Unite drives forward with MAHLE to up-skill automotive...

Unite drives forward with MAHLE to up-skill automotive workers

14 January 2014

Unite and Kilmarnock engineering firm MAHLE Engine Systems recently celebrated the delivery of over 100 accredited learning opportunities for workers to boost and diversify their skills range through their learning agreement at a special awards ceremony.

Since the launch of the Lifelong Learning Partnership Agreement in May 2011, Unite members have been able to take advantage of courses in literacy, numeracy, languages, IT and industry-specific certifications, delivered by Unite’s own Union Learning Reps (ULRs) and through company investment.

Both trade union and employer representatives have lauded the success of the learning agreement which both parties agree has demonstrated the drive for learning and personal development among the workforce, keeping the Kilmarnock plant both competitive and viable.

Unite national officer for the automotive sector Tony Murphy said, “This is a gold-standard agreement and should serve as a benchmark across the automotive industry and the wider Scottish economy of how trades unions and employers can work in tandem to transform lives through a progressive workplace learning agenda.

“This demand for learning also reflects the appetite for up-skilling from our members in Kilmarnock - ably assisted by our hard-working Unite learning organisers who help deliver the programme.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved but most importantly we are giving working people the opportunity to personally and collectively improve their skills and learning abilities and you cannot put a price on that.”

MAHLE Kilmarnock Ste Director, Angus Gray, added, “It’s been a real pleasure meeting and awarding our employees with the certifications of achievement gained through our Learning Agreement with Unite.

“I have a great deal of respect our workers who have shown the commitment and desire to take on new learning opportunities and would hope that we could encourage others to do the same. 

“MAHLE Kilmarnock is committed to participating in the Lifelong Learning Partnership and hope to continue to recognise and reward individuals for their achievements in the future.”

Pictured among the learning certificate recipients are site convenor Bobby Wilson, site lead ULR Robin Brodie, ULR Derek Barclay, Unite national officer Tony Murphy and Unite learning organiser Patrick Mcilvogue.


Notes to Editors:

For further information please contact Unite regional learning organiser Pat Mcilvogue 07918 631805 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931.

•    Union Learning Reps are workplace reps, recognised under the Employment Act (2002). They have similar rights to time off and facilities as Shop Stewards and Health and Safety reps - their remit is to promote lifelong learning in the workplace.
•    Unite Scottish regional secretary Pat Rafferty signed the Learning Agreement with MAHLE in May 2011.
•    Unite has learning agreements with many of Scotland’s key employers, including Rolls-Royce, SPT, First Group, National Australia Group, Remploy, and various local authorities and NHS Boards.
•    Where we have signed learning agreements, we work with employers to promote learning and skills in the workplace.
•    We work in partnership with FE colleges to provide accredited training. We sign service level agreements with colleges to ensure our members get high quality tuition delivered in the workplace.
•    Workplace learning is free at the point of access, and funded in a variety of ways, including through Collective Learning Partnerships with employers Unions & Learning Providers,as well as  ILA & ESF.
•    MAHLE is a leading global development partner for the automotive and engine industry, MAHLE offers unique systems competence in the internal combustion engine and engine peripherals.
•    The MAHLE Group ranks among the top three systems suppliers worldwide for piston systems, cylinder components, as well as valve train, air management, and liquid management systems.
•    Almost all automobile and engine manufacturers around the world are customers of MAHLE.