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UNISON Negotiates A Learning Agreement with City of Edinburgh Council

December 2013: UNISON has managed to negotiate and sign a Learning Agreement with the City of Edinburgh Council which will ensure that staff have the opportunity to engage in Lifelong Learning and Career Development in their working time.

It’s a great , positive step which has already seen us deliver four Dyslexia Awareness Courses through funding from Scottish Union Learning /European Social Fund attracting 60 Learners and with plans to run IT, Care Worker Skills and Dementia Awareness courses in February & March we are developing a really positive image around Trade Union membership and it’s many and varied benefits.

Delivering Learning to our members is not only a great recruitment and retention tool but it empowers people and can make real changes to their lives at home and in the workplace by opening the door to greater opportunities.

Contact the Branch Office for details

Union Learning Reps

How can Union Learning Rep's make a difference?

  • Do you like learning new things?
  • Are you a good listener?
  • Do people often ask you for advice?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might consider becoming a Union Learning Rep. (ULR)

Learning is a core issue for Trade Unions as well as representation and negotiation. ULR's have a big role to play at the heart of UNISON's work.

UNISON is committed to building capacity for learning, by the promotion and implementation of lifelong learning opportunities, along with the determination to maximise the guidance opportunities for our member's which is creditable.

As a ULR you will have rights to paid time off to carry out your duties, similar to those of Health and Safety rep's and Stewards, and to training for such duties.

Benefits for employers and members include:

Training pays-: the higher the qualifications people have, the better opportunity they have to improve pay levels.

Training builds equality-: getting workers better access to training bridges the divide between the skills rich and the skills poor.

Training builds union membership-:offering help to access learning and qualifications, will attract new members, and hold on to existing ones.

Training can lead to higher self esteem:- Raising the proportion of workers trained, can increase the value added per worker, the better qualified a worker is, the less vulnerable they are to unemployment.


Previous events

Prize Draw Winners from the Learning Day

Meal at Frankensteins - Jan Fenwick, Captains Road
Meal at George Hotel - Moira Phair, Craigentinny
Bottle of Wine - Jeanette Fergus, Craigentinny
Bottle of Wine - Andrew Millar, Regent Road

Beaverhall Road Edinburgh
Thursday 26 May 2005
Drop in between 10am - 4p

Employee Development, Stevenson College, UNISON, DanceBase, WEA etc will all be there.

Drop in at any time that day to find out about learning at Work opportunities, see exhibitions, have taster sessions, raffle.

Lots of people to answer your questions about what is right for you

Some courses like Return to Learn and Improve Your Study Skills can qualify for paid time off. Come along and learn more.

More information from your manager or Dot Paterson, UNISON Lifelong Learning Organiser at 0131 558 7488 or












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