Union learning reps praised for their work in engaging new members

unionlearnUnions have helped more than 185,000 members access learning, according to new figures from unionlearn.

Figures from unionlearn’s Quarter 3 Performance Report, which covers the nine-month period from 1 April to 31 December 2014, includes the work of unions working on Union Learning Fund (ULF) funded projects, as well as unionlearn and TUC Education directly.

The report highlights unions’ learning and skills successes, including:

  • 13,323 learners engaged in English and maths learning
  • 22,486 learners on ICT courses
  • 27,841 learners benefiting from CPD
  • 28,146 learners engaged in informal adult and community learning
  • 27,934 union reps (excluding union learning reps (ULRs)) trained via TUC Education
  • 634 new ULRs completing initial stage 1 training
  • 52 new learning centres opened
  • 107 new employer learning agreements signed.

unionlearn director Tom Wilson said: “This is a fantastic achievement that over 185,000 people have been given new learning opportunities thanks to unions. Thousands of ULRs are working with hard to reach learners that otherwise would not receive any training.

“That is what makes the ULR role so unique. Through the support and encouragement of ULRs, disadvantaged learners are being given the confidence and belief to help proceed and prosper at work.

“We’d like to see more union members making a difference in their workplaces, by becoming trained ULRs. And, if you’re interested in workplace learning and not in a union, join up and look at the training available to help you improve your skills.”


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