Shaping the Future

This Thursday, UNISON will release the detailed findings of a significant new piece of research into the learning needs, the hopes and fears of workers in the public services. The University of Exeter’s Marchmont Observatory carried out the research on behalf of UNISON, with a survey sent to members over the winter of 2018/19. Over 38,000 […]

#GetOnlineWeek is here!

This week it’s Get Online Week and UNISON, along with other organisations across the UK, will be supporting people to get online and take part in the digital world. It’s estimated that over 5 million working adults lack the full set of basic digital skills – so with the rise of digitisation and automation in […]

Are you ready for #GetOnlineWeek this October?

There are over 5 million people in the UK who’ve never been online, and a staggering 11.9 million people who don’t have the essential digital skills to navigate life and work. As jobs and the workplace become more digitised workers with low or no digital skills risk being excluded both in the workplace and in […]

It’s Checktember! Find out how your number skills measure up!

National Numeracy is calling on the nation to check their maths skills this September. They have renamed the month ‘Checktember’ and will be encouraging everyone to go online and check that they have the number skills needed for everyday life and work. Research released earlier in the year revealed a third of us wish we were better at […]

Maths and English: not just for termtime

Schools may have broken up for the summer, but for us learning is something that happens all year round. And it can be useful to concentrate on the basics – ‘functional skills’, as they’re called – English, maths, and digital skills. Here are some great free resources to help you and your colleagues do that. […]

Celebrating our winning learning reps

UNISON Learning and Organising Services were proud to watch as two of our learning reps received awards at last week’s Unionlearn conference for their work supporting learning. Jayne Barry from Derbyshire County branch was recognised for her achievements in ensuring that apprentices are supported and receive quality training. A few years ago, as a result […]

Staying Strong with UNISON

UNISON members at Enfield Local Government branch have found out about ways of dealing with stress in a workshop delivered as part of the union’s member learning programme. In the Staying Strong workshop, participants explore different types of stress and what causes it. They identify sources of stress in their own lives, and consider how to […]

U Learn 2019

UNISON’s U Learn magazine is always packed with good news about learning, new training initiatives, and the phenomenal work that our learning reps do. This summer’s edition is no exception. You can read about… … UNISON member James’s journey through a mental health crisis and recovery through creative writing … how Dorset UNISON branch marked […]

Learning variety is the spice of life

North West Leicestershire UNISON branch took advantage of Learning at Work Week to spread the word about the learning opportunities the union offers its members, to get people trying something new – and to have fun! Here are some highlights: Monday The branch set up a stall to promote the learning opportunities and grants available […]

Getting Young Members engaged with learning during #GoForGrowth

2019 is UNISON’s Year of the Young Worker. Most young workers are contending with low wages, insecure jobs and no voice at work, they need trade unions more than ever. But it’s not just securing workplace rights that unions do to support young workers. Getting young workers participating in UNISON’s learning programme is a really […]