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Wales TUC Cymru Y Rhwydwaith Rhagoriaeth Network of Excellence December 2012 Rhagfyr No.2 Festive Greetings to all Network of Excellence members

Net News Thanks to all who have contributed items to this edition of Net News! Please pass on Net News to your colleagues and/or copy & paste items for your own workplace newsletters.

Watch this! I'm impressed and I think it’s well worth publicising: http://www.facebook.com/landfillharmonicmovie Scroll down to find the clip or use this link http://vimeo.com/52711779 The members of the orchestra go through the landfill waste to find items from which they can make musical instruments; it's remarkable and inspirational. I hope you enjoy it and have a good Christmas. Cheers, Chris

Network meetings in February Book the date and your place. All meetings start at 10am and will finish no later than 4pm. The morning consists of updates and short briefings and the afternoon workshops and short training sessions for ULRs and reps. Bring your lunch! Tuesday

5th February Aberystwyth

Wednesday 6th February Port Talbot

venue to be confirmed venue to be confirmed

Friday 8th February Caerphilly Leisure Centre, Virginia Park, Caerphilly, CF83 3SW. Situated near Caerphilly Rugby Club and right next to Caerphilly Golf course. Tuesday 12th February Brecon Powys County Council, Neuadd Brycheiniog, Cambrian Way, Brecon LD3 7HR Ground floor conference room

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Wednesday 13th February

Caernarfon

venue to be confirmed

Local help and advice about suitable venues is always appreciated! Thanks to Sheila for booking the Brecon venue. Meetings are informal, friendly and importantly – useful! Book your place by contacting Bernice Waugh bwaugh@tuc.org.uk

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Have you made any New Year Resolutions yet? Once the festivities of Christmas are over and 2012 draws to a close, we all look back on what we've achieved in the last 12 months. If you feel there is something missing and you wish you could have done more, or maybe you are wondering how you could have made more of a difference, then why not sign up for our Engendering Change course now? Our first Engendering Change Course of 2013 starts on Wednesday 16th January 2013 from 9.30am-3pm in Loudoun Square, Butetown, Cardiff. In partnership with Cardiff Community Housing Association, the course is run over 6 Wednesdays and will include a free crèche on site. Engendering Change successfully develops women's confidence and ability to get their voices heard in their community and just might be the perfect way to start you on the right path in 2013. Contact us today to find out more and reserve your place! Call us on 02920 221965 or email admin@wmad.org.uk

Get Online @ Home Microsoft digital inclusion initiative Get Online @ Home. The aim of the scheme is to provide affordable, internet ready computers throughout the UK to eligible recipients. Union Learners can benefit from the Get Online @ Home. Computer Recyclers UK are very proud to support the Microsoft Digital Inclusion Initiative, Get Online @ Home, helping the nation get online, with affordable, no nonsense Windows 7 desktops & laptops, starting from as little as ÂŁ99. Take a look at what you may be eligible for www.computerrecyclersUK.com (A number of Union Learning centres in Wales have purchased computers through the scheme for schools & businesses using WULF funding.) Want to know more? Contact Marcus Griffiths Apollo House Penygraig Ind. Estate

Penygraig

Rhondda Cynon Taff

CF40 1HZ

Tel: 01443 434675 Mob: 07908707804 Web: www.computerrecyclersuk.com

Six Book Challenge 2013 www.readingagency.org.uk/sixbookchallenge Many thanks to all of you who have ordered the bilingual Six Book Challenge materials for 2013. We're pleased at the take-up so far but would like to increase it in time for January! So please look at the Shop NOW or get in touch if you have any queries. Wales was represented at our birthday celebrations last week by Shelley McNally, Outreach Officer at Blaenau Gwent Libraries, who received a gold award from our Ambassador Adele Parks for achieving 155 completers in 2012 Congratulations! Gyda dymuniadau gorau/With best wishes Genevieve Clarke, The Reading Agency genevieve.clarke@readingagency.org.uk 0871 750 2104 / 07500 010 620

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FREE 2 day accredited training – refreshments included! Please forward to any colleagues you know who might be interested – thanks!

