2018 sees the TUC celebrate 150 years since its first national conference in Manchester. During that time while much has changed the TUC’s mission remains the same: standing up for working women and men, and making sure their voices are heard.
In 1868, a group of trade unionists from all over the UK came to Manchester, and together they held the first meeting of the Trades Union Congress, at the Mechanics' Institute.
The original congress agenda included technical education and the ‘limitation of apprenticeships’ which we assume meant the proper regulation of them.
To celebrate this landmark unionlearn from the TUC are hosting an event at the historic Mechanics Institute. The event will celebrate apprenticeships past, present and future.
Guest speakers include the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, who will talk about skills we need now and those we need in the future.
Mary Sayer, who is responsible for the Unite in schools programme will explain how helping pupils understand the importance of how a collective approach can solve issues.
Several other speakers are being lined up. All with the intention of making this a celebration of our history. The activities on the day will include looking at how union representatives can work together, and workshops to support quality apprenticeship programs and give working people opportunities to succeed.
The activities will include a visit by school children from a local school, who will help celebrate our history and a number of short videos on apprenticeship support.
Come and learn about what we are doing to support apprentices across the UK, and find out how you can support apprenticeship programs in your present work place.
It’s an opportunity to celebrate our proud history. But even more importantly, it’s a chance for us to reach out to a new generation and get ready for the challenges of the next 150 years.