Presentation on theme: "Welcome. Highlands & Islands learning project Who we are: Scottish Union Learning was established in 2008, and brought together the work of the STUC Skills."— Presentation transcript:
Highlands & Islands learning project Who we are: Scottish Union Learning was established in 2008, and brought together the work of the STUC Skills & Lifelong Learning Team and TUC Education (Scotland). Scottish Union Learning has a small team of staff, based in Glasgow and Inverness, with knowledge and experience of trade union learning and development.
Highlands & Islands learning project What we do: Scottish Union Learning supports trade unions in accessing skills and lifelong learning opportunities that contribute to collective prosperity, fairness and equality, for workers across Scotland. We work in partnership with unions to deliver learning, upgrade skills, promote apprenticeships and engage employers in the learning agenda.
Highlands & Islands learning project Our aims Key priority for Scottish Union Learning in the Highlands & Islands is to support trade unions and Union Learning Reps (ULRs) in the region with the aim of encouraging and helping workers in the area to develop their learning and skills.
Highlands & Islands learning project Provide this support to trade unions and ULRs through ESF and Scottish Government funding: Development Fund: enables trade unions to develop and establish learning infrastructures in the workplace Learning Fund: supports the collective provision of learning that is responsive to workers’ needs
Highlands & Islands learning project Final year of four-year ESF project (recently extended by 11 months to February 2015) To date has supported 1500 learning opportunities for workers across the Highlands & Islands Focus on workforce development and employability Developing a learning infrastructure through organised networks of ULRs and engaging with employers
Highlands & Islands learning project Current Development Fund projects 2014-2015: UNISON: Bringing learning opportunities to women, young workers and migrant workers who live and work in rural/remote areas, with a focus on improving training in the care sector. RMT: Providing accredited learning to improve employability and career progression, and supporting skilled careers and qualifications through developing Modern Apprenticeships. NUJ: Supporting workers in the media sector by training them to meet the challenges of the fast-changing digital environment and working with partners to develop future journalistic talent.
Highlands & Islands learning project Courses supported by the Learning Fund since 2011 include: IT 44 Modern languages 24 Employability/development18 Sector-specific 16 Management11 Maths and accounting10 Everyday skills7
Highlands & Islands learning project Accredited courses supported by the Learning Fund include: British Sign Language and Deaf Awareness Core Maths, Intermediate 2 and NC levels 4 and 5 Basic IT, PC Passport and ECDL Essentials to level 5 Sage Line 50 Accounts Understanding & supporting individuals with dyslexia Cambridge Business English CMI Introduction to Management
Highlands & Islands learning project Certificate of Higher Education Open: Targeted at workers out of education since school Two year part-time study programme for workers to gain an HNC-level (SCQF level 7) qualification 15 workers located from Orkney to Helensburgh Retention stands at 73% Pass rate to date 86% Completion date end of October 2014
Highlands & Islands learning project Non-accredited courses supported by the Learning Fund include: Basic French and Spanish Filming and editing for the web using i-Devices Ready Study Go! Customer care Presentation skills Introduction to Locksmithing
Highlands & Islands learning project Supporting and celebrating the work of ULRs: H&I ULR Conference 13 June 2014 H&I ULR Survey July 2014 Cross-union ULR Learning Forums ULR forums: Inverness, Caithness, Orkney, Western Isles Pan-Highlands ULR Forum – 25 November 2014 ‘eNews’, ‘Live & Learn’, online resources Highlands and Islands Facebook group