Embedding and contextualising literacy and communication in other learning Friday 18th January 2013 9.30/10 – 3.30 and Friday 15th March 2013 9.30/10 – 3.30 Coleg Ceredigion, Aberystwyth SY23 3BP A great opportunity for those in post-16 education/training to: • extend understanding of literacy/communication as it relates to your learners (in a vocational, work-based, ESW or other learning context) • develop effective teaching and embedding strategies • share ideas with colleagues in an informal and supportive environment • gain a University of Wales, Newport accreditation (10 credits at L4)* Interested? Please book your FREE place by completing the attached application form as fully as possible and returning it to the course tutor Rachel Stubley at rachel.stubley@newport.ac.uk *To gain the certificate, you must take part in both the above workshops, try out some new ideas in your workplace, and write a short report on your experiences. Look out for more CPD in mid Wales next spring: 1st Feb/3rd May – Embedding and contextualising Numeracy (Coleg Powys, Newtown)

Make time to read this Christmas The campaign, which is targeted at parents/carers of children aged 5-14, emphasises that reading should be for enjoyment and doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to just books. More Go to this website: http://betterreading.co.uk and enter the competition to win a Kindle.

Kids in Museums Want to join our team? Kids in Museums are looking for volunteers in Wales. Kids in Museums works with museums to make them more welcoming to young people, children and families, in particular those who have never visited before. We are currently recruiting part time volunteers to help with our projects in Wales. Volunteers are highly valued within the organisation - Kids in Museums volunteers recently won an award for innovation around the Takeover Day initiative, an annual day on which museums are taken over by young people. If you’d like to be involved, please email getintouch@kidsinmuseums.org.uk with your CV and tell us a bit about yourself. You can find out more about Kids in Museums at www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk

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Learndirect Learndirect offer over 100 languages at 4 levels all on line including Arabic. Welsh and all the European languages are funded and we are happy to chat about reduced rates on the non-funded ones. Would this be of any interest to you? Here’s the info page http://learndirect.co.uk/#tabs-7 takes you to more detail here

when you click the languages button on the right it

http://www1.learndirect-business.com/foreign-languages/ 100 languages at 4 levels

which offers you over

Most of them have a try before you buy link so you get a taste of the course. I have some funding available for the languages below. Contact me, Dave Mather, for more information dmather@bridgend.ac.uk Welsh - Beginners Welsh - Beginners Plus (Talk More) Welsh - Intermediate (Talk The Talk) Welsh - Business (Talk Business) French - Beginners French - Beginners Plus (Talk More) French - Intermediate (Talk The Talk) French - Business (Talk Business) German - Beginners German - Beginners Plus (Talk More) German - Intermediate (Talk The Talk) German - Business (Talk Business) Spanish - Beginners Spanish - Beginners Plus (Talk More) Spanish - Intermediate (Talk The Talk) Spanish - Business (Business Talk) Italian - Beginners Italian - Beginners Plus (Talk More) Italian - Intermediate (Talk The Talk)

Italian - Business (Talk Business) English (Beginner) English Beginner Plus (Talk More) English Intermediate (Talk The Talk) English Business (Talk Business) Greek - Beginners Chinese Mandarin - Beginners Chinese Mandarin - Beginners Plus Chinese Mandarin - Intermediate (Talk The Talk) Chinese Mandarin - Business (Talk Business) Arabic - Beginners Arabic - Beginners Plus Arabic - Intermediate (Talk The Talk) Arabic - Business (Talk Business) Polish - Beginners Polish - Beginners Plus Polish - Intermediate (Talk The Talk) Polish - Business (Talk The Talk) Japanese - Beginners

Macmillan I just thought you would like to know that Macmillan has produced some more resources around the working through cancer issues. They can be found here; http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinformation/Livingwithandaftercancer/Workandc ancer/Workandcancer.aspx

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Do you want to know how to use social media for continual professional development (CPD)? Come along to our FREE

Tweet Meet At the Department of Health Sciences, Glyndŵr University, Mold Road, Wrexham. 14th February 2013 Time 12 -2pm Networking lunch provided Places are limited so please book via sarah.barnes@rcn.org.uk Tel: 029 2068 0745 Alternatively contact Marjorie Lloyd: m.lloyd@glyndwr.ac.uk Supported by WULF funding from the Royal College of Nursing (Wales) (RCN) union learning fund and the Flintshire and Wrexham branch Union Learning Reps (ULRs). Non-members welcome  *Please bring your mobile phone with the Twitter™ application loaded. You can set up an account in less than 5 minutes at www.twitter.com

