This video is from the series of interviews with Adult Education providers and professionals across the UK, that were conducted following the EPALE UK and the Learning & Work Institute's joint conference ‘Upskilling Pathways: implications for the adult learning workforce’.
Unionlearn is the learning and skills organisation of the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Unionlearn works to assist unions in the delivery of learning opportunities for their members, as well as managing the Union Learning Fund (ULF).
Union learning helps people acquire skills and qualifications to boost their job prospects and improve their employability. It supports a wide range of learning and is especially effective in helping learners with few or no prior qualifications. At the same time, union learning helps learners make a positive contribution to the economy through better skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT as well as a wide range of other subjects at all skills levels. Over the past 12 years, more than 40,000 Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) have been trained, and over a quarter of a million people are being given training and learning opportunities through their union every year.
Ian Borkett is the Communications & Contracts Manager. He establishes systems to support learner progression, quality assures unionlearn's services, and is responsible for management information, the Supporting Learners strategy and the union learning Climbing Frame. He manages unionlearn’s communications through its website, social media activities, national conference and Learning Rep magazine.