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Unite for Cheaper Online Training

19 May 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970

The Unite union has pioneered an e-education programme to help working people get access to training.

With adult education having experienced and still to experience cuts, the country’s biggest union, Unite is pioneering new online training and education to ensure that working people do not lose out on skills and development.


Apprenticeship penalty

Research suggests that the budget for adult learning has fallen by over 40 per cent since 2009 and will fall further as colleges switch to providing apprenticeship training.

By teaming up with UK edtech firm, e-Careers Limited, Unite is now able to offer varied educational support to its members - and also shave hundreds of pounds off courses.

Announcing the new e-education scheme, Len McCluskey Unite general secretary said: “Cuts in education are making it extremely tough for working class families to raise their skills, yet continued education is one of the paths to greater development and equality.

“That is why we are bringing e-learning to our members and their families giving them an opportunity to broaden their horizons with courses to suit all learners covering a huge variety of professions, at a much reduced cost.

“People can study at their own pace, at home or at work but they will not be alone. Skilled mentors and trainer are on hand and will even make sure that learners can sit their exams at home."

The courses offer online mentoring and support from UK based tutors and 24 hour expert support Monday to Friday. The courses are open to members and their families, with interest free payment plans.

Jonathan Ward Business Development Director for e-Careers added: “Unite’s commitment to providing affordable and accessible learning opportunities and career pathways for its members has really driven this project.”

Examples of the new online and accredited courses include Prince2 Project Management, Accountancy and Book Keeping and I.T courses certified by Microsoft and Cisco – with many e-learning opportunities for continued professional development, help with CV’s or even to start business. 

Picture: Unite has launched an e-education programme

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 19 May 2017


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