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The importance of lifelong learning: Unionlearn has won its spurs as a leading proponent of Skills for Life in the workplace

Unionlearn has won its spurs as a leading proponent of Skills for Life in the workplace, but fewer people are aware of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) work that we are doing. That there is great appetite for CPD is undisputed. In the first month of the unionlearn Learning and Careers Advice Service, the most frequent enquiries were about law and psychology courses. And the majority of people who used this service had no qualifications. All this reveals the hopes and aspirations of trade union learners, who recognise the value of education and are now confident enough to reach out for it. The good news is, that once they have started learning, they just can"t get enough of it.

Lily Allen and the Levellers take part with unionlearn this month

Lily Allen and the Levellers take part with unionlearn this month making cameo appearances in our new 10 minute animation film, Kate and Umar's Incredible Learning Journey. This is the latest in a series of unionlearn films aimed at spreading the learning message to as broad an audience as possible. This film will be shown at Glastonbury later this year, as well as among unions, educational providers, and is available on the unionlearn website at It's free of charge and post and packing is also free.

As we all know in the FE sector and at all levels of learning, learners reap great rewards in all sorts of ways.

Mick was excited but a little scared when he found out he was going to be a dad. His mind scrolled ahead and he thought about his son or daughter coming home from school and asking him to help with homework. He hadn"t had a good experience at school and never thought he would need to bother with reading and writing. Mick's story is typical of a lot of people I meet, who decide that they need to revisit their basic skills. With the help of a supportive employer and dedicated union learning reps, he tackled his lack of skills. Now he is part of the management team and reads his son bedtime stories "“ two equally great achievements!

For every £1 spent on union-led training the economy gets nearly £13 back, new report reveals

The TUC has called on the government to urgently rethink its decision to axe the Union Learning Fund (ULF). 

Unionlearn Supporting Learners events around the regions this autumn

The annual @unionlearn series of regional Supporting Learners events are back this autumn – and going online.

#BuildBackBetter Unionlearn webinar to explore future skills and recovery

A @unionlearn webinar this month will explore skills and the recovery with senior TUC and unionlearn officers discussing the proposed TUC Job Protection and Upskilling Plan.

Unionlearn Value My Skills in now available in 10 languages

The Value My Skills online tool was developed as part of @Unionlearn’s Mid-life Skills Review Project and will help workers explore experiences and skills from all areas of their lives to help identify strengths and areas for development.  

Unionlearn booklet explores green skills for a just transition

@unionlearn is today launching a new publication that explores the need for green skills in the future and the ways that unions can support environmental awareness at work.

Unionlearn webinar offers idea to stay positive in lockdown and beyond

The latest in the @unionlearn series of lockdown webinars offers ideas on how to stay positive in lockdown and beyond and ties in with this weeks #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek  With many employers advising staff to work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, taking care of your mind during periods of self-isolation or prolonged time working from home is extremely important.

The impact of Covid-19 on apprentices explored in unionlearn webinar

Unionlearn are holding the second Lockdown Webinar on Thursday 30th April where @unionlearn project officers will be exploring the impact on #apprenticeships of Covid-19.

End to end learner journeys – from initial to end-point assessments - #FutureOfAssessment Episode 4

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