Learning Rep magazine Features this edition • Janette Dunbar is ULR of the year • Family Learning Festival • TUC Congress • unionlearn at the party conferences • Quick Reads 2013 • Simon Kernick Click here to download the learning rep winter 2012 Or, go here, http://www.unionlearn.org.uk/sites/default/files/learningrep-winter2012.pdf

Student Finance Wales Practitioner Page Student Finance Wales have just published a new Practitioners page. This will become the place for teachers and student advisors to find the latest student finance information and resources regarding higher education. More

NIACE Dysgu Cymru 2013 Inspire! Awards Deadline is Friday 8th February 2013 NIACE Dysgu Cymru is pleased to launch the 2013 Inspire! Awards. Once again, the Tutor and Mentor awards will become part of the Learner Awards Ceremony. Nominations are expected for outstanding learners and tutors from further education, higher education, the workplace or the community. The nomination process is now open and the deadline is Friday 8th February 2013 See http://www.niacedc.org.uk/campaigns-2012/13/inspire-awards-2013

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Information for employees / Gwybodaeth i weithwyr This is a free, confidential service offering advice and support. Dyma wasanaeth cyfrinachol ac am ddim yn cynnig cyngor a chefnogaeth. Is it for you? / Ydy o ar eich cyfer chi? Are you worried about your alcohol and/or drug use? /Ydych chi’n poeni am eich defnydd o alcohol a / neu gyffuriau? Have you missed work or been late because of a hangover? /Ydych chi wedi methu gwaith neu wedi bod yn hwyr yn cyrraedd oherwydd eich bod yn dioddef o ben mawr? Do you feel your concentration is affected by alcohol, drugs or prescribed medication? /Ydych chi’n teimlo bod eich defnydd o alcohol, cyffuriau neu feddyginiaeth bresgripsiwn yn amharu ar eich gallu i ganolbwyntio? Is the alcohol and/or drug use of someone close to you having an impact on your life? /Ydy defnydd alcohol a / neu gyffuriau rhywun sy’n agos atoch yn cael effaith ar eich bywyd chi? For more information call / Am wybodaeth bellach CAIS 01492 863000 Drugaid 01685 721991 WGCADA 01792 646421

Quick Reads The workplace packs are only £85 now for 48 titles, or refill packs (without the stand and posters) are £65. http://www.quickreads.org.uk/buying-your-quick-reads/workplace-packs

Coming up in Jan and Feb 2013 Subsidised training from NUJ Training Wales is open to all union members in Wales. Most of our courses cost just £25 a day, thanks to government funding. Courses coming up........ Back by popular demand, we have courses on Building your Own Website and Writing for the Web in the New Year. Tutor: Simon Williams Please register your interest by emailing us stating where you live. Thank you North Wales Against the Cuts for this youtube link about trade unions. Good one! http://www.facebook.com/l/1AQF0dhvn/www.youtube.com/watch? v=dNb0VYyfarc

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Agored Cymru Level 2 Award in Supporting Adults in Essential Skills (Supporting Literacy Learners route) The Level 2 Award in Supporting Adults in Essential Skills enables the learner to develop the skills to engage and support adults with communication, numeracy, or ESOL needs. The qualification is for those people working or volunteering in Adult Community Learning (ACL), Work based learning (WBL), Further Education (FE) or indeed any organisation which comes into contact with adults needing to improve their communication, numeracy or ESOL skills. Entry Requirements: Learners must:  be at least 18 years of age  attend all taught sessions and tutorials (min 80%), and undertake all assessed written work  be prepared to undertake a minimum of 8 hours placement supporting literacy learners  be competent in English. In order to properly support adults with essential skills needs, learners should have communication skills at level 2 or above Course content: Two mandatory units:  Engaging adults and young people as essential skills learners - signposting  Supporting adults and young people in essential skills learning- support in the learning environment Three optional units (according to the subject pathway chosen):  Supporting Literacy Learners  Supporting Numeracy Learners  Supporting ESOL Learners Duration of the course: 15 weeks: 3 hours per week Assessment: • Keep a reflective journal • Complete a placement report • Develop a Personal Action Plan • A minimum of 8 hours placement supporting literacy learners • Two observations of placement: • Complete written assessments • Assemble a course portfolio Cost of the course: Free Contact Details: For further advice on the course, please contact the Skills for Life department at Coleg Llandrillo, Llandudno Road, Rhos on Sea, Colwyn Bay LL28 4HZ. Tel: 01492 546666 ext 411 or – Sue Wilkins, Course Co-ordinator, ext 464

