UNISON learning is still here for you

Training our activists and providing learning opportunities for our members has always been an essential part of our role – so, while we have had to postpone all face to face training during this current crisis, we have massively ramped up our online learning provision. If you are a new steward we have made arrangements […]

“No pressure”: UNISON authors in conversation

Wendy Hudson is a local organiser based in UNISON’s Glasgow office. Kathleen Jowitt is an assistant education officer at UNISON Centre. But they’ve got something else in common beyond working for UNISON – they’re both award-winning authors, Wendy for Four Steps, which won a Golden Crown Literary Society Debut Author Award, and Kathleen for Speak Its Name, […]

“A natural fit”: working with creative writing organisations

Lyndsey Marchant, regional learning and development organiser in the North West, had received several inquiries from members about creative writing courses. So she approached Writing on the Wall, a Liverpool-based organisation with a particular focus on outreach and diversity. She explains, Working with Writing On The Wall was a natural fit: WOW is a well known organisation […]

“Just ask!”: creative writing and working with authors

Janice Parker is a learning rep in UNISON Corby branch, part of the UNISON Northants Learning cluster. In this blog she explains how she worked with author Louise Jensen to put on a creative writing workshop for UNISON members from across Northamptonshire. Creative writing is something that I am very interested in myself as I write poetry, […]

WULF: the first nine months

WULF? The Wales Union Learning Fund project. It’s been part of UNISON Cymru/Wales for nine months now, and great things are happening. Project workers Jenny Griffin and Richard Speight explain: We’re continuing to put on courses all over Wales for those working in schools, health or social care. Our current Social Care Programme has seen […]

Time to get ready for Learning at Work Week

Learning Journeys is the 2020 theme for Learning at Work Week, taking place from the 18th to the 24th of May this year. The week, organised by the Campaign for Learning, provides a great opportunity for ULRs to promote learning across the workplace, engaging colleagues in exciting and innovative activities that showcase the importance of […]

A win-win opportunity

UNISON learning reps from across the South East region gathered in Guildford for a network day earlier this month. Vicki Gibbs, area organiser for education and equalities, organised the event, and spoke about the ‘many joys’ of lifelong learning. The learning reps discussed their experiences so far.  Presenting learning as a ‘win-win’ opportunity for employers […]

Online registration is coming!

Over the last few months, developers have been working to create a new way for UNISON activists and members to apply for our training courses. Your region will be testing this new facility over the next few weeks by making it possible to register online for some courses. How do I apply for a course? […]

From a sweet incentive to lunch and learn: making learning appetising in Bristol

Six months ago, Teresa Crichton, communications officer at Bristol branch, set up a recruitment and learning stall – but she found it difficult to engage either with UNISON members or with non-members. So she changed her approach: she set up three more stalls at different locations across the city, and gave out chocolates with an […]

Skills for the Future

UNISON has today released a comprehensive report on its research into public service workers’ experiences, hopes and fears around learning, training, and the future of work. The Skills For The Future survey was undertaken by the University of Exeter’s Marchmont Observatory on behalf of UNISON. With over 38,000 responses, the survey was the biggest of […]