UCATT have a number of learning centres in the UK to help our members improve their skills.
“We want our own space where union members can feel confident and comfortable. UCATT members want to learn in their own way, when they want and how they want.”
- unionlearn Director Tom Wilson.
Union learning centres have massively changed the landscape of workplace learning. Before they existed, the training centre was often the preserve of management.
The role of the union learning representative (ULR) has been crucial in ensuring that learning centres are now welcoming places for the whole workforce. They provide a space where learners can come at a time that suits them to learn at their own pace in a comfortable and supportive environment.
They provide the opportunity for workers, and increasingly local communities, to improve their basic maths, English and computer and IT skills. And they help people to gain new qualifications or just develop their interests in areas like digital photography or learning a new language.
There are UCATT learning centres in workplaces, including construction sites, and community buildings.
Kier North Tyneside Learning Centre provides basic maths, English and computer courses for its 460-strong workforce. UCATT and Kier plan to open it up to tenants and other residents in the local community as well as the workforces of small and medium-sized employers (SMEs) in Kier’s supply chain.
At Scarborough Training Centre UCATT has teamed up with Willmott Dixon to promote skills and employability in the workplace and the wider community. The centre offers training in carpentry, plumbing, joinery and decorating.
Courses are open to the local maintenance team and to Yorkshire Coast Homes tenants and other residents who want to find out more about working in the construction sector – particularly those who are unemployed or are facing redundancy as a result of business closures.
For information about UCATT support available to ULRs who want to set up a learning centre at their workplace, please contact your regional office.
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