From the TUC

Union learning

When it comes to skills, Britain needs to do better.

28 Oct 2013, By

Our current laissez faire approach to skills – leaving employers to their own devices – simply isn’t fit for purpose. If this country is to thrive in tomorrow’s global economy and if we are to build a fairer and more equal society, then we have to change. Although there may be a few welcome signs…

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TUC Organising Academy 2012-13

12 Jul 2012, By

I am pleased to announce the release of the TUC Organising Academy’s programme of courses for 2012-13. Renewing our partnership with Ruskin College, we are delivering a range of courses which support increasing the capacity of unions to be strong, effective and campaigning organisations.

Much to learn from Germany on industry and skills

01 May 2012, By Guest

Last week I was one of a number of trade union officials and shop stewards who took part in a visit to Germany to look at training and skills. We went with Skills Minister John Hayes MP and representatives of BIS and the UK Commission For Employment and Skills. The delegation visited the Siemens plant in…

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Wakefield takes me ‘back to the future’

29 Mar 2012, By

When the opportunity came for me to return to my home town of Wakefield I couldn’t resist. My colleagues in UCATT had raved about the work that Wakefield District Housing (WDH) had done to deliver low carbon housing developments, train their workforce and deliver for their communities in the process. ‘Seeing is believing’ as the…

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Are trade unions the ghost in the UK learning system?

13 Jun 2011, By

Why we need to know what union members think about learning at work So, what do we know know about what workers or industry and union leaders think about union support for lifelong and workplace learning in the UK? Do all workers know what Union Learning Representatives are and what they do?  Do workers who…

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Updated skills anyone?

08 Dec 2009, By

The successful launch of the TUC/ Organising Academy partnership on Friday marks a new era for trade union organising.  Bringing into the already successful programme will be Ruskin’s “history of educating trade unionists to organise for social justice and social justice and mobility“  Audrey Mullander, Principal of Ruskin College in this months the learning rep (page 9)…

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Check out organising via lifelong learning

14 Jul 2009, By

A quick shout for USDAW’s ‘Check out Learning’ project which has just been declared ‘Best campaign’ in the TUC’s Annual Media Awards.  What’s particularly interesting about the campaign from an organising point of view is that outcomes on recruiting new members AND activists have been put front and centre by the union.   Like many union projects aimed…

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