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Ascent Programme Fully funded management training and development for women employees The Ascent programme is a free programme of training and support developed to help women learn key management skills and gain a recognised qualification. We have helped over 1,500 women in Wales gain a qualification helping them to gain confidence, be more productive, manage their time more effectively and take on additional responsibilities. ILM level 2 – Leadership and Team skills award (5 days course) For team leaders or aspiring team leaders, to develop both confidence and skills to work towards or improve as a team leader, including time management, stress management, setting objectives, workplace communication, addressing areas of personal and staff development. ILM Level 3 Leadership and management award (6 days course) For first line managers who have the responsibility for managing budgets and other staff. Covers problem solving and decision making – a great opportunity to investigate issues affecting the business and to research and present possible solutions, together with leadership skills, motivating and developing a team effectively. We are now booking and have a limited number of spaces available starting in 2013 so call now! Courses are available in Ebbw Vale, Cwmbran, Ystrad Mynach, Treforest, Abercynon and Bridgend To nominate an employee(s) or if you would like more information please do get in touch by using the telephone number or email below. Please feel free to pass this email on to anyone who could benefit. Alternatively, click on the link below for case studies on the successes of previous participants. If you have any questions regarding the Agile Nation project or would like to check availability of course dates, then please get in touch. Kind Regards Andrew Reed

Tel 01443 824410 or 07807 014227

March 8th International Women's Day Ever wondered what Daniel Craig would look like in a pair of women's shoes? Well wonder no more..... Commissioned for International Women's Day 2011, this is the first film featuring Bond to be directed by women and the inequalities mentioned are just as true today. Have a look at it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkp4t5NYzVM or, Youtube and search for We Are Equals. Thanks to Women Making A Difference for the reminder about this clip. Sign up to the WMAD e-news: WMAD contact information: Women Making a Difference, NFWI Wales Office, 19 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9HA. Tel: 02920 221965 or mobile: 07882 140984

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French Congrats to BBC General Director French feminist group La Barbe congratulates the BBC for nominating another man for General Director. In a true 1940 radio style, La Barbe congratulates the BBC for appointing another man for its new general director, the 19th since the creation of the World famous Broadcast. To listen to the audio letter or read the full article, see our website here

Women Making a Difference website www.wmad.org.uk

On our currently advertising the following opportunities:

we are

Appointment of Trustee Torfaen Leisure Trust Closing Date: 7th January 2013 Appointment of Trustees Tros Gynnal Plant Closing Date: 11th January 2013 For more information see our public appointments page on our website here We have lots more volunteering, job and public appointment opportunities on our website in addition to more events. www.wmad.org.uk

Updates for TU ED course Booklet The TU Ed course booklet for Sept 2012-July 2013 has now been revised as a couple of our course providers (Bridgend College and WEA South Wales) have changed address/contact details. We will not be reprinting the booklet but have instead issued an updated PDF which you can view online or download as a PDF. Details have been posted on the main WTUC homepage and on the Learning Services website. Updated contact details for booklet: Bridgend College - for course listings in Bridgend (pg 15), Merthyr Tydfil (pg 18) and Swansea (pg 21) Applications to: Kay Smith/Richard Young, Trade Union Studies Unit, Bridgend College, Morien House, Bridgend Business Centre, Bridgend Industrial Estate, Bridgend CF31 3SH. Tel: 01656 763233 Email: Ksmith@bridgend.ac.uk or ryoung@bridgend.ac.uk WEA South Wales - for course listings in Cardiff (pg 17) Applications to: Terry Bishop, WEA Offices Rooms 110 & 112, The Innovation Centre, Festival Drive, Victoria Business Park, Ebbw Vale NP23 8XA Tel: 07775 448 471 Email: t.bishop@weasouthwales.org.uk For a list of all the Spring Term TU Ed courses, that you can print out and put on a notice board, go to page 15

