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Summer’s here at last and it’s always a good time in the education world to take stock of the past year

Summer’s here at last and it’s always a good time in the education world to take stock of the past year as we gather our energy to renew our onslaught for the next academic year!

Receiving praise in the FE sector from top politicians is as welcome as it is usually rare

Receiving praise in the FE sector from top politicians is as welcome as it is usually rare. But in the past month key government figures have expressed strong support for the work of our Union Learning Reps (ULRs)

For many in the FE sector August is a time to take stock and take advantage of a well-deserved break

For many in the FE sector August is a time to take stock and take advantage of a well-deserved break. It's also the time of year when we start looking ahead to the new academic year and a new set of challenges. And up and down the country over 18,000 Union Learning Reps are preparing to run new courses, engage new learners and work with new providers. People like Maria Silva at McVitie's in Carlisle, who heads up a migrant workers project, putting her own experience as a migrant worker to great use to help others. Or Stan Sharpe who runs a Learning Centre at Fletcher's Bakery in Sheffield, or Ayub Patel, a ULR at Unichem in Preston, who uses his bilingual skills to engage members of his community in learning.

Alan Johnson's proposal of legislation for compulsory education up to 18 seems to have been well received

Alan Johnson's proposal of legislation for compulsory education up to 18 seems to have been well received. Employers, unions and politicians offered support with various degrees of enthusiasm. By contrast an online e-petition opposing extending compulsory education, set up on the 10 Downing Street website, had received only 11 signatures by last weekend. But if the legislation is to be introduced, as Mr Johnson would like, by 2013, it's just as well that he has six years to iron out the many policy and resource implications thrown up.

Southport event kicks off the Supporting Learners autumn series

Unionlearn will be launching a series of regional Supporting Learners events, being held over the autumn, at Southport this October.

2006 was unionlearn's big launch year and was the year we helped over 100,000 people to access education through their unions

New Year is when we look back on the past year and resolve to do better "“ a bit like looking at an old school report. 2006 was unionlearn's big launch year and was the year we helped over 100,000 people to access education through their unions. We also continued recruiting union learning reps and broke through the 15,000 barrier. But now is the time to look forward and improve on our last reports, however good we think they are.

unionlearn explains the benefits of workplace learning

Bert Clough, search and strategy manager at unionlearn, the training arm of union TUC, explains the benefits of workplace learning.

In her monthly column for FE News Liz Smith, Director of unionlearn, calls for employers to prov

Skills are sexy. At last. Although we in the FE sector have long realised the importance of vocational training, it seems that now the rest of the UK is beginning to wake up to it as well. Since Lord Leitch set out his recommendations for ensuring that the UK tackles its skills crisis, raising skills levels is spoken about much more widely and increasingly by employers. Not only are more and more organisations waking up to the benefits of workforce training, but they are seeing that it makes really good business sense.

Trade union-led learning not only helps unions to grow, but also brings real benefits to employers

Trade union-led learning not only helps unions to grow, but also brings real benefits to employers, including substantial financial rewards as well as the goodwill of their workforce. Only a true cynic would paraphrase Mandy Rice-Davies at this point saying: "but unionlearn would say that wouldn"t they?" Now, however, it is not just unionlearn that is arguing this position, as we have two new academic reports that make these points for us.

The end of the year is generally a time to wind down and gather energy for the year ahead. But at unionlearn we have had a busy month

The end of the year is generally a time to wind down and gather energy for the year ahead. But at unionlearn we have had a busy month. We hosted Bill Rammell MP, Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, at our conference encouraging union learners to aim at higher education. And tomorrow we have invited the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, John Denham MP. In the Midlands international best-selling author Sue Townsend addressed a unionlearn conference together with Gillian Merron MP, Minister for the East Midlands. And at Stansted Airport, learning really took off when unionlearn, Urban Futures, and BAA Stansted worked in partnership to get the Stansted Airport Employment and Skills Academy off the ground. This impressive list reflects the importance with which our partners regard the huge task of increasing skills levels throughout the country. It also shows how that more employers are getting on the skills bandwagon.

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