Learning, Training and Skills

Welcome to UCATT’s Learning, Training and Skills pages.

Learning and training with UCATT are for you if you want to:

  • Develop your skills, confidence and ability
  • Learn something new – whether it’s work related or simply learning how to use a computer
  • Update your current skills or qualifications
  • Improve your reading, writing and maths
  • Improve your English language skills
  • Gain a Construction National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
  • Get a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card
  • Become a Work-Based Recorder?
  • Become and On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) Assessor
  • Improve your own and your work mates’ career prospects, earning capacity, job security and employability
  • Become a UCATT Learning Representative

UCATT is proud of its tradition of promoting and supporting Lifelong Learning, training and skills. Learning can transform the lives of working people and we are committed to creating opportunities and breaking down barriers to help our members gain new skills and qualifications. 

Improving the basic skills and qualification levels in the industry is not easy. It depends on us achieving a massive cultural change to overcome the problems presented by a sub-contracting culture and a highly mobile workforce consisting of many “non-traditional” learners with a high level of training need.

“UCATT punches well above its weight on learning even though its union learning representatives (ULRs) are not operating in a typical working or learning environment. There is a massive 


turnover of people on sites and they are operating in a difficult industry. The reality of construction is that there are no computers on desks – and there is a huge digital divide. The fact that we are effectively delivering the union learning agenda in the construction sector is a testament to the quality and efforts of UCATT ULRs at workplace level.” 

Steve Craig UCATT's  National Officer Strategy, Education and Organisation

Lifelong learning can range from improving your English, maths and IT skills right through to gaining a degree. It may lead to a qualification, to learning a new skill or just developing an interest in a subject for fun. It could help you to progress at work, support your children with their school work or develop your skills and hobbies.

alan-jones.jpg“Bringing learning back home helped change my family’s view of learning into a more positive one. I’d never been involved in anything like this before – I’ve always been on the tools rather than on a computer and in fact I’d done no learning between qualifying for my job and starting with the union learning agenda. It’s helped my kids to recognise what can be achieved through learning.” 

- Severnside Housing UCATT ULR Alan Jones

For more information, see our Building Learning at Severnside Housing case study.

Whether working independently, or in partnership with a range of organisations, including other unions, employers and colleges, UCATT has made a dynamic and positive contribution to learning over many years.

In 2010 its work in providing advice, support, guidance and information to construction apprentices was recognised with the Union Learning Fund (ULF) award for Apprenticeships and Young Workers. The union also received a highly commended award in the employer engagement category.

UCATT Learning, Training and Skills Strategy

UCATT is working and campaigning to bring learning and training to all our members.

UCATT’s current previous Lifelong Learning Strategy ran from 2004 to 2010 with the aim of securing a fully qualified and registered construction workforce.

Through the strategy the union helped thousands of construction workers to gain:

UCATT’s Union Learning Fund (ULF) project Reaching Out in the Workplace and the Community builds expanded on its previous strategy. It ran from April 2012 to March 2014 and aimed to raise skills levels by:

  • Engaging with “disadvantaged” learners;
  • Tackling skills and gaps and shortages;
  • Developing “high performance” workplaces;
  • Reaching out to non-unionised workplaces; and
  • Improving equality and diversity.

Find out more about our Reaching Out in the Workplace and the Community project.

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