Learn with Unite in NEYH

gill pearson1The Learn with Unite team comprises seven union learning organisers who are spread across the region supporting over 200 Unite workplace union learning representatives (ULRs) promoting lifelong learning in their workplaces and communities.

Their roles are heavily focused on the recruitment and training of our ULRs in order to achieve sustainable workplace learning models for our members and to grow our branch structures even stronger.

Our team’s regional learning responsibilities are very much a support mechanism. In the community we have been supporting the Unite/NUM centre in Barnsley, training their volunteers and activists in a variety of subjects, with such activities mirrored at the Unite/NUM centre at Redhills in Durham.

As a team we also offer a full redundancy support programme to our members and have supported over 4000 Unite members over the past three years, as well as tying in Unite's ‘back to work’ and retention strategy to benefit our members.

To contact a learning organiser in your area please refer to the contact list below and we will be happy to meet and discuss opportunities.

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Gill Pearson, regional learning manager

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ULF Project Learner Survey

ULF Project Learner survey conducted by Exeter University -

The survey has some very interesting findings and provides a strong backing for the value of union learning.  Not least, it shows the value added by the projects and the return on investment for employers and government.  As well as the huge impact the ULF projects have had on individuals with over 80% feeling more confident in their abilities and over 40% better able to do their jobs, the overall impact of the investment in ULF Round 15 is huge at around £1,025 million.  The total benefits to individuals are estimated to be £580 million, made up of £470 million from higher wages and £110 million as a result of being more likely to be in employment.  The next benefit to employers resulting from the greater productivity of a better skilled workforce (less output lost as a result of working time take to engage in learning) is estimated at £445 million.

Taking into account the cost of delivering learning (by FE colleges and others) brokered via Union Learning, Exeter University estimates that each £1 invested in the ULF generates a total economic return of £10.25, of which £5.75 accrues to individuals and £4.50 to employers.  A limited model, focused on tax receipts, suggests that the fiscal return to the Exchequer from learning generated by ULF Round 15 amounts to £250 million or, taking delivery costs into account, generates an estimated return of £2.50 for each £1 of public funding invested in ULF Round 15.
This provides tangible evidence of the huge impact of the Union Learning Fund project which Unite is a major stakeholder in.