English, maths and IT

ESOL learners at ISS Middlesex University

Are you interested in improving your English, maths or IT skills?

Your employer has a responsibility to address your training needs in these areas.

You can also contact your region for information about courses or providers in your area. UNISON has a national agreement with the WEA. GCSE maths and English courses are often free at colleges or adult education providers. Your local library may offer help with IT skills.

UNISON members who wish to study GCSE maths or English can apply for a learning grant of up to £200 for help to buy course books, or with registration or exam fees.

You can also use our Skills Builder tool for quick, fun, informal learning, which uses everyday examples to help you build your skills and confidence around English and maths.

Skills Builder

Some apps and other tools can make reading, writing, and maths easier. You can find some of the most useful ones using our Inclusive Technology Guide.

Inclusive Technology Guide

Getting to grips with digital

If you’re trying to get up to speed with IT, digital, or the world online, start with our digital beginners’ guide, which links to some really helpful resources.

Digital beginners’ guide

Do you work in early years, care, or NHS catering?

Our handy You Can Work It Out guides offer quick hints and tips to help you with English or maths issues you might come across every day in your workplace.

You Can Work It Out: early years

You Can Work It Out: care

You Can Work It Out: NHS catering

Do you want to support English, maths or IT learning in your workplace?

We have produced guidance for UNISON learning reps and organisers on offering English, maths and IT learning opportunities.

Find out more