Council’s Chief Executive meets with Apprentices for National Apprenticeship Week 2019

We’ve been following the Apprentice Learning Network at Poole Borough Council for a while now, and we’ve been consistently impressed by the way that the apprentices have supported each other, made use of the resources available to them, and promoted learning opportunities. In this piece Freya Kendall, one of the founder members, explains how the […]

Delivering the perfect Learning At Work Week

Learning At Work Week takes place every May, and is organised by the Campaign for Learning, with the aim of drawing attention to the importance and benefits of learning and training in the workplace. ULRs often take a central role in organising Learning At Work Week activities as they provide a great opportunity to introduce […]

Starting strongly: mentoring for apprentices

UNISON and the TUC believe that all apprentices should have a mentor: to help them acclimatise to the workplace, to support them as they think about career options and progress, and pass on their skills and knowledge. And this has been shown to improve apprenticeship completion rates. It’s even better when that’s linked to support from […]

New course for branches: Introduction to Pensions

Learning and Organising Services together with the Pensions Unit have developed a one day course, Introduction to Pensions.  Aimed at branch reps from across service groups, it seeks to demystify some of the issues around pensions. It helps reps to understand their own pension queries and to support and signpost members with similar questions. The […]

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 […]

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 […]