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The TUC has long campaigned to raise the skills of Britain's work force. It's good for the country's competitiveness and helps people find more fulfilling and better paid jobs. Here are links to our most recent policy and research work on skills, education and lifelong learning. You can find older material using the search facilities. The TUC is also actively involved in promoting lifelong learning through unionlearn.

Unionlearn was formed from the merger of TUC Education and Learning Services in May 2006. This new initiative has been developed by the TUC to help unions meet the education and skills needs of their members.

To find out more about how the TUC and education unions are actively campaigning for better education policies, please visit the Education and Schools section of the website. 


Commenting on today’s announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for ‘a package of measures to support the city’s science and transport infrastructure’, the North West TUC welcomed the package but asked that investment in jobs and skills followed to ensure job creation benefited the local area. Lynn Collins, North...
03 July 2014
Commenting on new figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which found that the unemployment rate for men (12.9 per cent) and women (10.8 per cent) with no qualifications was more than twice that of people with at least one qualification (5.2 per cent for men,...
18 June 2014
Green Growth: No Turning Back sets out the key principles which underpin the TUC’s approach to energy policy and climate change. Taking account of the UN’s latest scientific evidence on climate change, the debate on energy security and the operation of the UK energy market, and on the affordability of...
13 December 2013
Commenting on the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s first annual ‘State of the Nation’ report published today (Thursday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
17 October 2013
In November 2012, Matthew Hancock, Skills Minister announced that BIS would be introducing “Traineeships”. The premise of the programme is that as Apprenticeships improve in quality, young people may need to undertake a programme which equips them with the skills and qualifications needed to secure an Apprenticeship. A “discussion paper”...
08 February 2013
The Government asked the entrepreneur, Doug Richard, to carry out an overarching review of Apprenticeships in the summer of 2012. The TUC responded to the review - you can download the response here.
05 September 2012
The government is currently piloting major changes to the skills funding regime in England. At present the vast majority of the government subsidy for workforce training (including apprenticeships) is distributed by the Skills Funding Agency and National Apprenticeship Service to colleges and training providers rather than direct to employers.
19 July 2012
Reeport of the ITUC's World of Work Pavilion, Durban, December 2011. Unions globally are campaigning for green jobs and skills, at work and in the community. In this workshop, unions from South Africa, the US, Bangladesh, the UK and Belgium share experiences and offer advice on campaigns and successes at...
17 April 2012
This chapter focuses on TUC's current strategy to support high-quality apprenticeships. By Fred Grindrod and Iain Murray.
24 November 2011
TUC response to the Higher Education White Paper. In brief the central message of the TUC's response to the HE White Paper is that the decision to allow tuition fees to be increased significantly, allied with a range of other government announcements (e.g. significant funding cuts), will seriously damage the...
13 October 2011

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