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SUPPORTING LEARNERS NEWS Introduction This is the third in a series of newsletters that has been produced to keep unionlearn staff, unions, project workers, union learning reps (ULRs) and other reps up to speed about: developments in the area of a publicly funded careers service that will affect existing structures and networks

how unionlearn are responding to the changes to ensure that union learners at all levels receive the best possible information and advice to help them progress in learning and work other news, developments and resources that will help support members as learners.

The term ‘Supporting Learners’ is used by unionlearn to describe the activities of ULRs and other union reps when they are working with members to help them make choices about learning, to take up learning opportunities that are right for them and help them to progress in their jobs and careers. Whilst

these activities involve all levels of learning and some elements of information and advice, they also include mentoring, coaching, signposting and facilitating learning. There is a Supporting Learners area on the unionlearn website, for information visit: /advice

Give it a go! Have you looked on the unionlearn website

and followed the link to the unionlearn Learning and Careers Advice Service lately? If so, you will have seen that you can now access and use all of the free tools and resources that are available from Next Step. Have a look at and try out the: Skills Health Check Career values tool

Skills and interests assessment Job Profiles Course directory You can use all of the tools and resources for your own purpose or you can direct your members to use them. You can also just try them out – so go on – give it a go! If you would prefer to speak to someone at the unionlearn Learn-

Want to get on at work? Get in touch with unionlearn’s Learning and Careers Advice Service and find out about: new career opportunities, new challenges, learning new skills and funding to help you.

Call them today on: 08000 92 91 90 (calls are free from a landline)

ing and Careers Advice Line then pick up the phone and dial 08000 92 91 90 (free from a landline) and find out about the help available to you and your members. The advice line is available between 8am and 10pm daily and can be accessed in 9 different languages. The service is operated by Next Step advisers who understand the needs of ULRs, other reps and union learners.

Inside this issue: NEW 2011 Supporting Learners Guides


Coming Soon!


Climbing Frame Apprenticeships Learning Theme


The Supporting Learners Regional Events 2011


NEW Higher Learning at Work website launched


Higher Learning at Work: Events planned


Supporting Learners: Planning for the future


Other News


Contact Us



NEW 2011 Supporting Learners Guides A new version of the popular Supporting Learners series of guides will become available in April. The new 2011 Supporting Learners guides contain both new and updated content and are an essential resource for ULRs and other reps

when helping members with their learning and making choices about their jobs and careers.

mat or order printed copies from:

A web alert will be circulated when the new guides are available. You will be able to either download the new 2011 Supporting Learners guides in a PDF for-

If you have old or previous copies of the Supporting Learners guides then please dispose of them, as much of the information is now out of date. publications

Coming Soon! Two new and exciting guides are also going to be launched in April:

Qualifications for Supporting Learners

- Supporting Learners: Progression pathways for union learning reps and other reps is an additional guide about your own progression and aims to prompt you to think about your own development needs in the area of supporting learners. Here are some examples of the topics included in this guide:

Making the right decision

Progression pathways with TUC Education

Help with the cost of learning Changes to qualifications: How it may affect you - Making informed choices: Supporting learners at 50+ is a new guide which draws on the experience of unionlearn’s Skills, Recession and

Recovery project. It looks at the opportunities available to people who are 50+ in the workplace, including: Developing existing skills Developing new skills Progressing on to higher learning Looking at new jobs opportunities Changing lifestyle, e.g. going into selfemployment or

planning retirement These publications will be promoted on the Supporting Learners area of the unionlearn website advice and you will re-

ceive an email alert when they become available. You can get these new publications either as downloadable PDFs or as printed copies from the unionlearn website by visiting: publications

Climbing Frame Apprenticeships Learning Theme A new Apprenticeships Learning Theme has been added to the Climbing Frame, meaning that there are now

fourteen unionlearn Learning Themes in total, which are available to all users. To register to access the Climbing

Frame and for more information go to: www.climbingframe.uni

The Supporting Learners Regional Events 2011 The regional Supporting Learners events have now taken place and were enthusiastically received by those attending. These useful events will hopefully

take place again in early 2012 so look out for details and book your place. (Right: Photos of the Newcastle and Manchester events)


NEW Higher Learning at Work Website Launched Unionlearn has recently launched a Higher Learning at Work website: www.higherlearningat The site provides information about routes into

and through higher education (HE) and will be particularly useful if you are working with members who are interested in progressing to higher learning. In addition to unionlearn

resources it contains a wealth of invaluable information provided by fdf (Foundation Degree Forward) for those advising and supporting work-based learners, as well as for learners themselves.

Higher Learning at Work: Events Planned Three events are being held to explore the resources available to:

The events will be taking place on the following dates:

Tuesday, 7th June 2011, support union learners consider- London at Congress House ing entering higher learning Wednesday, 15th June 2011, Newcastle (venue promote higher learning in unions to be confirmed) Tuesday, 21st June

2011, Birmingham at the Voluntary Resource Centre (BVSC). There will be opportunities for ULRs and other reps to meet together with higher learning providers and explore ways of encouraging union members to take

up higher learning opportunities. Contact your Regional unionlearn team or look on the unionlearn website:

for up to date venue information and to book a place.

Supporting Learners: Planning for the future It is very encouraging that unionlearn now has plans in place until 2014 for Supporting Learners activity. The new strategy was developed using feedback from a range of sources includ-

ing: - Responses from ULRs and project workers to a survey

- ULRs, project workers and others who attended the regional

Supporting Learners events

activity. Look out for the new

- The unionlearn Direc- Supporting Learners

tor, Senior Management Team and regional staff who take the lead on Supporting Learners

strategy that unionlearn will be working to on the website at:

We reported previously that the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for learning and development Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) would not be relicensed by BIS following a review undertaken by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UK CES).

ministrations have agreed to transfer residual work and the ‘footprint’ responsibilities of LLUK to the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) from 1st April 2011 whilst successor arrangements for LLUK’s UK-wide SSC work are completed. Further updates will be provided in future editions of Supporting Learners News. advice

Other News EMQC takes over the matrix standard The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has awarded the contract for the management of the matrix assessment and accreditation service to emqc Ltd, 15 St Christopher's Way, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8YJ. The contract started on the 11 January 2011 and

will last for 3 years with a possible extension of a further year. If you wish to contact them or if your union wants to be assessed or re-assessed for the standard please contact them by email at or phone 0845 304 8600. Their website is Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) more changes announced

Since then UK CES, key government sponsor departments, including the UK Devolved Ad-


Contact Us If you require further information on any of the topics in this newsletter then please contact your Regional Supporting Learners contact:

Midlands region

Northern region

Paul Humphreys

Dave Storrie

0121 236 4454

0191 227 5561

North West region

Southern and Eastern region

John Halligan

Jon Tennison

0151 236 2321

020 7467 1342

South West region

Yorkshire and the Humber region

Ros Etheridge

Sharon Burke

0117 947 0521

0113 200 1073

Or Ian Borkett

Louisa Shaw

Quality and Standards Manager

Climbing Frame Development Officer

020 7079 6940 020 7079 6934

For more information about unionlearn please visit: Unionlearn Congress House Great Russell Street London WC1B 3LS Phone: 020 7079 6920 Fax: 020 7079 6921 Email:

Supporting learners news issue 3  
Supporting learners news issue 3  

This is the third in a series of newsletters that has been produced to keep unionlearn staff, unions, project workers, union learning reps (...