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Next OpenLearn Champion training - Wrexham January We're running our next OpenLearn Champion training in Wrexham (Glyndwr Uni) on Tuesday 22nd January. Places are FREE and we're targeting people who promote learning as part of their day jobs or volunteering roles. – like union learning reps. This is part of a Reaching Wider Project in mid and north Wales aiming to use free informal learning www.open.edu/openlearn as a stepping stone to further learning. If you're interested in finding out more - please go to the project blog http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/OpenLearn_in_North_and_Mid_Wales or get in touch directly. Places are limited! Many thanks, Gayle Hudson (Widening Access Open University in Wales) gh4385@openmail.open.ac.uk

Get set for study …….. get ready for Higher Education in 2013 The BA Preparation Programme in Humanities starts in April 2013 at Swansea University campus and in 7 community venues across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. The BA Preparation Programme in Humanities is a part-time course designed with adult learners in mind and is an ideal opportunity for people to sample courses offered by the Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE), especially if they are considering studying the part-time BA (Honours) Humanities Degree. The university offers a fee waiver scheme for eligible students and there are no formal entry requirements to study the BA Preparation Programme. We are holding a series of Open Days, Taster Workshops and Community Based Lectures throughout February and March where prospective students will have the opportunity to find out more and meet one of the team. Please see our website for further details www.swansea.ac.uk/dace/ If you or anyone else you know might want to take advantage of this Programme, please contact Paul Dicks on 01792 295935 or p.dicks@swansea.ac.uk for further details. Please feel free to distribute this information.

Sustainable Development Guide for Trade Union reps This European guide for union reps with an interest in environmental issues is intended to be used as a tool to help trade unionists at all levels to better understand the importance of sustainable development in their own industries, workplaces and unions. The guide includes information on the tools already available, many examples of union good practice in the UK and across the EU, and information on the rights and policies we want to promote. Whether through union-only initiatives or collective bargaining, we hope this guide will give inspiration to union representatives and provide a basis for unions to work together to promote solutions for people and the planet and not just for profit. Download the guide here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/tucfiles/447/GreenSind_ing1.pdf

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Free online learning with The Open University’s OpenLearn What is OpenLearn? OpenLearn is the UKs biggest repository of Open Educational Resources (OER). Over 600 FREE courses are available from introductory to advanced level, each takes between 1 and 50 hours to study. OpenLearn has integrated podcasts and video materials from ITunesU and YouTube. It is completely free to use and can offer pathways to formal learning. www.open.edu/openlearn OpenLearn courses include; beginners Welsh, Welsh history, debt management, business, study skills guides, health and wellbeing, academic English assessment tools, and hundreds more. Most of the courses have interactive activities and learners using OpenLearn can track their progress on courses through their own personal ‘learning space’ and connect with other learners in discussion forums. Most of the content is in English, we have some content in Welsh and more is planned. All the latest Welsh medium content and Wales related subjects such as ‘Contemporary Wales’ and ‘Welsh History’ are linked through our OpenLearn Wales website. www.open.edu/openlearn/wales-cymru

Drop in and find out about free courses Hundreds of FREE online courses available through OpenLearn, including:  Budgeting  Internet shopping  Employability skills  Supporting your children

History  Maths  Languages  Science and much, much, more

Drop in to Parys Training Unit 2, Site 9, Amlwch Business Park, Amlwch LL68 9BQ on 2nd Wednesday of the month from 1.00 - 3.00 pm 9 Jan, 13 Feb, 13 March Drop in to Llangefni Library Lôn y Felin, Llangefni, LL77 7RT on 1st Tuesdayof the month 10.00 - 12.00 1 Jan NO SESSION, 8 Jan, 5 Feb, 5 March, 2 April, 7 May, 4 June, 2 July Drop in to Holyhead Library Newry Fields, Holyhead, LL65 1LA on 2nd Thursday of the month from 10.00 - 12.00 10 Jan, 14 Feb, 14 March, 11 April, 9 May, 13 June, 11 July www.open.edu/openlearn

Team Wales Hall of Fame Every year, hundreds of ambitious students, trainees and apprentices across the UK get involved in skills competitions. These competitions test who has the ability to be a champion. And for those who've got what it takes, career stardom awaits. This is a message from some of those who have successfully made it into the Team Wales 'Hall of Fame' (youtube)

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Shelter Cymru is Wales's people and homes charity. We believe that a decent secure home is a fundamental right and essential to the health and well-being of people and communities.

Work it out project: The Work it out project provides information and early accessible advice on housing, debt and other related issues to people in work. Find out more!

