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New TUC Education eNote highlights the Union Learning Advantage

Trade unions have always valued the importance of education and argued for training and skills that improve the life skills of their members. This role has grown rapidly in scope and scale over the last 20 years, and it is now estimated that unions help 200,000 people a year take up learning.

Learning stacks up for award winning Bristol employer

Unionlearn congratulated a South West employer this month as N-Gaged Training and Unite South West presented an award to CHEP Pallets in Severnside, Bristol recognising their commitment to workplace learning and the achievement of their workforce, around 80% of which have taken up the courses available.

Supporting Mid-life Development Survey report now out

Society is growing older and people are living healthier and longer lives. The average age of retirement is nearly 65 years for men and over 63 for women. The concept of sequential life stages has been replaced by many different life roles some of which need to be carried out at the same time such as caring responsibilities and paid work. The average worker will work 6 different jobs at 6 different companies and possibly face 2 redundancy situations during their working life.

Unionlearn - The Learning Rep Summer edition now online

Unionlearn has today published the latest edition of the Learning Rep. The Summer 2017 edition features Rail union ASLEF who have partnered with Virgin Trains to create the very first Apprenticeship programme for train drivers that has set a new benchmark for the rest of the industry.

UNISON event focuses on the Apprenticeship Levy

UNISON are holding an event in London next month to support members explore the details of the new Apprenticeships Levy, and how it might impact on their workplaces.

Unionlearn eNote helps apprentices know their rights

Unionlearn and TUC Education have a new eNote aimed at helping apprentices, and those who support them, understand their rights at work.

Engaging and motivating learners in English - unionlearn workshop this May

Practical advice and ideas to help motivate learners are always helpful. Following the successful delivery in London of a workshop exploring ways of engaging and motivating learners in English last January unionlearn have organised another event – this time in Birmingham.

Unionlearn Annual Conference – first speakers announced

The unionlearn Annual Conference is the flagship event for Union Learning Reps (ULRs), unions and organisations interested in supporting workplace learning – and booking is now open.

Spring Learning Rep focuses on Apprenticeships

Unionlearn has this week published the latest edition of the Learning Rep. The Spring 2017 edition has an apprenticeship focus including an interview with Skills Minister Robert Halfon MP.

Quick Reads and unionlearn team up to address the UK’s reading deficit

The Quick Reads initiative, now part of The Reading Agency, is teaming up with the TUC’s learning and skills organisation, Unionlearn, to help adults and children to escape the “reading deficit trap” – by bringing the proven benefits of reading for pleasure to workplaces across the UK.

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The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

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