UNISON partners with Staff Skills Academy to give members free online learning

UNISON is keen to ensure that members still have access to the high-quality training that the union provides, even though it’s not possible to meet face-to-face during the current coronavirus crisis. That’s why the union has formed a partnership with the Staff Skills Academy to give members access to over 550 free online courses, from […]

UNISON learning for mental health and wellbeing

This is a strange time. Your workload may have doubled – or you may have been asked to stay at home and avoid other people. Things may be difficult, or stressful, or frightening. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together some resources designed to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. Some of […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]