Housing Support Services: Advice and ongoing intensive support to people who may be experiencing difficulties managing their tenancy or mortgage. Income Maximisation Housing Benefit Projects: Provides tenants with information about the benefits they are entitled to so they don't get behind with the rent. Find out more! Or use this link (Ctrl + click) http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=ckd9ajiab&v=001KdaRoZmLBVwUm86qQ1ELPXBKVJcWRTaSnJ9ySFYLyS3ekrjHPa3ajsKC17yC5sg05YCfX7xeo_7lzfhmMi8ct34saEjUShHx9Otq77 NEaA%3D

Nominate a Learner and/or a Tutor NIACE Dysgu Cymru is pleased to launch the 2013 Inspire! Awards. The ceremony will take place at a venue to be announced in South East Wales on 16th May 2013. Once again, the Tutor and Mentor awards will become part of the Learner Awards Ceremony. Nominations are expected for outstanding learners and tutors from further education, higher education, the workplace or the community. Learners can be studying any subject from Archaeology to Welsh. Tutors may work in essential skills, vocational qualifications, languages, online through e-tutoring and / or in a voluntary capacity as a mentor. The nomination process will open from Monday 1st October 2012, and the deadline for nominations is Friday 8th February 2013. To help us cut down on waste paper and save money in printing costs you can now nominate online Nominate a learner or tutor for an Inspire! Award here ! Inspire Awards Categories are: Learner Awards  Active Learning for Health and Well-being  Employee in Learning  Learning in a Digital World  Essential Skills for Life Learner  Young Adult Learner  Older Learner  Learning Workplace  Group Learning  Family Learning

Tutor/Trainer Awards  Outstanding New Tutor/Trainer  Essential Skills for Life Tutor/Trainer  Volunteer Tutor/Trainer  Lifetime Achievement  Tutor Team/Department

This is the link to nominate: http://www.niacedc.org.uk/nominate-now And this is the link to the advert and some details: http://www.niacedc.org.uk/campaigns-2012/13/inspire-awards2013 ULRs and project managers are well placed to nominate in the two highlighted categories and in the tutor/training Awards. Who do you know who deserves an accolade?

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Fairtrade Fortnight is from Monday 25 February to Sunday 10 March 2013! Next year it’s time to take a stand for the food we love and the people who grow it. Without our support now, farmers in developing countries face an uncertain future. In 2012 we asked everyone to take a step for Fairtrade and nearly 1 million steps have been registered so far. But there’s still so much more to do. In 2013 we want to take Fairtrade further and we need your help to reach more farmers and workers who urgently need a better deal from trade. Together, we’ll be part of a UK-wide movement speaking up about the injustices that mean farmers in poorer countries struggle to make ends meet. Why should we all go further? Small farmers often struggle to provide for themselves and their families and they’re hit hardest in uncertain times. Fairtrade provides them with the security of knowing they’ll receive a fair price for their crop and the long term stability that comes from having a better relationship with their buyer. What does going further mean? If you already buy Fairtrade tea then how about putting Fairtrade sugar in your cup with it? Or if you’ve swapped your bananas to Fairtrade then how about now exchanging your nuts too? Going further really can mean doing something as simple as seeking out new Fairtrade products to support the millions of farmers and workers who urgently need a better deal from trade. Or if you and your colleagues are up for a challenge we’ll be unveiling fun and creative ways to get even more involved here soon. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/get_involved/fairtrade_fortnight/fairtrade_fortnight_2013/go_further_in_2013.aspx

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society Cymru: Ready to Work project MS is a condition which is typically diagnosed between 20 and 50. It is a condition characterised by fluctuations from day to day, disabling relapses and ongoing fatigue. But for many people with MS, staying in work is realistic and it makes a huge difference to quality of life. It is estimated that over 50% of people with MS leave work within eight years of diagnosis. The Work Foundation Report on MS and employment highlighted a number of ways in which people with MS, healthcare professionals, disability employment organisations and employers can work together to keep people with MS in employment for longer. Flexible working hours, scheduled work breaks with a designated place to rest and improved awareness of MS symptoms among colleagues are just a few small adjustments that can really help. MS Society Cymru is working with different groups to raise awareness of supporting people with MS in the workplace, and will be attending various learning sessions for union reps in the coming months. We look forward to seeing you there. For further information on supporting people with MS in the workplace, go to www.mssociety.org.uk/employment, www.yourworkhealth.com or contact the MS Society helpline on 0808 800 8000 or helpline@mssociety.org.uk.

