The TUC has welcomed the comments and recommendations on unionlearn – its learning and skills body – published today by the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee in its report Adult Literacy and Numeracy. The cross-party committee of MPs said union …

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unionlearnThe TUC has welcomed the comments and recommendations on unionlearn – its learning and skills body – published today by the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee in its report Adult Literacy and Numeracy.

The cross-party committee of MPs said unionlearn has “achieved outstanding results at a fraction of the cost of full-time formal education”.

The committee criticised government cuts to unionlearn as short-sighted and recommended they are reversed, saying: “Unionlearn is a cost-effective way of reaching large numbers of learners with the most acute English and maths needs. This is an area of high impact, which offers value for money, so we urge the government to reverse its decision to cut unionlearn’s funding.”

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We welcome the recognition by MPs from all the main parties of the great successes Unionlearn has achieved for both workers and their employers.

“We need a skilled workforce for a sustainable recovery and a strong economy with more living wage jobs and living standards rising again.

“We are keen to continue bringing these benefits to as many workers as possible, especially those who are not reached by traditional learning routes.”


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