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07 July 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970

Union Learning is a £1.4 billion success story that has delivered real opportunities for ordinary working people TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady told the learn Annual Conference.

O’Grady added that unions would be working to support the potential of young people and will be expanding their work on apprenticeships. "We need to make sure we have more good schemes that lead to a good job and a good career," said O’Grady. "Last year nearly 15,000 apprenticeships were supported by the Union Learning Fund."


Institute of Apprenticeships

The conference (held week ending July 7) placed apprenticeships at the centre of the programme. New publications were launched such as 'Unions supporting higher quality apprenticeships' and 'Accessible Apprenticeships'. TUC President Mary Bousted chaired a panel discussion with apprentices from MerseyTravel, HMRC and Unite the Union talking about their experiences. Peter Lauener, Chief Executive for the Institute of Apprenticeships updated delegates on the importance of apprentices and plans to increase numbers of schemes over the coming year.



The conference was also a chance to recognise Union Learning Reps with the 2017 annual ULR awards. This year awards went to:

  • Carol McGrath (UNISON) Supporting Learners with Literacy Skills.
  • Danny Davis (Unite) Supporting Apprentices.
  • Ashraf Haji (PCS) Supporting Older Workers.
  • Neil Crothall (CWU) Supporting Disadvantaged Workers in the Workplace.
  • Jane Eyre & Beverly Herring (UNISON) Supporting Learners with Numeracy Skills.

Picture: Delegates had a lot to ask at the TUC Learn Annual Conference


Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 07 July 2017


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