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Take part in the Tidy Tea Break. Everyone needs a break and a nice cup of tea, so support Keep Wales Tidy on St. David’s Day by joining in with our inaugural Tidy Tea Break event, supported by Braces Bread. http://www.keepwalestidy.org Are you a budding photographer? Then get ready to take part in the Keep Wales Tidy Photo Competition. The winning 12 photos will be included in the 2014 Keep Wales Tidy Calendar. So keep your camera with you ready to take that winning shot! http://www.keepwalestidy.org

The information below applies to England ONLY From August 2013 there will be substantial changes in the way in which the Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency fund schools, colleges and other providers. Following the recommendations of the Wolf Review the EFA will move to funding based on students rather than qualifications - possibly the most radical change in FE funding for 20 years. The SFA will introduce a new 'streamlined' system and also stop funding providers for courses at level 3 and above for people over the age of 23. At the same time those who offer HE funded by HEFCE will need to keep abreast of changes to the HE system.

And from Union learn: applies to England ONLY One big thing is the introduction of FE loans. Learners aged 24 or over who want to take a level 3 or above will no longer get free or subsidised college courses, they will have to take out a loan. Many people think this could soon lead to lower age limits or a level 2 threshold. Basically, it shifts the cost from government to the individual. It's the same as HE loans. So we are working with unions to help them negotiate packages of support from employers to help learners wherever possible. No employee should have to take out a loan to pay for training which they need to do their job. Least of all apprentices... Remember the information above applies to England only It will be useful information for Welsh ULRs who work in organisations/companies on the border.

This, is a ULR ULRs are enthusiasts for lifelong learning. Through their own love of learning they encourage and support others to participate in the wealth of opportunities offered by the trade union, employer and wider community. They are also a vital part of the union branch and work with fellow activists on issues around learning. Thanks to Karen Fisher Unison for this great description of ULRs If you are not on the Net News circulation list and want to add your details please contact: Bernice Waugh Network of Excellence Y Rhwydwaith Rhagoriaeth Wales TUC Cymru ebost/e-mail: bwaugh@tuc.org.uk Ffon/Tel: 07917 415601 Same details if you need to unsubscribe. /mnt/tmp/tmpKmgnw2


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Trade Union Education Courses Spring Term 2013 Course Reps 1 Reps 2 H&S 1 H&S 2 ULR 1 ULR2 Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Diploma in Employment Law Diploma in Equalities Using Computers Employment Law Update Short Courses Green Rep Mental Health Awareness Cancer in the Workplace Handling Change & Redundancy Dealing with Domestic Violence Negotiation Skills Organising Vulnerable Workers

Where Newport, North Wales Bridgend, Newport North Wales Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, North Wales, Swansea Bridgend, Newport, North Wales, Swansea Bridgend, Newport, Bridgend Newport Bridgend, Newport, North Wales,

How long? 10 or 12 days 10 or 12 days 10 or 12 days

Newport, North Wales,

North Wales North Wales

12 days x 3 terms 12 days x 3 terms 10 days 12 days

Bridgend Newport Bridgend, North Wales North Wales,

3 days 3 days 2 days 2 days

Cardiff

3 days

Cardiff Newport

3days 3days

Bridgend

10 or 12 days 5 days 5 days 12 days x 3 terms

I’d like to do one of the courses listed but it is not in my area? Contact your nearest TU Ed centre to find out when it will be delivered. All courses listed can be delivered at other venues should you have groups of 10+ Contact your nearest TU Education Centre for more information. Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil & Swansea contact: Kay Smith/Richard Young ksmith@bridgend.ac.uk / ryoung@bridgend.ac.uk Tel: 01656 763233 Cardiff contact: Terry Bishop T.bishop@weasouthwales.org.uk Tel: 07775 448 412 Newport contact: Roy McCabe roy.Mcabe@coleggwent.ac.uk Tel: 01633 466 061 or 01633 466 136 North Wales contact: Nick Taylor n.taylor@fcharlech.ac.uk or TUC@fc.harlech.ac.uk Tel: 01978 318 866 Please click here to download a PDF copy of the TUC course brochure with the spring term courses listed. /mnt/tmp/tmpKmgnw2


2012 December part 2  
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