Professional Development Awards for Union Learning Reps

28 Nov

Unite ULRs at the graduation ceremony at Adam Smith College

More than 20 Union Learning Reps (ULRs) from three different unions, including Unite, recently completed the SQA Professional Development Award in Developing Literacies Learning Programmes for the Workplace at Adam Smith College.  Adam Smith College presented certificates to the ULRs at a Graduation Ceremony on Friday, 7th October at 7:30pm.

The course, delivered by Adam Smith College and funded by Education Scotland, provided ULRs with the skills required to develop, plan and deliver literacies learning in workplace contexts.  The course was supported by Development Fund projects within Unite, PCS and UCATT.

The ULRs work in various workplaces throughout Scotland, such as Remploy, First Bus, the Simon Community and the HMRC in East Kilbride.  One of the ULRs who took part in the course was Unite ULR James Lillis, the recipient of the 2009 STUC Helen Dowie Award for Lifelong Learning.  Jimmy received the STUC award for his work in Everyday Skills with migrant workers and “Glaswegian” at First Bus inGlasgow.

Speaking on how this qualification will help his role as a ULR for Unite at First Bus Larkfield Depot, James Lillis said:

“I really enjoyed participating in and completing this PDA for the workplace. As expected, the course has developed my understanding of the needs of learners, but it also developed my knowledge and understanding of policies and funding. This has helped me become aware of new paths that I can explore in order to widen access to new opportunities for existing and potential learning centre users and help me to be more effective in my role as a Union Learning Rep.”

David Cairns, ULR/Branch Secretary for Unite at First Bus Parkhead Depot, said:

“We have achieved a highly sought after qualification, which could not have happened without the support of our unions.  It has given me a great personal boost knowing that I have gained this qualification.  I hope it will inspire others into the learning agenda to improve their Everyday Skills.”

Anne Jardine, Director, Learning and Community, Education Scotland, said:

“As the body responsible for the implementation ofScotland’s Adult Literacies Strategy, Education Scotland recognises the importance of workplace learning within that strategy and as a contributing factor inScotland’s economic growth.  We congratulate the successful candidates and wish them well as they work to develop literacies provision in the workplace.”

Christine Sinclair, Executive Director, Adam Smith College, said:

“Partnerships are central for Adam Smith College and we are always delighted to support trade union learning.  We are particularly pleased to offer this important Professional Development Award in Developing Literacies Learning Programmes for the Workplace.  Well done to everyone involved.”

Jim Aitken, Unite Education & Development Organiser, said:

“This is an excellent course and ideal for trade union learning representatives. It helps them gain an insight into the context in which we operate, overcome obstacles to learning for people with literacy and or numeracy issues and empowers reps to establish a learner friendly environment in their workplaces.”


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