Inspire your colleagues in the workplace 

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Issue 12, May 2016


Welcome to the Supporting Learners Newsletter from unionlearn.  This electronic publication has been produced to keep you up to date with news, developments and resources that will help support learners in the workplace. 
Unionlearn Annual Conference 2016
The unionlearn Annual Conference 2016 is taking place on Monday 4th of July at Congress House in London.  This special 10th anniversary conference will celebrate union learning successes over the past decade and look at plans for the future. Speakers at the event include comedian Francesca Martinez, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady and crime writer and educationalist Dreda Say Mitchell.  

The event will hear from inspirational Union Learning Reps, will feature uplifting videos and will provide lots of opportunity for networking with a variety of exhibition stands and workshops.
To register to attend this free event visit:
Images: Left: Francesca Martinez @Private
Right: Dreda Say Mitchell @Joseph Kaler
Developing Workplace Learning: Toolkit for trade unions
A European Union funded project supporting workplace learning in the manufacturing, metal, chemical sectors and beyond has produced ‘Developing Workplace Learning’, a toolkit for trade unions.  Using a six-step approach the toolkit provides a series of ideas, suggestions and templates to support trade union representatives in their discussions and negotiations with employers.

It follows joint union work across six countries over the last year – Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain and the UK.  A version of the toolkit is available in the language of each country.

To access the toolkit visit:
Get In Go Far

On Monday 16th May the Government launch the 'Get In Go Far' campaign which aims to inspire young people to consider apprenticeships as a valid and credible route to a rewarding career.  

It will inform young people, parents, teachers and employers about the range of opportunities available with apprenticeships.

For more information visit:
Apprenticeship levy: How it will work

If you are interested in finding out more about the Apprenticeship levy and how it will work you can access recently released information on the GOV.UK website.  It includes details for employers as to 'what counts as your pay bill', 'calculating what you have to pay' and 'how to pay'.  

The apprenticeship levy will be introduced on the 6th April 2017.  For more information visit: 
To find out information on Apprenticeships from unionlearn, visit:
Many Union Learning Reps have already been bitten by the FutureLearn bug and have been promoting the wide range of bite size courses to members in workplaces across the country.

For those who have yet to try them out FutureLearn offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around people, work and home life.

To access the wide range of online course categories including 'Health & Psychology', 'Business & Management' and ' Teaching & Studying' visit:
New Mentoring eNote
TUC Education and unionlearn have developed a new eNote (electronic briefing for reps) which introduces mentoring and how union reps can support apprentices within the workplace.

The mentoring eNote outlines why young people may need additional support in the workplace, defines what mentoring is and outlines the benefits of mentoring.  It includes information on mentoring principles and sets out next steps that reps should take if they want to mentor/support young people in the workplace.

To access this and other eNotes visit the TUC Education website:
Learning at Work Week 2016

Next week is Learning at Work Week which is organised by Campaign for Learning.  It aims to put the spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development and is a great opportunity to inspire your workplace this May.

Information, event ideas, facts and resources can all be found on the Learning at Work Week website:

If you are holding a Learning at Work Week event please let unionlearn know so we can feature it on our website.  Please contact Keith Hatch:
Festival of Learning Awards 2016

Festival of Learning is a national celebration of lifelong learning, with 'Have a Go' learning events taking place during May and June.

The Festival of Learning Awards showcase and celebrate the wonderful things that learning can achieve for individuals, families, communities and employers. 

There is still time for you to get involved, and nominate learners, tutors, projects and employers that deserve recognition.  Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 20th May 2016.  For more information visit:
Take learning to the next level with
The Open University

Recognising the importance of prior study, The Open University enables people who have studied elsewhere to ‘cash-in’ on what they have already learnt by putting it towards a new qualification.
Those who may not have completed their education at another university, or who has done equivalent, university-level study, including HNDs, HNCs and many professional qualifications may be eligible for this opportunity.
It allows them to save time and money and potentially change their life by achieving a qualification they may have thought was beyond their reach.
More information for learners is available at:
Learning Rep Summer 2016
Don't miss the summer edition of the Learning Rep e-magazine.  In this issue find out about the Voice of the Apprentice and Health and Wellbeing unionlearn conferences which took place earlier in the year.

Hear how the CWU has been engaging learners - onsite, online and outdoors, how Usdaw members have been supported with CV workshops and interview sessions, how URTUs learning project has been helping drivers improve their fitness and how the ASLEF learner or the year has been pedalling to success.  Download the Learning Rep here:
Keep up to date with unionlearn

Check out recent News stories, Case Studies and Blogs on the unionlearn website today!


The unionlearn 10th Annual Conference is taking place on Monday 4th of July 2016 at Congress House in London.  
To register to attend this free event visit:

Coming soon... dates for upcoming Supporting Learners events taking place across the country later this year.

If you have any events or information you would like to promote in future issues of Supporting Learners News and/or on the union learning Climbing Frame website please email Louisa Smith:
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