UNISON East Midlands keeps on learning

For many of us, 2020 was a long, difficult, year. Whether in public-facing roles, working from home, or on furlough, public service workers have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic, and it was only natural to be feeling tired, stressed, or down. That’s why UNISON learning rep Jayne Barry decided to lift people’s spirits […]

New year, new opportunities

UNISON learning continues – online 2021 looks to be almost as challenging a year as 2020 – but that doesn’t have to stop us making plans for the future, building on plans we’d already made, or working to make things better. As new measures are introduced across the UK to combat the spread of the […]

Contracts, redundancy and TUPE law course goes online

Following the success of our online refresher and full length Disability Discrimination Law courses, we’re delighted to be able to offer an online course on Contracts, Redundancy and TUPE law in the new year. This course will be delivered over four morning sessions: Thursday 11 February, 9am-1pm Thursday 18 February, 9am-1pm Thursday 25 February, 9am-1pm […]

“Always developing”: learning through lockdown, learning for the future

Shahida Noor is one of the thousands of UNISON members who have taken advantage of our online learning offer from the Skills Academy. UNISON Learning and Organising Services’ Dan Simmonds asked her about her experience… How did you find out about the learning available from UNISON? I found out via an email from UNISON and […]

“Things I could do to get where I want to be”: the power of union learning

My name is Ann Mckelvey and I am a ULR for UNISON in Leeds. I am very passionate about promoting UNISON and the learning opportunities that are, and should be available. Last year I was in hospital for a major operation. As I made my recovery, I was promoting UNISON services to nursing staff and patients […]

“The impact is immense”

In this guest blog Carol McGrath, UNISON learning project worker in Leeds, explains why union learning is so important to her. I have always had a passion for lifelong learning and I strongly believe learning enables people to live a happier and fulfilled life. A few years ago, happy with my career path and content […]

November’s Inclusive Learning Bulletin is out now!

UNISON is urging the government to reverse its decision to axe the Union Learning Fund (ULF) and preserve the vital lifeline that helps 200,000 workers every year improve their skills, progress in their jobs and boost their employers’ productivity. In this month’s Inclusive Learning Bulletin we share ways in which you can help us campaign […]

The union learning difference

In the stories below you’ll read about UNISON members who have been able to make a real difference to their lives through union learning. But union learning is under threat. The government plans to cut the Union Learning Fund, which allows us to extend our reach and bring more learning opportunities to more members – […]

Union learning is under threat

UNISON has always had a proud tradition of providing learning opportunities for our members. The Union Learning Fund allowed us to extend our reach to non-members as well, meaning that we could help thousands more public services workers improve their skills and knowledge. In councils, schools, hospitals, call centres, universities, to name only a few […]

Learning for organising, organising for the future

The last few months have seen record numbers joining our union – members we’re glad to welcome. But we know that becoming a member is only half the story. If UNISON is to continue to grow and organise we need more active members to take up an activist role – if you’re interested in finding […]