What’s holding you back?

We’re six weeks into 2018, and many new year’s resolutions have faded to a distant memory. But it’s never too late to think about changes you want to make, or to take steps towards making those changes happen. Where do you want to go? Maybe you want to apply for a promotion at work, or […]

UNISON marks 25 years of learning

Delegates at UNISON’s annual conference for union learning reps (ULRs) celebrated the union’s 25th anniversary year with a programme that explored the past, present and future of learning. General secretary Dave Prentis spoke about UNISON’s proud history of learning, inherited from the three founder unions and developed and strengthened over the last twenty-five years. The […]

Literacy works for Jo

Jo Southern, steward at UNISON Blackpool Health branch, has worked at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for 33 years as a healthcare assistant. In May 2017, she approached the branch’s union learning reps to see if she could get any help to improve her literacy and numeracy skills. They suggested that she attend assessment […]

Speaking up for older workers

Teresa Donegan, head of UNISON Learning and Organising Services, and Jane Shepherd, national education officer, gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee at Parliament on Wednesday morning. The focus of the session was on recruitment and reskilling of older workers. The panel answered questions on addressing conscious and unconscious bias in the recruitment process, […]

2018: a new beginning

2018 could be the year you learn new skills, get new qualifications, and open new doors. Since UNISON and the Open University started working together in 1997, thousands of members have studied accredited courses and have enhanced their career prospects and their confidence as a result. Could you be next? The Open University has produced […]

Widening horizons for UNISON facilities staff

A group of UNISON’s facilities staff recently celebrated the successful completion of their ICT skills course held at UNISON Centre, Euston Road.  All six members of the group attended lessons at the start of their evening shift, and learnt a variety of skills – from formatting text to creating tables and using mailmerge. Several of […]

Removing the barriers to qualification

The National Extension College (NEC) has launched a campaign to make GCSE and A levels more accessible to adult learners. The five-point plan identifies barriers faced by independent learners and proposes ways of removing these. These barriers exist because the system is geared towards mainstream students studying in a local school or college. They include: […]

Celebrating learning partnerships: UNISON signs renewed agreements with The Open University and WEA

UNISON assistant general secretary Roger McKenzie has today signed agreements reaffirming two of the union’s most significant learning partnerships, with the Open University and with the WEA. The three organisations share a common goal: to widen access to education and training and to extend learning opportunities to those who have previously been excluded or discouraged […]

Making the case for high quality apprenticeships

With recent figures suggesting that the number of people starting apprenticeships has fallen by almost 60% since the Apprenticeship Levy came into effect in April this year, it’s more important than ever for UNISON branches to understand the issues and make the case to employers. National learning and workforce development organisers Jon Tennison and Oreleo Du […]

Stepping Up: top tips for taking workplace reading to the next level

Last week, union learning reps (ULRs) from across UNISON gathered to share their experience and generate new ideas in promoting reading in the workplace at our Stepping Up workshop. They came from sectors including local government, healthcare, further education, and police and justice. Some had run the Reading Ahead challenge in their branches; some had […]