Beyond the stereotypes: learning for young members, by young members

Matthew Hodgson is a UNISON learning rep and branch young members’ officer for United Utilities in the North West. In this blog he talks about his own experiences as a learner and explains how branches can reach out to young workers with learning opportunities. As a young person I was sadly treated with a stereotypical […]

Three steps to becoming a Trained & Active rep

Over the years, thousands of UNISON members have been supported and mentored into becoming active with the help of the Trained & Active Plan. Inexperienced members have gained the confidence and knowledge to speak up and become effective reps in their workplace. And now the Trained & Active Plan has been updated for a new […]

Ruth looks for the big picture

Last year Ruth Davies, chair of UNISON’s Water, Environment and Transport service group, graduated from Keele University with a Masters degree in International Relations. She told us about why she did it, what kept her going, and what she’d tell other UNISON members considering postgraduate study… What made you decide to do a Masters? I […]

Help us shape the future of learning

Do working people have the skills they need to succeed? Are they getting the training they need to do their jobs properly? And are they prepared to face the future of work? We’re asking all UNISON members to help us find out by completing our Skills For The Future survey. It should take around 15 […]

Understanding dyslexia

UNISON learning reps, health and safety reps and stewards from across the South East region attended a Dyslexia Awareness course this month. Over two day-long modules, participants learned about what dyslexia is, how it affects people, and why it’s an issue that UNISON branches should be considering. After expert trainer Daniel Ahern from Adjust Services […]

Planting, growing, flourishing: using UNISON’s member learning programme to recruit

UNISON offers a wealth of learning opportunities to our members. From bite-sized online learning to improve maths and English, to our ten week Return to Learn and Women’s Lives courses, our member learning programme is an incentive in itself! Here are just a few of the opportunities on offer: Our continuing professional development workshops, run […]

“I have found my voice”

Elizabeth Cameron is a UNISON activist and a member of UNISON’s National Black Members Committee. When she was elected onto the National Executive Council she wanted to understand more about the trade union movement. She spotted an advert in Labour Review magazine for Ruskin College, and found out that she could apply for a UNISON […]

Teasers and tasters: it’s Maths Workout Week!

Unionlearn is marking Maths Workout Week once again this October. It’s a week to celebrate maths learning, to challenge ourselves and others to find out how our maths skills are doing, and to take them to the next level. Last week, at the Stepping Up Another Level event, UNISON learning reps heard from Jane Eyre from […]

Dyslexia Awareness Week

This first week of October is Dyslexia Awareness Week. Dyslexia affects around 10% of the population, and mainly influences the way that people process, store and retrieve information. The theme this year is ’21st Century Dyslexia’, focusing on technology that can assist people in the workplace, at school and at home. Find out more at the […]

Proud to support Reading Ahead

UNISON was delighted to host the launch event for the Reading Agency‘s 2018-19 Reading Ahead challenge at UNISON Centre on 13 September. Reading Ahead is an initiative that encourages less confident readers to choose six pieces (which could be books, articles, poems, blog posts…) and write a brief review of them. It aims to get people […]