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 […]

Teasers and tasters: it’s Maths Workout Week!

Unionlearn is marking Maths Workout Week once again this October. It’s a week to celebrate maths learning, to challenge ourselves and others to find out how our maths skills are doing, and to take them to the next level. Last week, at the Stepping Up Another Level event, UNISON learning reps heard from Jane Eyre from […]

An autumn of learning

We have a calendar of great learning events lined up for you this autumn. Take a look – there’s something for everyone! For branch education co-ordinators… For the first time ever, we’re holding a seminar to bring branch education co-ordinators together from across UNISON. This is a chance to network, to find out what’s new […]

UNISON learning reps recognised with Unionlearn awards

UNISON learning reps Jane Eyre and Beverley Herring from Blackpool Health branch, and Donald McCombie from Birmingham City branch, were recognised with awards at today’s Unionlearn conference for their efforts in supporting learning in the workplace. Donald’s activity as a learning rep has seen him running sessions for workers facing forced job transfer or redundancy, […]

Learning tastes good at Solent University

UNISON Southampton District branch and Solent University teamed up to celebrate Learning At Work Week in a delicious way. The university’s Nutrition Lab was opened up to around fifty UNISON members and non-members, who had the chance to try out some recipes, learn some facts about nutrition and find out how much sugar goes into […]

Bringing numbers to life on National Numeracy Day

UNISON is delighted to be a champion of the first ever National Numeracy Day – which takes place on 16 May 2018. Nearly half the working age UK population have the numeracy skills that would normally be expected of a primary school child. The average cost to individuals with poor number skills is £460 per […]

UNISON marks 25 years of learning

Delegates at UNISON’s annual conference for union learning reps (ULRs) celebrated the union’s 25th anniversary year with a programme that explored the past, present and future of learning. General secretary Dave Prentis spoke about UNISON’s proud history of learning, inherited from the three founder unions and developed and strengthened over the last twenty-five years. The […]