.

Many centres work with local and regional providers in a number of ways to offer courses and other kinds of learning in English and maths. These providers may be local colleges, adult education providers, training providers or voluntary organisations. Working with providers can open up the range of learning in English and maths and may also make it easier for learners to progress to other courses.

One of the most important partnerships will be with a provider who wants to work with ULRs to help customise and shape how they deliver English and maths in the best way for ULRs, learners and employers. Skills for Life teachers are specialists in the curriculum but ULRs are experts when it comes to understanding their learners and are ideally placed to get employers on board.

Unionlearn can support centres to make sure that the agreements they reach with partner providers result in the best deal possible for learners. We have developed template agreements, guidance documents on issues such as assessments, access to learning and support, minimum quality levels, financial arrangements, data and other information on the learning that takes place, ensuring opportunities for qualification, achievement and progression.

This section gives you ideas on what to look for when choosing a provider:

  • examples of different ways English and maths learning can be delivered,
  • how the ULR role complements the role of specialist teachers,
  • practical examples of different English and maths delivery,
  • examples of ULRs sharing their story.