MAHLE Engine Systems 1st Year of Learning Programme Successes

21 May

Pat Rafferty, Scottish Regional Secretary for Unite the Union signed a learning agreement between Unite – Scotland’s largest union & MAHLE Engine Systems on the 23rd May 2011 at the MAHLE Kilmarnock plant.

The agreement facilitated the training of 5 Unite Workplace Reps as Union Learning Reps (ULRs), the allocation of a Learning Centre for union lead learning, an office for a the lead ULR, the secondment of the lead ULR for 1 day a week to deal with learning and the set up of a joint union and management steering group to oversee the learning and training programme on site that meets on a fortnightly basis supported by a Unite Regional Learning Organiser.

The ULRs surveyed the learning and training needs of the workforce of the Kilmarnock plant. The Survey produced a total of 537 learning and training requests. This huge amount of learning requests demonstrates the progressive appetite for up-skilling on site from the Unite membership.

The aspiration of the workforce at MAHLE to build on their skills, knowledge and experience empirically demonstrates the desire of the membership at MAHLE engine systems to continue in up-skilling to be a viable skilled workforce for the German based employer.

Since the signing of the learning agreement in May 2011 Unite Union Learning Reps have delivered the following courses on site; Using Computers Stage 1, Literacy Support, Spanish, German, City & Guilds 17th Editions Wiring Regs, Understanding Pensions & Open University sessions. These courses have amounted to over 1,000 hours of learning being done on site since the signing of the learning agreement. All this in less than a year and most learning being delivered in members own time again displays the craving the workforce has for Lifelong Learning and up-skilling.

Please enjoy the short video we have compiled of comments from all involved in the learning programme this year. Special mention must also go to Claire McAvoy lead ULR for the MAHLE Kilmarnock site for her tireless dedication in bring opportunities to fellow workers at MAHLE

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