From the TUC

Union learning

VIDEO: Professional Development for union officers

20 Aug 2014, By

Professional development.  Often overlooked due to casework deadlines, campaign actions and the general day to day work of being a union officer. But it is important for union officers to continue professional development as part of building union capacity.

Three challenges facing union learning

17 Jun 2014, By

The TUC’s work on learning is the trade union movement at its best – positive, progressive, and popular. Union learning is focused firmly on the future and on making our economy stronger and more productive, but for all the progress we have made we still have a mountain to climb. Amongst the many challenges facing…

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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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